How are we already at the end? It feels like the third season of This Is Us didn’t even kick off that long ago, so now we’re in a bit of denial that it’s officially over. Or maybe we just need some freshly poured-over coffee to sort our feelings out this morning.
True to form, This Is Us was all about the make-ups, break-ups and shake-ups with a season ender that gave us flashbacks, flashforwards, and lots of present-day speeches to wrack our brains over. Kevin and Zoe called it quits over the whole kid issue, as a child (Deja) helped Beth and Randall finally find their door. Meanwhile Kate and Toby got to take home baby Jack (GUYS, HE DIDN’T DIE!), and it seemed like we were finally going to have a happy ending of sorts.
Except, as we said, the episode was pretty true to form. And what would an episode of This Is Us be without a bunch of tears? So in the last minutes of the finale we finally confirmed that the futuristic “her” in question is indeed Rebecca, but Rebecca in her present form left our hearts in all kinds of shambles. Let’s break it all down with the biggest questions we have heading into season four.
How long has Rebecca been like this?
From the hints we’ve been given, it seems as though Rebecca has some form of Alzheimer’s or dementia, and at this point she may no longer remember who Randall is. That completely explains why the family has been so hesitant to see her in the flash-forwards we’ve been given—we can’t think of anything more heartbreaking than having to constantly reintroduce yourself to the person who used to keep you together.
While the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, won’t confirm Rebecca’s memory loss, he did confirm the scene is supposed to make us feel like time has passed between Rebecca and Randall. For us, the idea of her not remembering Randall is heartbreaking for sure. But what made it worse were the flashback scenes to Rebecca’s car accident, and Randall being concerned that she had brain damage back then. This version of Rebecca basically seems to confirm all of his worst childhood fears, and we’re not sure we can take it.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) April 3, 2019
How does Nicky fit into the fold?
Even more surprising than learning about Rebecca was seeing Nicky sitting by her side. The last we saw of Jack’s very alive brother was him alone at his trailer, shunning the family who came out to meet him. Does his presence in the future mean things have changed? At what point did he integrate himself back into the Pearson fold, and how did he get close enough to Rebecca to be the one by her side during such a dark time? Or… (gulp) is he pretending to be Jack because Rebecca forgot her husband died? We can’t even…
Please don’t tell me Rebecca married Nicky. #ThisIsUs
— Mauve Hawk (@semimauvesunset) April 3, 2019
But where was Miguel?
The person we expected to see by Rebecca’s side, Miguel, was nowhere to be found. Does that mean he and Rebecca didn’t make it as a couple? Did something awful happen to him along the way? Is he in a home? Is he out with Kevin getting food? We’ve really come to love Miguel’s place in the Pearson household this past season, enough to make us seriously concerned about his well-being. Here’s hoping things are okay. (Also here’s hoping things are also okay with Annie and Deja, who were also absent.)
— 👑 Jamie (@JamieKacz1) April 3, 2019
Who does Kevin end up with?
Can we please talk about Kevin for a moment? His speech to Zoe about how his mom changed her mind about kids was sweet as hell, but as a viewer you just knew that relationship was over the moment he gave it. Some people don’t want kids, plain and simple, and it’s not an issue a couple can just decide to deal with later—it’s too important. Zoe could admit that, but Kev could not. That made their breakup even sadder at the end of the episode, but at least it marked a turning point for Kevin in terms of self-awareness.
The other silver lining is that we learned Kevin did indeed go on to have at least one child—a little boy who looks a lot like younger Kevin. But who did he have the kid with? And are they still together? Did he get married? There was no female presence in Kevin’s amazing house, so you have to wonder what the deal is there. Perhaps he and Sophie reunited? Or maybe casting is underway…
#ThisIsUs season finale was everything! Beth and Randall working it out, check! Kevin finally admitting to himself that he wants to be a father, check! Deja giving Randall one of his talks, check! But my one question is who is Kevin’s baby mama?! I can’t wait for next season!
— Carlina (@cookwithcarlina) April 3, 2019
Are Kate and Toby kaput? COULD KATE BE DEAD?
Here’s a twist we didn’t see coming: Toby and Kate not being together. But all signs lead to one of two things: Kate either isn’t with Toby in the future, or else she somehow died in the moments leading up to this particular flash-forward. If you pay close attention, Toby says he spoke to Jack and “they’re” on their way. Is that Jack and Kate? A grown Jack and his partner? Jack and some other sibling? Jack and another family member like Miguel? It had obviously been a while since Toby has seen the family (he had never been inside Kevin’s house in the flash forward), and Randall made a big deal about him coming out. Plus Tobes was super sad.
WAAAAAAIT what happened with Kate and Toby!? #ThisIsUs
— Caitlin (@caitiekat94) April 3, 2019
Putting on our detective hats, it feels like if Toby and Kate split and weren’t on speaking terms then it would be weird for him to be there. But if it was a get-together in which the rest of the family was questioning whether he’d come out… well maybe that suggests it’s too painful for him to see them on the regular. Or maybe Kate was cool with him coming, but it’s just easier for them to communicate through their son? They wouldn’t be the first couple to rely on such methods.
Or, maybe this is all just another red herring like the season two finale, in which we all thought Beth was dead or divorced from Randall. At this point we put nothing past these writers.
— Megan Lee (@MeganLee_co) April 3, 2019
So many questions, and so many months until we get any kinds of answers. The good news is that the show has been renewed for a fourth season, so we suppose we’ll just go ahead and enjoy the spring and summer seasons until then. Our tear ducts could probably use a break anyhow.
Best cast. Best crew. Best fans.
See you guys next season.
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) April 3, 2019
This Is Us returns this fall to CTV.