‘This Is Us’: Fans Think They Know the Real Reason Kate Is Missing From the Flash-Forwards (No, It’s Not Because She’s Dead)

When This Is Us ended season 3 with a short reel of flash-forwards, fans went wild. We loved seeing where everyone ends up, but we have so many questions about how they get to that point. Rebecca (Mandy Moore) is on her death bed, and her children and grandchildren are visiting. Nicky (Griffin Dunne) is by her side instead of Miguel (Jon Huertas). Rebecca is living with Kevin (Justin Hartley). 

Toby (Chris Sullivan) is visiting but does not mention Kate (Chrissy Metz) coming over at all. Initially, fans thought it could be because she passes away before that point. Now, they have a new theory, and it may surprise you. 

Chrissy Metz
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Many fans think this is why ‘This Is Us’ hasn’t put Kate in flash-forwards — yet

Viewers often share their theories about This Is Us on social media after the show. This week is no different. Fans are contemplating why they have yet to see a flash-forward of Kate, and their theory seems plausible.

“What if we don’t see her in the future because Chrissy [Metz] hasn’t had enough time to lose weight yet or didn’t lose it when they filmed that scene. What if she does actually lose weight, and they make that part of the future later on?” wrote one Reddit user.

“I agree, I think that’s why she wasn’t there either,” replied another viewer. 

Fans believe that Kate won’t be featured in any scenes in the Pearson family future until Metz loses weight. They theorize that Kate’s weight gain was because of emotional trauma from her teenage boyfriend, Marc (Austin Abrams).

“Her lack of self-care, self-love, and compassion, in general, are the issue. I would love to see her work through that,” wrote another fan about Kate. 

Hopefully, we will find out what happened with Marc soon, so that present-day Kate can begin the healing process.

Losing weight is in Metz’s contract with NBC’s ‘This Is Us’

Metz revealed early on in the show’s airing that she did sign a contract with a clause requiring her to lose weight along with her character. 

She told TVLine, “That was a win-win for me because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”

Metz went on to say, “I just have to be very clear, whether or not I lose weight or stay the same, it’s purely a choice of mine for health. Not because I think that plus size, curvy, voluptuous, big bodies aren’t attractive — because I think they’re awesome and sexy.”

There is not a set weight that Metz needs to achieve. Instead, show creator Dan Fogelman told the Hollywood Reporter, “We have a general long-term plan that we’ve all talked about, and we will adjust the plan as needed. I mean, that’s life, right?”

Fan theories could be right, seeing as it is true that Metz agreed to lose weight for her character, Kate eventually. 

When will Kate’s weight loss journey begin on the show?

Fans are begging for Metz’s character, Kate, to begin to work on herself. They want to see her grow as a person, particularly now that she has a son. 

“With her issues and insecurities and inferiority complex plus self-loathing, she really needs counseling, which should be addressed. Maybe they can be smart about it and tie in that she wants to lose weight because she has a son. This is a very common reason moms lose weight when they fall into [an] obese area,” wrote another fan on Reddit. 

Season 4 of This Is Us shows us a Kate who is mad at her husband for losing weight without telling her. We also saw a few flashbacks to teenage Kate at the time when she met her first boyfriend. Producers have confirmed that Marc will be toxic to teenage Kate (Hannah Zeile). Many fans have hypothesized that he is the reason for Kate’s weight gain in the first place. 

The producers also have indicated that the boyfriend storyline will be a slow process throughout this season. We hope that as we see the story, present-day Kate also begins to work through her emotional issues caused by this person.

To find out what happens to Kate on This Is Us, catch new episodes on Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. on NBC.