The third season of This Is Us just came to a close after sucker-punching us right in the feels week after week. Even so, we’re already distracted thinking about season 4 and where the Pearson saga will go next.
What will Jack do to make us love him even more than we thought was possible? What will Randall and Beth do now that we know the #DreamTeam is going strong? Will NBC finally launch a spin-off that’s literally just old seasons of The Manny? Okay, so that last one is probably a no, but the first two are valid. Until we get real answers, here’s everything we actually do know about season 4 to tide you over until then. I still can’t believe KEVIN IS A DAD!!!
Season 4 will return in September!
9 p.m. September 24 on NBC, to be exact!
And, yes, there's a trailer:
Why am I already crying?
If you actually watched, and not just listened while you scrolled Instagram on your phone, you might have noticed a ton of new faces.
There’s Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), who's either a soldier or playing one in a moive. But she's not the only new fave joining the cast: Omar Epps (House), Timothy Omundson (Pysch), Bahara Golestani (Animal Kingdom), Julian Silva (Queen of the South), and Auden Thornton (Bull) can all be spotted throughout the trailer.
M. Night Shyamalan also makes an appearance and we can actually guess what he'll be up to. Since we just learned Kevin will be starring in another movie this season, the director is probs playing himself. Love to see it!
Season 4 has a few brand-new mysteries.
Beth and Randall are back on track, but seriously, what’s up with Kate and Toby? Some feared their son, Jack, would die, but we already heard Toby on the phone with him in the finale. Where’s Kate?
As for Rebecca, what’s the deal with the pin the tail on the donkey game? Randall makes a point to remind her that he was her son. What’s going on there?
And lest we forget, who is the mother of Kevin’s son?!
“Fans are going to like the way some things go; they’re going to have questions and not like the way other things go,” show creator Dan Fogelman told People. Ominous.
This Is Us won’t go on forever.
“The finale sets us up for a fourth season that kind of acts as a hinge or a midpoint for the rest of the series,” he said in that same interview. “There’s a lot coming.”
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Fogelman admits, “We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan. I have script pages I have written and I’m writing that really are deep, deep, deep into the future.”
Rebecca’s past without Jack will be explored.
According to People, we are going to see a whole lot more of Rebecca as a widow. “I think it’s a big pull. I think in other aspects of her life, especially immediately post-Jack, the kids have just graduated from high school and are potentially going off to college,” Mandy Moore said. “It’s a big lonely road that she is sort of staring down the barrel of, but she always comes out on top.”
BUT it looks like future Rebecca may not stick around for so long. “I think it definitely feels like Rebecca is very near the end of her life and that her passing is imminent, and that’s why everyone has decided to descend upon Kevin’s house,” co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker tells Glamour.
If you noticed that Miguel was missing from last season’s flash-forward, you are right! He won’t be around in these scenes, but we won’t find out why until season 5 or 6....
But first, more Rebecca and Jack in the ’70s!
“We’re excited to get back to the ’70s with Jack and Rebecca when we return,” This Is Us showrunner Elizabeth Berger says. “It’s a really romantic period, and we’re going to be seeing what happens when they come back from that amazing road trip and reality sets in and what happens next. We’re excited to see our 12-year-olds explore meatier stories about adolescence, and we’re excited to meet some new people that haven’t yet been introduced.”
#LittlestBigThree is coming...
...and OMG, THEY ARE SO CUTE:
This post will be updated as more This Is Us season 4 details emerge.
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