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We're only a few weeks away from the season three premiere of NBC tearjerker "This Is Us," and to celebrate, the Pearson clan commissioned some very special family portraits.

The gorgeous multi-generational snaps, taken by legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz, feature the characters in both past and present form, including the younger versions of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore), and the present-day Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz), Kevin (Justin Hartley), Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), and Toby (Chris Sullivan).



Additional images snapped by Leibovitz were debuted simultaneously by E! News and "Today," and feature each character separately, as well as another cozy family photo. And while everyone looks absolutely wonderful in each image, we can't help but notice that all of the photos share a serious, almost somber tone, suggesting that there's plenty of drama awaiting viewers this season. (Oddly, only Beth appears to be on the cusp of smiling in any of the pictures, though maybe that's because Watson knows that her character won't be dying.)

We already know that the show is set to explore more of Jack's mysterious time in Vietnam, as well as fill in more background on Beth and Toby (including the latter's struggle with depression). Creator and executive producer Dan Fogelman has promised that season three will be the show's most ambitious, and will deal out "some wallops." As if we'd expect anything less from the series that killed off America's most perfect dad with a kitchen appliance.

"This Is Us" returns to NBC on September 25.

[via: E! News, This Is Us/Twitter]