‘This Is Us’: What’s Next for Kevin, Randall, and Kate as Season 5 Comes to an End?
This Is Us Season 5 is coming to an end, and many fans are itching to find out what’s next for Kate (Chrissy Metz), Randall (Sterling K. Brown), and Kevin (Justin Hartley). Viewers haven’t seen the Big Three together since the season premiere. But now that Kevin and Randall are on the road to reconciliation, everyone is hopeful for a new beginning. So what’s next for Randall, Kevin, and Kate? Here’s what the This Is Us team had to say about the Pearson family.
What happened to Kevin, Randall, and Kate in ‘This Is Us’ Season 5?
Throughout This Is Us Season 5, Kevin, Randall, and Kate highlighted how race played a role in the Pearson family. In the season premiere, Kate realized she didn’t see how Randall’s identity and life was impacted as a Black man raised within a white household. Meanwhile, Kevin and Randall finally had a heart-to-heart conversation following their explosive fight in the fourth season finale.
This Is Us Season 5 Episode 13, titled “Brotherly Love,” Randall addressed Kevin’s racial blind spots and microaggressions through the years. Eventually, Kevin was able to take responsibility and admit some ugly truths. But that’s exactly what Randall needed to hear. Now, This Is Us fans are hoping the Pearson brothers are ready to start healing.
‘This Is Us’ Season 5 team teases a ‘new dynamic’ between Kevin and Randall
Following the new This Is Us Season 5 episode on April 6, director Kay Oyegun confirmed the fight between Kevin and Randall is over, and they’re ready to move forward. Oyegun told Entertainment Weekly:
I think [the This Is Us] writers and the audience can take a big ol’ sigh of relief and a big ol’ breath, knowing that not only our Justin Hartley and Sterling K. Brown but our Randall and Kevin have come a long way together and can forge a beginning of a new dynamic. So, as far as the support and the love — as best men, as brothers and all of those things — I think people can look forward to a lot of that.
This may not come as a surprise to some This Is Us fans, as Hartley previously hinted how Kevin and Randall’s relationship is expected to change.
“They’re older, they’re more mature now,” Hartley told ELLE in March 2021. “I think they’re also valuing the idea of their friendship, not just the brotherhood.”
Will Randall, Kate, and Kevin have another conversation in ‘This Is Us’ Season 5?
While This Is Us Season 5 focused on Kevin and Randall’s relationship, it seems there’s still room for Kate to join the discussion moving forward. Following Kate and Randall’s conversation in the season premiere, creator Dan Fogelman suggested the Big Three have a lot to talk about moving forward.
“In terms of an actual rift between Kate and Randall, I don’t know that it’s that as much as they’re in a complicated, nebulous place right now and there’s a reckoning required for this family a little bit, and some healing required,” Fogelman told The Hollywood Reporter in October 2020.
Meanwhile, in the above interview with Entertainment Weekly, Oyegun answered whether there will be more conversations with Kate by teasing This Is Us Season 6.
“I’ll say that we’re very, very fortunate to have a season 6 where plenty of conversations are going to take place,” Oyegun said.
It’s clear the This Is Us writers are preparing viewers for Kate, Randall, and Kevin’s next journey. So get ready. The Pearsons’ story isn’t over just yet.