We see another side of Déjà in this week's episode.
Now, before anyone starts getting too ahead of themselves, we know for a fact that Jack is dead. He didn’t come back to life. What we can surmise from his appearance is that it is either: a dream sequence or a hallucination—a wishful look at what could have been.
In the promo, we first see a younger Jack and Kate talking. "The guy that gets to marry you, Katie girl, he is one lucky guy," he says, as they play footage of grown-up Kate walking down the aisle, flanked by brothers Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown).
The teaser then scrawls the words "surprise guest" across the screen, and an old version of Jack appears. He reaches out to Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and asks, "Where'd the time go, Bec?"
We've seen Jack before in dream sequences and in Randall's hallucination at the cabin, but no one has seen Jack older than when he died. It will be interesting to see how the writers handle this moving forward. After all, the team behind this show has cornered the market when it comes to clever reveals and shocking surprises.
Papa Pearson is not going anywhere anytime soon.
This glimpse at a senior Jack has caused quite the stir, with many fans taking to social media to react. Find some of those wild and speculative reactions below.
— Awella (@Cheers_from_Lu) March 7, 2018
— Jaclyn (@jaclyn_hagen) March 7, 2018
That's not Jack in the preview for the next episode. That's his brother Nicky. Shame on you #ThisIsUs for teasing us like that! 😭 Also if you end this season with a death I SWEAR!! My heart cant take it anymore. pic.twitter.com/Hpnv2jPJ7q
— April McCarthy (@xxaprilrose) March 7, 2018
— Janani (@naan_jaan) March 7, 2018
— Mr FJPerng (@Fjp_1997_15) March 7, 2018
OK Y'ALL I'M READY.
GIMME THE THIS IS US SEASON FINALE.
GIMME KATE & TOBY WEDDING.
AND FOR GOD SAKE GIMME MY OLD JACK PEARSON RIGHT NOW.#ThisIsUs
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— Mary Lou (@mary__lou_) March 7, 2018
— monty (@jomeIia) March 7, 2018
This Is Us, Season 2 Finale, Tuesday, March 13, 9/8c, NBC