‘This Is Us’ Fans Are Convinced This Character Will End Kevin and Randall’s Heartbreaking Feud
The flash-forwards in NBC’s This Is Us are arguably more important than the flashbacks because of how much those clips say about the present time. During the first half of the current fourth season, viewers have seen a future Jack Damon (Toby and Kate’s child) become a blind pop star who happens to fulfill his grandmother’s own career dreams.
On top of this, we see some not so pleasant things in the distant future. At one point, we see Rebecca bedridden from some kind of disease that’s assumed to affect her memories. Then there’s another uncomfortable situation: Kevin and Randall appear to not be speaking to one another in a more recent future timeline.
Reddit users have been discussing all the flash-forwards this season and positing whether Kevin and Randall not speaking is a temporary plot point.
Fans take umbrage with Kevin speaking to Rebecca about Randall
Viewers will remember that flash-forward, before This is Us’s mid-season hiatus, had Kevin speaking a bit gruffly to his mom. At this point in time, everyone sees she has some kind of dementia problem or related ailment.
When talking about Randall, Kevin tells Rebecca he and Randall aren’t speaking anymore. He ends it with an emphatic “remember?”
Some fans took issue with Kevin speaking to his mom like this when she’s been suffering from memory issues. Not that such a scene shouldn’t have been done because it just tells viewers how honest This Is Us is about family issues.
In almost every episode, some uncomfortable truth comes out about how families communicate. It frequently involves sibling rivalry, either lasting years or just for short periods of time.
Everyone has to assume the two brothers had a falling out about something related to someone in the family. Was it about Rebecca’s health, or something more petty?
Did Kevin and Randall argue over Rebecca’s health problems?
There isn’t anything more true to life than families sometimes disagreeing about the proper care for an ill parent. Almost any family can relate to such scenarios, including when it involves something potentially complex as dealing with dementia.
It’s not revealed yet what Kevin and Randall had a falling out over, but Reddit users have been speculating all over the place. Some think it’s something to do with Kate. Others think it might involve Sophie and Kevin’s relationship with her.
The better bet is it indeed does involve Rebecca and how the family is going to deal with her future medical care. Maybe Kevin doesn’t think she has dementia and Kevin knows she does.
An interesting irony to this is Mandy Moore recently revealed Rebecca really doesn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia. As a result, it’s leading to the more speculation she instead has brain cancer or multiple sclerosis.
Whatever it is afflicting her, the stress of how she’ll deal with it might have led to Kevin and Randall having their worst fight ever.
How Uncle Nicky could bring them back together
This Is Us writers clearly enjoy finding family parallels through the generations, giving credence to the idea everything seems to repeat in family history. In the case of the Randall/Kevin falling out, it would fall in line with how Jack and his brother, Nicky, didn’t speak to one another after the two came home from Vietnam.
Now known as Uncle Nicky (played by the excellent Griffin Dunne), viewers may see him become a key figure in bringing Kevin and Randall back together. Then again, nobody knows if he’s still alive at the time the brotherly rift occurs.
If not, the memory of Jack and Nicky never reconciling may weigh heavily on Kevin and Randall. All indications show the family members are going to be seen together eventually around Rebecca’s death bed, a place where the two bros are almost sure to reconcile based on each family member’s previous close bonds.