This Is Us ended Season 2 with a set of flash-forwards, including Randall and Tess decades in the future, Kevin with a new girlfriend (Beth’s cousin!) on his way to Vietnam, and Toby suffering a depressive spell so bad he cannot get out of bed. Fans are wild to know how long it will take to reveal how our characters got to thee different places once Season 3 arrives. But apparently, they’re not thinking wide enough. It turns out these flash-forwards are only the beginning, and This Is Us Season 3 will jump to new decades the show has never touched before.
NBC’s turn this week in front of the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour brought all this and more from the This Is Us co-showrunner team of Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker. But first things first. Like the last two seasons, the show will begin where it always does, on the triplets’ birthday, as they turn 38. This means fans will have a bit of a time jump, taking viewers right to what cause Kevin and Kate’s new situations.
According to TVLine, Aptaker said:
The show is also going to lean heavier into confronting the histories of side characters, the way they did with Deja towards the end of last season. So far the plan is for a This Is Miguel episode, a This Is Beth hour and a This Is Toby deep dive.
These flashbacks are part of what will help the story move towards the futures the show has revealed are coming. But for some, like the Randall and Tess scenes, it’s going to take more than just a few flashbacks to connect the far-off future to the present. This is where the newest challenges lay.
According to reporter Diane Gordon, who attended the NBC TCA panel, Aptaker says this season brought an all new challenge to the show:
Not all those decades are in the future though. TVLine reports they’ll be diving into the past as well.
The show has spent most of the first two seasons in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and our current decade. This leaves the 1950s and the 2020s as entirely untouched, and the 1960s and the aughts only looked at here and there. That’s four decades still to be explored, and viewers can’t wait.
This Is Us Season 3 arrives on NBC on Sept. 25, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET.
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