"This Is Us" doesn't plan to be one of those shows that doesn't know when to say goodbye.
Creator Dan Fogelman said he and the writers "are kind of to the end" in terms of mapping out the full course of the show:
"We have a path for each season of the show," Fogelman said during a For Your Emmy consideration panel, via EW. "We've always had a plan... I don't think this show will ever — despite any success it may or may not have — will ever overstay its welcome, and we have a story to tell. And we want to do this the right way. And so we have a plan. [...] I've actually already shot pieces of the final scene in the series."
Do you think those "pieces of the final scene" have to do with some of the flash-forwards we saw at the end of Season 2?
Fogelman said he thinks fans will be "surprised" at how they use the mysterious Randall/Tess flash-forward timeline. He said the upcoming Season 3 will answer "big questions" on that front, but not all questions. The cast members know the truth about the "her" older Randall and Tess were going to see.
Sterling K. Brown was part of the event via Skyke, and shared this tease, via TVLine:
"I'm not going to tell you who ['her' is], but it sort of leads to the end game of our show, not the end of the season per se, but the show as a whole. And who you think the 'her' is, is probably not who it is in typical Fogelman style."
Brown previously said it "will be a while" before that mystery is answered. Chrissy Metz (Kate) had said the reveal was "heartbreaking." Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth) tried to reassure worried Beth fans that she will be OK.
Speaking of Beth, Fogelman said Season 3 will include a "deep dive" into Beth's past, specifically her formative teen years. He said we'll be surprised by flashbacks showing what Beth and Toby were like before they joined the Pearson family.
Speaking of Toby, he was featured in his own dark flash-forward scene at the end of Season 2. Chris Sullivan recently said he was looking forward to the audience getting a more grounded view of Toby to see why he is the way he is.
In other character development news, Milo Ventimiglia also recently said Season 3 would show more of Jack in the Vietnam era. "We're going to explore that side of Jack's 20s and what brought him into the man that we all knew."
"This Is Us" Season 3 starts production this summer for a premiere date this fall on NBC. No set date has been released yet.
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