Season 2 of This Is Us was heavy. Not only did we have to watch the build-up to Jack’s death, but we had to watch the evening it happened and the emotional fallout the remaining Pearson’s faced afterward. Then in the present day, Kevin was struggling with his addiction and the guilt he harbored surrounding his final moments with his dad, Kate and Toby suffered a miscarriage, and Randall was dealing with the emotional roller coaster of fostering. It was a lot. Thankfully, the upcoming season 3 will mark a fresh chapter for the Pearson’s all around.
To kick this theme off, the Big Three will be starting the new season celebrating their birthdays, which have always been an important part of This Is Us’ story. Initially pitched as a series about a group of people who share the same birthday, viewers came to find out that Kate, Randall, Kevin were “triplets” and just so happened to share the same birthday as their father, Jack. Kicking off season 3 with birthday seems like the perfect way to initiate these new beginnings. Not to mention, it puts them one day closer to those flash-forwards we saw in the season 2 finale.
One of those flash-forwards found Kevin on a plane to Vietnam to learn more about his father.
Chris Sullivan has already confirmed that season 3 will also dive into Toby’s backstory and what may have contributed to that flash-forward scene of him looking extremely depressed. This Is Us Season 3 has also promised to explore further into more stories of the past and future that fans have been wanting to see such as a Miguel centric episode, the early days of Jack and Rebecca. and more about that mysterious “her” scene between old Randall and Tess.
This Is Us returns for season 3 on NBC Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c!