‘This Is Us’: Could This Be a Sign Kevin and Cassidy Won’t Last?

There’s no doubt that Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison) have an intense relationship. From antipathy to falling into bed to…whatever is happening between them now, these two beautiful and broken people definitely have chemistry. But is that enough? Fans of This Is Us are wondering if their relationship can possibly survive, despite their obvious attraction.  There’s one excellent reason it might not. 

Kevin and Cassidy had a rough start on ‘This Is Us’

Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson on NBC's 'This Is Us.'
Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson on NBC’s This Is Us. | Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Not to put too fine a point on it, both of them are a mess. Kevin is just starting to face his alcohol problem, and he and Zoe just broke up because she doesn’t want kids. Cassidy is also struggling in her marriage and dealing with PTSD from her military service. Their relationship was certainly thorny at first, and no wonder: Each was facing their own demons, not looking for a date.

Is Cassidy going to have Kevin’s baby on ‘This Is Us’?

Despite all that, the two of them don’t seem to be able to resist each other. Whether they’re sharing a workout or a cup of coffee, the sparks are there between them. That became clear when they slept together — even though they both seemed to regret it afterward.

Recently the show has revealed glimpses of the future, and now we know that Kevin has a child. Although, it’s not clear who the mother is. Now that Kevin and Cassidy have started hooking up, speculation is rampant that Cassidy is the one who’s going to have Kevin’s baby.

Will this factor doom Kevin and Cassidy’s relationship?

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Of course, Cassidy could be the mother of Kevin’s child, but that’s no guarantee that the two of them will stay together. After all, they’re both in Alcoholics Anonymous.

Kevin mentions that the program suggests not getting into a relationship during your first year in AA. In fact, there’s a name for it in recovery circles. There are twelve steps in AA, so when someone is new in recovery and starts dating someone at the meeting it’s called the “13th step.” It’s not a good idea, not for the relationship, and more importantly, not for people’s recovery.

Kevin and Cassidy should focus on their own problems and work on getting well before they start any new relationship. But then again, if they were in the habit of making the best choices in life then they might not be where they are right now.

Good sense might not stop Kevin and Cassidy from getting together on ‘This Is Us’

It looks as though they’re trying to do the right thing. Cassidy is working to restore her relationship with her husband, and Kevin is respecting that choice. Maybe they will both make a mature and healthy decision and just walk away from this potential minefield.

Of course, mature and healthy decisions aren’t always what brings the best drama to This Is Us. And it seems that fans aren’t sure that’s what they want to see this couple do anyway. As one fan commented on Reddit, even though the relationship is probably a bad idea, “…two broken people, still thinking about their exes and fighting addiction? Sign me up for that hot mess.” 

The show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, seems to be hinting that the two of them aren’t going to experience a happily-ever-after story. He said recently to Entertainment Weekly that they would have a deep connection, but that Cassidy was “…going to be somebody who adjusts a part of the course of Kevin’s life. It’s a very deep, interesting, bizarre relationship.”

Even though the signs don’t look great for Kevin and Cassidy’s relationship, long term, it doesn’t seem that this storyline is over. Is Cassidy pregnant with Kevin’s baby? Are the two of them going to figure out how to have a relationship despite all the complications? 

We can’t wait to see what happens next.