‘This Is Us’ Mid-Season Premiere One Week Away—What Can Fans Expect for the Remainder of the Season?

On Nov. 19, 2019, NBC’s critically acclaimed series, This Is Us, left fans hanging with so many unanswered questions. The finale ended with a flash-forward nine months into the future.

Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) are not on speaking terms, and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) condition is quickly deteriorating. Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate’s (Chrissy Metz) relationship is rocky. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from next week’s midseason premiere. 

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Are we going to find out what is ailing Rebecca in the second-half of This Is Us’ Season 4?

Creator Dan Fogelman indicates that viewers should be worried about what is wrong with Rebecca. However, he does not give any teasers related to whether or not we will find out what the root of her medical issue is. 

“We’re going to continue to see [Rebecca and Jack’s] backstory but not because anything involving her memory,” Fogelman told People. “The direction we’re going in, we’re trying to go responsibly, and we’ve been very careful to ensure that.”

With how much Rebecca’s ailment is intertwined in memory loss, and the show focuses so much on memories, it’s doesn’t seem like they will be revealing her illness anytime soon.

Will we find out who Kevin’s fiance is during the back-half of ‘This Is Us’ Season 4?

The midseason finale left off with a slew of questions about Kevin. The major one, of course, is who his fiance is. However, fans also want to know how exactly he got to this point.

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“Kevin is on this quest to find his partner, and his biological clock is ticking as a 39-year-old movie star,” Fogelman explains. “Who he winds up with, old flames and new flames, is a big part of our back half of this season and one of the big things we will solve by the end of the season.”

Thankfully, viewers can rejoice about receiving all of the Kevin-related answers by the end of season 4 of This Is Us.

Will Randall have a mental health breakdown in ‘This Is Us’ Season 4?

Viewers know that Randall has had his fair share of trauma in his life. His brother, Kevin, usually helps him to cope and work through any breakdowns he has; however, when the season returns, Kevin and Randall are not on speaking terms. What could this mean for Randall?

“Randall is a giant back half of this season coming up with a couple of specialized episodes that really get inside of him in terms of what’s going on in his wiring and what’s going on in his mind,” Fogelman explained. “Sterling was just in the writer’s room, and we’re doing this special episode towards the end of the season.”

Could the special episode be a massive breakdown for Randall? Or could it be a sort of breakthrough? At least Fogelman did confirm that we will get a lot of Randall, so hopefully, many questions will be answered. 

Will Toby and Kate head towards divorce in the remainder of season 4?

Toby and Kate ended the midseason finale in turmoil. They were both keeping secrets from each other, and the over-all feeling surrounding their relationship was distant. 

“Kate is feeling like she’s home alone with a child, meanwhile Toby is feeling left out,” Fogelman described the couple’s issues. “They’re dealing with a baby who has special needs, and he’s putting extra strain on them as a couple. They have a very challenging back half of the season, but I don’t think it’s going to go quite where people think it’s going to go.”

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It also sounds like we will get answers regarding Kate and Toby. Most viewers do believe their relationship ends in divorce, so Fogelman gives us a spark of hope that the fans may be wrong on this one. 

You can pick up right where you left off with our beloved family when This Is Us returns on Jan. 14, 2020, at 9 p.m. Eastern on NBC.