Someone really needs to tell the powers that be over at This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on CTV) that our hearts can’t take much more of this. For nearly two seasons now we’ve shed tears over the ups and downs of the Pearson family as they’ve dealt with death, miscarriages, divorces, addiction problems and much, much more. And while we love the show in all of its dramatic glory, we need a little more happy tears in our lives — especially after the last two new episodes, in which we learned how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) died and then saw how his funeral played out.
So that’s why we’re really nervous about this new fan theory, which says that Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson) could be the next character to kick the bucket.
It all started with the flash-forward featured in the Super Bowl episode, when a future Randall visited a grown-up Tess at her job for lunch. It wasn’t totally weird that the dad should visit his daughter solo (dads and daughters can lunch together too!), but eagle-eyed fans noticed that not once in the flash-forward did we see Randall’s hands — or wedding ring.
Perhaps that alone isn’t enough to warrant the worry button, but then in an Instagram post by Randall portrayer Sterling K. Brown, a future Randall’s hands were also behind his back.
It seems a little suspicious, right? Well let’s dig into this a little further.
Perhaps the couple gets divorced down the line. We hate to think it, given how wonderful Beth and Randall are together, but no ring definitely signifies that possibility. However as Refinery29 points out, it’s also worth noting that Beth has frequently brought up her father’s death, and that perhaps the cancer he died from is something Beth is genetically predisposed to getting herself. Perhaps her pregnancy scare back in the first season was also actually a sign that something could be wrong?
Okay so those are two small things. That’s still not enough to make us hyperventilate. Until you consider the third thing.
TVLine’s Michael Aussiello, who always knows about these things in advance, recently posted a blind item that has us officially worried. “An extremely popular broadcast drama that’s been on the air for less than three seasons is eyeing a season-ending plot that would find a pivotal character being diagnosed with terminal cancer,” he wrote.
This Is Us is currently nearing the end of its second season, so it certainly qualifies for such a storyline. Forgive us if we’re jumping the gun but we’re pretty worried indeed.
On the bright side, co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker obviously found out about this fan theory because now he’s debunking it. He told Glamour that Beth’s death is “nothing we’ve talked about in our writers room, so unless there’s some fan fiction making its way to set and getting filmed, I don’t think that’s in the works for Beth! You can tell your readers that Beth’s okay.”
To be honest, we don’t really believe him. Sure, she’s okay right now, but he didn’t say anything about her being okay in the future. He also didn’t address whether the divorce theory has any merit. And furthermore, this wouldn’t be the first time This Is Us writers have tried to downplay the emotional turmoil of something — the original pilot for the series had Jack’s death revealed early on, but then closer to premiere they edited it out so that they could make it a bigger storyline later on.
No, we’re not counting Beth (or Beth and Randall’s relationship), as totally safe just yet. In the meantime, here’s hoping the show gives us lots more of those aforementioned happy tears in its final few episodes of season two.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV.