Nicky’s death will surprise fans on This is Us according to Michael Angarano


Michael Angarano shares his thoughts on Nicky Pearson’s storyline and how This Is Us fans may react when we finally know how he dies.

We’re four episodes into Season 3 of This is Us, and there are still two big mysteries surrounding the storyline.

The first being how Jack’s brother, Nicky, dies and the second is who is “her” that Randall and Adult Tess first reference at the end of last season.

I have to admit; I was expecting to have the first question answered during Episode 4. It wasn’t. Believe me; I’m not disappointed with the episode whatsoever. I thought it was one of the series’ best.

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But in true This is Us fashion, they will most likely drag this out for a while. I’m sure we’ll be going back to Vietnam, and they will make Jack’s flashback, and Kevin and Zoe’s trip will parallel.

Michael Angarano, who plays Nicky Pearson, told Deadline that fans might be surprised by Nicky’s imminent death.

"“I think it’ll be a little bit surprising how dark and sad some of this stuff is, because this was a very dark and sad and violent war, and so the storyline feels like it’s very much that…I think a lot of the story is how these two men deal with the same war in very different ways.”"

Vietnam was a dark war. And if you’ve ever watched a film about it or read a book, like The Things They Carried, you get a sense for what these men went through. That’s why the show’s creator Dan Fogelman tapped the novel’s author Tim O’Brien to help authenticate this particular storyline.

We know Nicky didn’t want to go to war, and we find out that he was issued an Article 15, meaning he was a danger to himself and others. O’Brien adds that guys like Nicky lost it because as a medic, he was losing people every day.

"“Needless to say, Nicky’s not a good soldier. And I don’t think he really cares to be at all. So ‘losing it’ could mean many different things under many different guises. It depends on what perspective you’re looking at it from. Losing it might be a very sane thing to do.”"

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As for the other mysterious storyline, Fogelman assures us that we will know who “her” is by the end of this season.

"“I believe it’s going to be satisfying…I don’t believe it’s going to be like, ‘her is a teacher at the school.’ I think it’s going to be good. I think it’s going to be rewarding. Like many of our things do, it will answer a lot of questions and beg others. But I feel very confident in the plan we’ve had for a long time.”"

This is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC. Read this week’s recap, but you should definitely watch the episode first!

Source: Deadline