The Season 3 Finale of This Is Us left viewers with a glimpse of the future. The show’s third season concluded by showing the Pearsons in the future, making fans wonder, “How did they get there?”
In the finale, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) decide to work their marital issues with a move to Philadelphia. Kate (Chrissy Metz) brings home her premature baby, which prompts her mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), to move to California to help Kate. Kevin (Justin Hartley), after recently breaking up with his girlfriend Zoe (Melanie Liburd) returns to L.A., seemingly content to embrace the change.
Where does that leave us for Season 4?
In an interview with the EW, creator Dan Fogelman says, “Restarts for everybody. And midpoints. I think it’s going to be very ambitious and sprawling in terms of how it plays with time. Many of our characters are in the middle of their stories, and that’s a point where characters are opening up to new things and new things are starting. That becomes a very exciting period for almost all of the characters, and for some of them, maybe a very scary period in terms of how fraught their storylines are.”
Fogelman also notes that This Is Us has covered various time-periods and plots throughout its three-season run, and moving into the show’s fourth season, the time jumps will continue. However, there are other areas to explore. With Randall and Beth’s restart, and Kate bringing home a baby, the fourth season might resemble Season 1 in some instances. Yet, the show is still trying to bring clarity to areas that still seem foggy or unclear to viewers. Answers are slowly being revealed.
Fogelman says that he has the Season 4 premiere scripted, and he can confirm one thing: “In order to start returning to that period, you first have to fill in some of the middle, and that’s what’s going to start happening in these next few years,” he says. “They’re going to inform what you’ve already seen.”
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