If you’ve been keeping up with all the This is Us hiatus news here on ScreenSpy, or even if you paid particular attention to the closing moments of the season 2 finale, then you’ll know that the show is set to delve into Jack’s experiences in Vietnam this season.
Told as a series of flashbacks, and a subsequent modern day investigation by Kevin (along with new girlfriend Zoe, played by new series regular Melanie, Liburd), fans will catch a glimpse of what life was like for Jack and little brother Nicky (I’m Dying Up Here’s Michael Angarano) during the war.
Fans were first introduced to Nicky when the show began to explore some of Jack’s childhood memories, including life with an alcoholic and neglectful father. We later learned that while both brothers served in Vietnam during the war, only Jack returned.
However, did you know that the traumatic experience made Jack and Rebecca’s getting together in the early days almost not happen?
“It isn’t an easy task for Jack to win Rebecca’s affection, but at the same time it’s not so easy for Rebecca either to get a willingly ‘heart-open’ human being who has just come back from a war,” explains Ventimiglia in a new video featurette, sent our way by NBC.
“Things like that kind of close you off a little bit,” previews ays the Pearson patriarch. “Seeing Jack and Rebecca in this changing time in their lives — we know they converge, so it’s the fun in playing that story. If they are kind of shifted and askew, how do they come together?”
To learn more about what happened to Jack in Vietnam, and how he went from a scrappy would-be hustler to the “positive light” we all know and love, catch more from Milo below.
This is Us returns to our screens on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (9-10 p.m. ET) on NBC.
Catch first look photos from the premiere episode “Ave Maria” here, and our weekly updated episode guide here.
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