‘This Is Us’: Justin Hartley Reveals Randall’s ‘Rising Star’ Status in ‘Moving’ Big Three Finale

This Is Us star Justin Hartley (Kevin) heads behind the camera as director of the final installment of the Big Three trilogy. Randall’s last solo story will be told in a trio of settings similar to Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin. The scenes will occur at the neighborhood pool when the siblings were children and young adults and in the present day. Hartley revealed that Randall will come into his own in this episode, and his “rising star” status will be subsequently set into motion in a “moving” Big Three finale.

Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore in a scene from This Is Us.
“This Is Us” stars Sterling K. Brown and Mandy Moore as Randall and Rebecca. | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

‘Every Version of You’ features Randall as the star of ‘This Is Us’ tenth episode

The official synopsis of “Every Version of You,” which is the 10th episode of This Is Us‘ last season, will focus on the relationship between Randall and his mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore).

However, the character of Randall is all about making memories with Rebecca at this juncture of his life. He is worried that the growing effects of her Alzheimer’s will make these impossible as the disease progresses. Therefore, he is determined to capture as many happy memories as possible on camera and via experiences.

Mother and son will subsequently embark on a road trip and reflect on their past. Randall will likely address his confusion about why he wasn’t asked to tend to his mother’s affairs in place of her husband Miguel’s (Jon Huertas) passing.

“After dad died, anytime I needed you, you were there,” Rebecca tells Randall.

However, Randall tells his wife Beth (Susan Kalechi Watson), “I don’t want to make any major life decisions with so much uncertainty.”

The episode will also deal with the chilling aftereffects of Randall’s decision to tell Malik (Asante Blackk) to end his relationship with daughter Deja (Lyric Ross).

Justin Hartley reveals Randall’s ‘Rising Star’ status

“This Is Us” promo for “Every Version of You,” the finale of the Big Three trilogy starring Randall (Sterling K. Brown).

Hartley spoke to Entertainment Weekly to address the trilogy. He spoke of Randall’s future and what fans can expect for the character after this titular episode ends.

The actor directed the Big Three trilogy finale, preceded by Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) and Mandy Moore, who led the first two.

Randall will have an essential conversation with Rebecca that will spur him into a promising political future first teased in Kate’s wedding flash-forward in the series season 5 finale.

However, “Randall is on this journey with his mother, and he’s always been the one that took care of her,” Hartley shares.

“She’s explained to him that it’s his time to take care of himself now. There are maybe greater things that he can affect more people than just one, and he might be able to do some things that can affect an entire nation or a world. And he certainly can’t do that if he’s hindered by things he’s allowed to stop him in the past. It’s a moving episode. I can’t wait for everybody to see it.”

How many episodes remain in the final season of ‘This Is Us’?

Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown on the set of This Is Us.
Mandy Moore and Sterling K. Brown | Ron Batzdorff/NBC

This Is Us season 6 will have a total of 18 episodes.

There will be eight new episodes of the NBC series before it takes its final bow on May 24.

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

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