Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

This Is Us theory: Is Beth really going to die?

This Is Us theory: Is Beth really going to die?

"I think we've all been holding our breath for a long time". "There are definitely a few cliffhangers, not ones you necessarily see happening or from characters you wouldn't see coming from before this episode", star Mandy Moore (Rebecca) told Deadline at SXSW.

That doesn't mean the show is going to shift away from the melancholy mood of season two and speed toward something brighter and more hopeful in season three. "When Rebecca and I started Big Three Homes, she stopped writing the notes", he explains, but he was okay with that, because, "I had the highlight of my day, right there, sitting by my side every day".

Beth: She might kill us both in our sleep. "It's only once in your life, like a particular blooming flower", he said of the possibility viewers may see him in old-age makeup on a more frequent basis moving forward.

The cast of This Is Us has revealed as much as they can about the highly anticipated second season finale of the emotional NBC series.

During Randall's toast, we see glimpses of where the Pearsons will be in the future. Kate freaks out when she worries that he should have been in them.

The series has also taken what easily could have been a exhausted subplot, involving Randall's foster child Deja (Lyric Ross), and in the last few episodes broadened that into something more resonant than clichéd, while presenting Randall with a parenting challenge that, as is so often true on the show, ties into his past while simultaneously hinting at his future. Along the way, they play the "worst-case scenario" game, where they say things they are afraid of out loud to get it out of their system. The wedding goes off without a hitch, including toasts by both Kevin and Randall.

Things are looking up for Kevin (Justin Hartley).

Kevin is now dating Beth's cousin Zoe and they are seen on a plane to Vietnam.

Ever since we first got hints about Jack's wartime experience and learned that his brother, Nicky, died during the war, it makes sense that season three would further dig into Jack's time overseas and uncover what exactly went down with Nicky. She tells him she's not ready, and he says he's not ready either. That's partly because Kevin spent most of the non-exhaling portion of it talking about his recovery from addiction, but also because the moment seemed created to serve a larger goal: to signal to the This Is Us audience that this period of the series, which has been so focused on continuing to grapple with the impact of Jack Pearson's death, is about to embark on a new chapter. Perhaps after she takes the bat to the auto, they send her away or something - or maybe Tess and Randall are talking about someone else completely. But I also wonder where Annie is and if the youngest daughter would be going to see whoever it is that Randall and Beth are seeing.

Deja was seen smashing the windshield of Randall's auto during the wedding.

Kate and Toby successfully make it down the aisle despite all of the drama swirling around them. "I don't want to tease anything other than you've seen the photos".

This Is Us returns this fall on NBC. Could Toby's recurring depression be related to his parents? For the most part, that change was for the better because, while This Is Us can't be accused of trafficking in realism, it was a little more real in the way it handled issues such as racism, pregnancy, and the process of fostering a child. Though the show made its name partially on the Modern Family-esque twist at the end of its pilot episode, at this point, we don't need a vague flash-forward to a catatonic Toby to know that his and Kate's happiness is fragile.

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