The season two finale of the hit series This Is Us just aired and we’ve gotta talk about those flash forwards that happened at the end of the episode. It goes without saying that spoilers are in this post, so beware of reading!
Another pivotal part of the episode was seeing Randall and Beth’s foster child Deja (Lyric Ross) lashing out after her birth mother left her with them. After Toby’s parents mistake Deja for one of the Pearsons’ biological kids, she goes outside and smashes the windshield of Randall’s Mercedes-Benz with a bat.
Click inside for spoilers on the flash forwards and the co-showrunner’s explanations…
The episode ended with the glimpse into the future, which we’re recapping below.
Kate and Toby
We see that Toby has sunken into a depression and Kate is attending to him while he is in bed.
“I think we’ve seen Kate and Toby weather a lot. Toby has often had to be the strong and supportive one. This is a situation where Kate may have to take the lead on that front,” co-showrunner Elizabeth Berger told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think she is now really emotionally prepared to be that person for him. We’ll see some of that moving forward.”
Kevin is now dating Beth’s cousin Zoe and they are seen on a plane to Vietnam.
“Beth and Kevin have this fun dynamic between each other, and we just felt like Kevin dating Beth’s cousin would bring up so much more fun stuff for everyone to play,” Berger told THR. “So much of season two was about Jack’s death and the details of how he died and what happened, so we’re excited to now be able to delve into chapters of his life that we haven’t yet explored, and just get to know the man better and get to know things about him that even his kids don’t know yet, and possibly even his wife doesn’t know yet.”
Deja was seen smashing the windshield of Randall’s car during the wedding.
“[Beth and Randall] always knew going into the foster parent experience that it would not necessarily be the easiest road, and it would be a road that had good times and had bad times. So it will definitely be a challenge, but they are prepared to deal with whatever Déjà throws at them,” Berger said.
Randall and adult Tess
In a sequence that is 10-15 years into the future, we see older Randall and his adult daughter Tess are on their way to visit someone who they are not ready to go see.
Some fans think that the “her” that they are going to see could be Beth in the grave, Deja in jail, or someone in the hospital.
“I can’t tell you who the ‘her’ is, but we’ll be definitely following up on it in season three,” Berger said. The time period will be explored throughout season three. She added, “We will be visiting it definitely semi-regularly throughout the season, so [other characters] may appear. It’s all open right now, so you might as well take a few months off not to worry and save your worry for season three.”