PEOPLE caught up with Milo Ventimiglia at an NBC and Vanity Fair event celebrating the 2016-2017 TV season Wednesday night in Los Angeles, and the actor opened up about what viewers can expect from his character in the weeks to come — and the emotional reactions he’s gotten from audiences after it was revealed that Jack dies at some point before the present day.
“It was a lot of crying emojis, with like heavy excessive tears after,” he admitted. “People couldn’t believe it. They were like: ‘How can they kill the patriarch of the family so soon?’ ”
“I just said: ‘Guys, just wait. Jack’s journey is not over. Jack is still going to be there, but you also know now how important these moments are with his wife, with his kids,’ ” explained Ventimiglia, 39. “He doesn’t know that he’s going to be passing at a certain age.”
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As for what we can look forward to, Ventimiglia promises that fans will get to see the “evolution of Jack as a father, as a husband, as a man doing the best he can given his circumstance.”
“We’re going to see all sides of it,” he said. “He has moments of pure pride from his kids, and he has moments where he is absolutely broken. And I think there’s not one thing in between all of that we’re not going to see of Jack over the course of the show’s life.”
Ventimiglia also addressed the fact that how old Jack lives to be is still a mystery.
“It’s funny because there’s speculation, and everybody starts to dissect what happens in the episode,” he said. “They say: ‘Oh wow, Kate watched the Superbowl with her dad in 2006. Does that mean he died in 2006 or 2007? What happened?’ “
“I just always say to people, ‘Don’t look at it too closely,’ ” he continued. ” ‘Don’t worry about when it comes. Just know that this man has limited time with his kids and his wife.’ A lot is going to transpire.”
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