'This Is Us' Cast and Crew Tease 'Sprawling' Season 3 Finale, Season 4
As NBC tearjerker "This Is Us" approaches its season three finale, fans are no doubt desperate for some resolution to several of the season's biggest storylines. According to the show's cast and crew, there is indeed some closure coming -- but in true "This Is Us" fashion, viewers will need to prepare themselves for some serious drama.
At a panel at Paleyfest in Hollywood this weekend, the "This Is Us" gang gathered to dish about the upcoming end of the show's third season, as well as offer a glimpse into season four. While creator Dan Fogelman said that the new season would "expand" the world of the show and offer some "ambitious" storytelling," first, fans have to get through this season's finale.
Fogelman promised that that episode will offer "a lot of answers" about the ongoing drama surrounding Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby's (Chris Sullivan) premature son; Kevin's (Justin Hartley) strained relationship with Zoe (Melanie Liburd); and, perhaps of most interest to "This Is Us" fans, the currently rocky marriage of Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson). The latter duo will get a showcase episode this Tuesday, March 26, where they hash out their issues, including their clash over Randall's demanding new city council job in Philadelphia, and Beth's recent decision to pursue a career teaching dance.
“Obviously there’s a tremendous amount of attention on Randall and Beth’s storyline," Fogelman told the Paleyfest crowd. "There will be an answer there in terms of the long-term health of their relationship."
As that plot point comes to a head, so, too, will other major events of season three.
“We have all of our storylines building to that in the last episode," the producer said. "It’s kind of gigantic. The last five minutes of the episode are sprawling.”
Also on deck for the finale is another glimpse into the flash forward timeline, which features an older Randall and his family getting ready to visit Rebecca (Mandy Moore). As for how all of this affects the Pearsons in season four, Hartley summed it up thusly: "Everyone is not okay."
The "This Is Us" season three finale is set for Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.