It looks like the timeline we saw at the end of This Is Us season two is the furthest forward it’s going to go on the show.
In the season finale, we saw old Randall (Sterling K Brown) tell adult Tess (Iantha Richardson): “It’s time to go see her.” Tess then replies: “I’m not ready,” to which Randall answers: “I’m not either.”
Brown had previously teased that that “will help to illuminate what the end of our story will be,” something that creator Dan Fogelman recently added to.
“I don’t imagine us going past this time period in the future so in terms of a timeline, this is our ending timeline,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“But we may have other past timelines we’re going to introduce in the course of the series, and also other future story lines that we might introduce as well.”
As for the mystery of who “her” is in the flash-forward, star Susan Kelechi Watson has confirmed it’s not her character, Beth.
Fogelman further explained of the lingering questions: “It’s a mystery that won’t play out over seasons. There will be answers given in the course of the season.
“Part of the fun of any family is looking at somebody in certain time frame or a family in a present-day time frame and hypothetically jumping forward 15 years and [seeing] who’s still in the picture, who’s not in the picture anymore, who has become ill or other.
“We’ll be slowly getting pieces by process of elimination or more questions… until we get to the answer — and not string it out too long.”
He added that it won’t be “mystery for mystery sake” either, explaining: “The mystery is actually informing a lot of stuff that has happening in the present day as well.
“The interesting part is in the course of the season as we mention this mystery, we’re going to be putting a lot of those things in the stories that it’s not. So it’s not just one — estrangement, death, love, marriage — all those things are part of jumping a family [deep] into the future.
“The question isn’t just who’s estranged, or who’s in prison, or any of the other theories that I’ve heard from people, it’s about where are all the other characters at that point in their lives.
“And that’s going to be also spoken to by what their stories are in the present day. So that’s really exciting for us as well.”
This Is Us will be back for its third season on September 25 on NBC. More4 airs the show in the UK.
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