This Is Us fans were itching to know how Jack died since the very beginning, but perhaps never so badly as after the end of "What Now?" In one scene, Kate asks Toby, "You remember when I told you I couldn't talk about my dad's death?" Toby replies, "Yeah, of course" and Kate continues, "Well, that's because I… it's my fault… I'm the reason he's dead." Say what now, Kate?
Then, in "Super Bowl Sunday," audiences watched as Kate called for her barking dog that was trapped in the family's burning house. Jack, being the man he is, went back in to save the dog. That's not all he saved, however. Before leaving the home, he also grabbed some sentimental items and threw them into a pillowcase. Smoke inhalation did indeed cause Jack's fatal heart attack but, is that really Kate's fault?
Milo Ventimiglia, the actor who plays Jack, doesn't think so. He explained to Us Weekly, "I know a lot of people, particularly even Kate, really feel that Jack went back in for the dog. I think it was more than that. This home, what this home represents to this family is much larger than just the space they inhabit. It's the memories, it's the things, the collected pieces, that Jack ultimately brings out of the house."
The audience may now know better, but poor Kate is still holding herself accountable for the death of her father.