If you’ve been dealing with family drama during quarantine, then you’ll be in great company when This Is Us returns for its fifth season.
Peacekeeper Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) finds herself a neutral party between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K Brown) feud over the care for their mother (Mandy Moore), who diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the end of season 4.
Talking to EW, Metz said of Kate’s involvement in the feud, “Our feelings are our own, and our perception is our own reality. I have siblings, so I know that I have said things that I have absolutely regretted, but also said things that I had always wanted to say, and I didn’t say them in the right way when I wanted to share my pain or my angst or my frustration. I mean, Kate and Randall have such an interesting connection, but Kevin’s her twin, so I don’t know where the loyalty lies, if she should have to choose. And it would suck to choose, you know?”
While her brothers are going toe to toe, Kate finds herself embroiled in her own personal drama as well. Metz doesn’t go too deep into it, but she shares, “I’m privy to some information about what’s happening with Kate in the present day that she hasn’t really contended with from the past. We didn’t know that she was dealing with this, and it was something that she went through.'”
Apparently, the storyline is so wild that Dan Fogelman reached out to make sure that Metz was alright with doing it.
“I was like ‘Me?’ I literally was like, ‘Wait. Kate?’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah,’ and I’m like, ‘I did not see that coming. Wow. Okay. Cool. Cool.’ I was pretty much shocked. And I do think that it’s really important with TV, film, art in any capacity to not necessarily educate us, but enlighten us to someone else’s issues or previous experiences and how that can shape and change our minds and our thoughts about them or what we might be going through.”
This Is Us will premiere its fifth season on Oct. 27 with a two-hour season opener.
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