‘This Is Us’: Dan Fogelman Admits It ‘Wouldn’t Be Responsible’ to Make Season 7

This Is Us has been among the top shows on television since it premiered in 2016. And unfortunately, all good things must end, so the NBC drama is concluding after season 6. The world will never get to see This Is Us Season 7, but according to Dan Fogelman, that’s a good thing.

Dan Fogelman, who created 'This Is Us,' which is ending before season 7, wears a black blazer over a black shirt and dark jeans.
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‘This Is Us’ won’t have a season 7

Before the This Is Us Season 5 finale, NBC announced that season 6 would be the show’s swan song. Fans were upset, but the news allowed the This Is Us writers and producers to prepare for the final season. This way, they could wrap up all their stories in a neat little bow.

The series is halfway into season 6, and it’s more emotional and revelatory than ever.

Nicky eventually marries a flight attendant named Edie. Rebecca announced that Miguel would handle her end-of-life care decisions, and if he weren’t around to do so, Kate would take his place. Kevin decided to begin a nonprofit construction company called Big Three Homes with Nicky and Cassidy and employ veterans. And Randall is running for a senate seat, which he will undoubtedly win.

But the main event of This Is Us Season 6 has revolved around Kate and Toby’s marriage collapsing. Toby divides his time between Los Angeles and San Francisco because of his job, putting a strain on his and Kate’s relationship. They constantly fight, and it’s clear that they’re growing apart. It’s only a matter of time before Kate and Toby divorce. And there are still eight episodes left for more shenanigans and heartbreaks.

If there’s one good thing about This Is Us Season 7 not happening, your tear ducts will thank you.

Dan Fogelman explained why they decided to end ‘This Is Us’ before season 7

According to NBC Insider, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman revealed why a season 7 wasn’t happening during a Television Critics Association press event.

“It’s not because we don’t have any more story to tell,” he shared. “It’s because we exactly planned it to go this way. And so we’re on a five‑year path, and to suddenly pivot and add more because we don’t want it to end, it wouldn’t be quite responsible to the show and what we have planned, and it would start becoming something else.”

As Fogelman has stated in previous interviews, he had a pretty clear vision of how he wanted the series to end. And it sounds like he believes that pivoting from that to make This Is Us Season 7 would be an injustice to the show and its fans.

Dan Fogelman addresses the idea of a spinoff

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Dan Fogelman contemplated the idea of a This Is Us spinoff since season 7 isn’t happening.

“I mean, you have your moments,” the creator revealed. “It’s a testament to how much I like the people on this show and how much the crew loves each other. You have this very definitive thing that you’ve been thinking about for six years, and you can’t help but suddenly go, ‘Oh man, this is actually really happening. It’s actually ending. But what if?'”

Fogelman added, “Honestly, more than the commerce of it all, we’re not all ready to end making this show. But I’ve been pretty firm on creatively just knowing that it would be really hard to go past where we’ve gone this year. And it would be hard to keep the level where we’ve all tried to keep the level. So it definitely feels like the end and the time to go.”

“Who the hell knows?” he concluded. “My wife is very excited to go turn on the Sex and the City show all this time later. So I’m not speaking about the far future — or even the near future — though there’s certainly no plans. But in terms of any continuous spinoff or continuation of the show? No, we’re definitely bringing it to the end.”

This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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