The people behind the scenes at This Is Us know how distraught we are over Jack’s tragically doomed (fictional) life. Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Papa Pearson (but disagrees with some things he does), even offered to help us cope with the super sad story line. And while there were hints in the first season about Jack’s iffy (and inevitably heartbreaking) fate, there are bigger — potentially more devastating? — things to come in season two.

“When it’s all said and done — after six seasons of the show, eight seasons of the show, four seasons of the show — looking back, season two will probably feel like our biggest in story content, just because the moves are really big,” creator Dan Fogelman told Entertainment Weekly. That makes us both wildly excited and totally nervous.

“There are some heavyweight story lines that people are waiting for and not even expecting that are going to come up that will be hard to match in the future, and then set forth some new bombshell stuff that will carry us through for seasons to come and keep people as interested,” Fogelman continued. (We’re already grabbing tissues to prep for ALL the tears.)

As fans likely remember, season one ended with Kevin (Justin Hartley) heading to LA despite leaving things somewhat unfinished with his ex-wife Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge); Kate (Chrissy Metz) focusing on her singing career while also wanting to create a healthy relationship with Toby (Chris Sullivan); and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) jobless and pondering adoption with wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson).

And then, of course, there’s the whole Jack situation. “It’s… fair to say that we are going to be putting forth some new questions… that particularly involve Jack’s fate,” Fogelman told EW. “But the answers people are looking for are going to come to them. When exactly? How quickly? I can’t really talk too much, only to say that a big piece of the puzzle will be delivered very, very early in the season.”

We should probably start to emotionally prepare ourselves for the heartrending drama before season two returns to NBC this fall.

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