If you had any concerns that learning how Jack Pearson died would take the mystery out of This Is Us (Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), all you needed to do was tune into Tuesday night’s second-season finale, which injected plenty of intrigue back into the show via some creative flash forwards.
It all went down during Kate and Toby’s big wedding day, which introduced us to several new characters including Toby’s divorced parents (played by Dan Lauria and Wendie Malik), and Beth’s cousin Zoe (played by Melanie Liburd). And while I’m happy to report the wedding went off in the end — despite strong indications of a Runaway Bride theme potentially happening — we were all left with some pretty big questions about what might come next. So, in no particular order, here they are.
How is Randall going to react to Deja’s temper tantrum?
We all know that Randall’s car is like another child to him. As he told William in the pilot, he paid for it in cash, a fact that Kevin reminded us of in Tuesday’s finale. If Randall was that upset about Kevin potentially spilling ice cream while in the vehicle, how much will he flip his lid when he learns Deja took a baseball bat to the thing? And all because Toby’s mom said that Deja looked like Randall. How freaking sad is that?
Who are Randall and Tess avoiding in the flash forward?
I’m still not convinced that something isn’t up with Beth, but my Spidey sense tells me that Tess and Randall weren’t putting off seeing her in that flash forward. It would be too easy. If it is her, my money is on her having Alzheimers or something along those lines… but the person in question could also be Deja or even Annie. Whatever it is, I’m guessing it’s going to be heart-breaking and a part of a larger mystery when the show returns.
What sets Toby’s depression off?
I love, love, love where the writers seem to be going with Toby’s storyline next season. He’s always been pictured as that happy-go-lucky guy with big feelings, but sometimes it’s the funniest, happiest people in the room who are hit with depression the hardest. Obviously that happens for Toby next year, but at least Kate and his dog will be there for him. In the meantime, this seems like a great opportunity to explore the crippling effects of depression a little more in-depth, something that we don’t always get to do on television. And I couldn’t think of a better person to portray that that Chris Sullivan — just watch him in The Knick and tell me you disagree.
Will Kate and Toby get pregnant again?
This season, one of the hardest things to watch was when Kate got pregnant but then lost the baby. Even though it wasn’t planned, you knew that kid was going to be so loved. So now, going forward, I can’t help but want Toby and Kate to try again, despite all of their other issues.
How serious are Zoe and Kevin?
We’ve been waiting for something good to happen to Kevin ever since he came face-to-face with his addiction, and it looks as though whatever kind of relationship he’s in with Zoe could be it. In another flash forward we saw the pair landing in Vietnam (where Jack served), so it seems like the trip is some kind of exploratory mission for Kevin’s feelings and backstory. Kevin wouldn’t just take anyone to the country, would he? I think not. But what does this mean for his on-again, off-again relationship with Sophie? And more importantly, how will Beth and Randall feel about it all? Questions, questions…
Will the Pearsons ever accept Miguel?
Poor Miguel. As Rebecca was coping to feeling worried about how her presence at Kate’s wedding would affect her daughter or set her off, Miguel pointed out that everything about him reminded everyone else of Jack, instantly setting the entire clan off. So could he just blend into the background already? In season three I think it’s about time the Pearson clan accept Miguel for the strong presence he’s been in Rebecca’s life, and appreciate that he’s been there for their mom in the wake of such a tragedy. It’s not like he moved in on Rebecca immediately following the death or anything like that. So don’t they both deserve to be happy?
Hopefully, that’s for season three to tell us.