This Is Us fans, it’s time for you to break out a pack of tissues. The show just announced season 6 will be its final season, and hearts everywhere are breaking. What’s going to happen to our dearest Pearson family? NBC can’t just expect us to walk away so quickly from the Big Three !! The emotions are off the charts.
But there is one silver lining, folks — the end isn’t happening just yet. The final episodes of season 5 have yet to premiere, and we already know season 6 will tie up the concluding storylines. Here’s what we know so far about This Is Us’s final season.
This Is Us has actually planned to end with season 6 for a while now.
Back in 2019 when This Is Us was renewed for season 6, showrunner Dan Fogelman revealed that, in his vision for the show, it would only run for six seasons total. In his eyes, the whole story wraps up nicely at that point.
“We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan,” Fogelman told the Hollywood Reporter at the time. “I have script pages I have written and I’m writing that really are deep, deep, deep into the future. We have a plan for what we’re going to do, and I know what the plan is. “
So what are we going to see between now and then?
There are still so many questions that need to be answered — and with just over a season to do it, it’s a tall order. We’ve always known that the family ultimately gathers to say goodbye to Rebecca, but we have no idea where most of the Pearsons are in their lives (or when exactly this is happening).
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Are Kate and Toby still together? What about Kevin and Madison? And what’s the deal with Randall and Beth, and Deja, Annie, and Tess now that they’re all grown up? Is Deja still with Malik? Does Tess get her happy ending? There are missing pieces that have to do with Jack and Rebecca, too, so fingers are crossed that the end of the show will bring everything to a satisfying conclusion — and yes, probably with lots of tears involved.
But don’t fret! There’s good news.
If thinking about This Is Us ending so soon is making you cry more than actually watching the show, not all hope is lost! Even if the final episode of season 6 is the series finale, there’s still a chance that we might get to see more of the Pearsons (and the characters in their orbit).
In an interview with NBC in January 2021, Chrissy Metz (who plays Kate) said that the cast is “distraught” about the end of the show coming up, and this might not really be the end.
Who knows? There might be a spin-off, ”she said. Who knows? Dan might say, ‘Oh, maybe let’s go season 7.’ Who knows? Listen, we haven’t even finished season 5, so I have to stay in today. ”
No matter what the future holds, there’s one thing we can all agree on: Season 6 will deliver a hell of a grand finale for the legendary story of the Pearson family. There’s still so much to look forward to, so don’t get too bummed out yet!
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Nicole Pomarico Nicole Pomarico is an entertainment writer who’s obsessed with Kate Middleton, Chrissy Teigen, and takes Riverdale way too seriously.
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