‘This Is Us’: Here’s One Important Storyline You May Not See Much Of
The ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 premiere left fans confused with all the new characters
“It’s so strange, isn’t it? How just like that a complete stranger can become such a big part of your story,” Rebecca says to Jack in the This Is Us Season 4 promo trailer. “It’s actually kind of terrifying, you know? How a single cross with one person you’ve never met can change everything.”
With a slew of new stories explored on the This Is Us Season 4 premiere, it’s hard to know which threads to follow first. Creator, Dan Fogelman, knows how to tell a story, but all the new faces left fans with mixed emotions.
Season 4 includes new castmembers, Omar Epps, M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Morrison, Timothy Omundson, Nick Weschler, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Blake Stadnik, Asante Blackk, Bahara Golestani, and Julian Silva.
Viewer concern came before the premiere’s ending because it wasn’t clear how the new characters connected with the main cast. That all changed when threads crisscrossed and the interactions with “strangers” finally made sense.
This is the case with that big twist at the end of the first episode (if you haven’t watched yet — spoilers below).
‘This Is Us’ may not spend too much time on one important storyline
The “ah-ha” moment came after following the character “Jay” throughout the episode. The blind singer found love in a local diner, married, and became an expectant father.
It turns out, “Jay” is baby Jack Damon (played by Blake Stadnik) all grown up. The son of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) is shown in a flash-forward sequence. He’s performing on stage at the tail end of the premiere and yes — it’s as rewarding to connect the time jump dots as you can imagine.
As satisfying as it was to see baby Jack overcomes his visual impairment obstacles, this may be the one storyline writers won’t put too much emphasis on going forward.
Executive producer, Isaac Aptaker, spoke with Entertainment Weekly about adult Jack’s future. “It’s a little tricky for us because it’s so deep into the future, and we don’t want to be a show that has robots and flying cars and stuff.”
He continued: “We always want to be mindful of being realistic but not straying from the tone and feel of the show. That said, Blake [Stadnik], who plays him, is incredible. It popped for us, the music was so amazing, it’s such a great relationship, and we know people are wanting more answers. So it’s something that we’re always talking about.”
All of that to say, the addition of another This Is Us timeline is … a lot to take in.
How will the other new characters fare on ‘This Is Us’ in season 4?
If adult Jack’s story isn’t fully fleshed out, there are bigger plans in the works. Maybe the focus over the next three seasons is to: connect the dots they’ve added in This Is Us Season 4, tie up loose ends with existing timelines, and answer any lingering questions fans need to know if they’re ever to move on from the show.
Whatever comes next this season, you can bet writer, cast, and crew won’t let you down. However, if you’re still grieving the season 2 loss of Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia), what comes next can’t be that bad.