This Is Us producers says finale brings 'big answers' to flash-forward mystery
The season 2 finale of This Is Us gave viewers a time jump to remember and obsess over, as they were afforded a quick peek at the Pearsons deep into the future and left to ask, “Who is the ‘her’ that Old Randall (Sterling K. Brown) was telling adult Tess (Iantha Richardson) that they had to go see?”
This season afforded additional glimpses into that time period, where/when it was revealed that the “her” is actually Rebecca (Mandy Moore), and that Toby (Chris Sullivan) is without cheer and wedding ring. While it has been a few months since the NBC family drama has offered up another flash of the flash forward, here’s promising news for mystery buffs: The season 3 finale will bring you back to the future — and shed light on this enigmatic situation.
“We’ll get some big answers about where everyone’s headed and why exactly they’re going to see her,” executive producer Isaac Aptaker tells EW. “We know that they’re going to see Rebecca, but we’re going to find out where they’re headed.”
While the episode, which airs Tuesday at 9 p.m., doesn’t spend a significant chunk of time in that era, “the time we spend, we think, will pack a big punch,” says executive producer Elizabeth Berger. Aptaker calls the sequence “really powerful” and says that those few minutes spent in the future are “densely loaded with information.”
The little information that viewers already have certainly seems to be stained with doom and dread. What are the emotional tones of this new download of information? “There will be some really uplifting, beautiful moments of it, and there will be parts that are a bit more difficult to process,” sums up Berger. “You’ll feel all the feelings by the time you’ve watched it.”
You may feel all the feelings, but you won’t have all the answers. “Full resolution sounds like it would be boring,” quips Berger. And, as is custom with a This Is Us season finale, “we always try to answer the most burning questions and also make people realize that there’s new questions they didn’t even know they should be asking,” says Aptaker, summing up: “It’ll give people a lot to think on over the summer.”
This Is Us
NBC’s beloved era-hopping drama tells the story of the Pearson family through the years.