‘This Is Us’: Sterling K. Brown Doesn’t Think We’re Ready for the Winter Premiere In 2020 and Honestly, He’s Right

The This Is Us Season 4 fall finale left fans devastated about the Pearson family. The episode, titled “So Long, Marianne,” aired a flash-forward, nine months in the future on Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz), and Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) 40th birthday. But instead of a celebration, it was as if all the joy was sucked out of the room. Now, fans are waiting to see what happened to the Pearson family. But in a recent interview, Brown opened up about the This Is Us Season 4 winter premiere airing on Jan. 14, 2020. And quite frankly, his remarks are cause for worry.

What happened to the Pearson family in the ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 fall finale?

In “So Long, Marianne,” This Is Us set up a cliffhanger for each of the Pearson children. After experiencing some distance with Toby (Chris Sullivan) throughout the fourth season, Kate accidentally stumbled upon a text message on her husband’s phone.

“Trying to get past it, but it’s hard,” Toby wrote to his CrossFit group text. And then someone called “LadyKryptonite” replied, “Don’t let her bring you down. Here for you.”

Meanwhile, This Is Us confirmed Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) memory is deteriorating. Prior to the fall finale, Randall expressed his concerns about his mother’s health. And although Rebecca initially denied Randall’s claims, the Pearson matriarch finally told Randall she needed to see a doctor on Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, in the This Is Us Season 4 fall finale flash-forward, Kevin revealed he has a pregnant fiancée. Also, fans learned Kevin and Randall aren’t on speaking terms.

Where is the Pearson family when the ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 winter premiere airs on NBC?

In an interview with Us Weekly on Dec. 13, Brown hinted at what’s coming in the This Is Us Season 4 winter premiere. And it seems fans will continue where the NBC drama left off in the fall finale.

“Toby and Kate are sort of working through some marital things,” Brown said. “So Beth [Susan Kelechi Watson] and Randall are cool now, but now it’s my sister and her husband, and I’m crossing my fingers and wishing them the best.”

He continued: “We know that Kevin has an idea towards what he wants in life, finally. And so we’ll start to explore if and how he’s able to materialize what it is that he’s calling into being, in terms of starting his own family.”

The actor also confirmed This Is Us will continue diving into the deterioration of Rebecca’s memory moving forward.

“Most touchingly, the storyline with Rebecca. It’s a beautiful storyline, beautifully portrayed by Mandy Moore,” Brown said. “That scene in the Chinese restaurant, by the way, at the end of the fall finale was just gorgeous, and that’s something that we will continue to explore.”

Sterling K. Brown says fans aren’t ready to see the ‘This Is Us’ Season 4 winter premiere

Sterling K. Brown attends NBC's "This Is Us" Pancakes with the Pearsons at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on August 10, 2019 in West Hollywood, California.
Sterling K. Brown | Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic

Nevertheless, don’t expect the This Is Us Season 4 winter premiere to ease you back into the drama. Still speaking with Us Weekly, Brown revealed he recently watched clips from the upcoming Jan. 14 episode. And the actor teased that it left him “screaming.”

“I was just in [creator] Dan Fogelman’s office yesterday and he was showing me glimpses of episode 4×10,” Brown said. “And the end of 4×10 had me screaming at the TV out loud. It’s one of the more shocking things that I’ve seen.”

Brown also noted he already knew what was going to happen in the tenth episode. So his strong emotional response makes one thing clear — fans will be distraught once the This Is Us winter premiere airs.

“I knew what was going to happen. But like, when I saw it, I was like, ‘They’re not ready.’ The audience is going to collectively gasp when they see our premiere for the second half of the season,” Brown said. “That’s all I can really say.”

But is it a good shock or a bad one? These are the questions that need to be answered, people! Regardless, we know the Pearson family will make it out the other end. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brown hinted the Pearsons will be able to move forward together — whenever that may be. He said:

Rebecca’s cognition and the state of the matriarch of this family is going to be something that’s tough to watch for most people and how they come to terms with it, accept it, how they move forward with it. It’s uncomfortable to watch someone that you love start to fail themselves. Their body, their brains starting to fail themselves is something tough to watch. But what I love is that this family never forsakes: They show up for each other, and you find a way to move forward together. That’s something that most families can relate to and will find hope in, that you come together. Even when you fracture — and you may fracture for a period of time — you ultimately, at the end of the day, come back together.

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