‘This Is Us’ Season 6: Chris Sullivan Teases an Upcoming Couple’s Trip for Kate and Toby — ‘It’s an Uphill Battle’

The end of Kate and Toby is inevitable in This Is Us Season 6. And although the writers are taking their time to handle their separation with care, it’s only a matter of time before the couple divorces. Fans know a sprinkling of clues regarding how Kate and Toby separate. But an upcoming getaway may give the audience even more insight into why the couple’s marriage doesn’t last.

'This Is Us' Season 6 stars Chrissy Metz and Chris Sullivan, in character as Kate and Toby, share a scene. Toby, holding Kate's hands, wears a dark gray sweater. Kate wears a pink dress with black polka dots.
Chrissy Metz as Kate and Chris Sullivan as Toby | Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Kate and Toby will divorce in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6, perhaps thanks to a Big Green Egg Smoker

This Is Us Season 6 Episode 3 gave fans the most significant clue to date about the implosion of Kate and Toby’s marriage. Their son, Jack, and his wife, Lucy, are having a cookout in the future. Jack uses a Big Green Egg smoker, but Lucy is worried about him. She calls the smoker “the literal symbol of the day your mom and dad’s marriage blew up.” Plus, Jack reveals that the incident with the smoker is his first memory, which left him with a scar on his forehead.

So, we know that whatever happens on that day is a turning point for the couple. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Chris Sullivan, who plays Toby, teased the Big Green Egg accident.

“There’s always a turning point, even if there are a thousand small moments that lead to that turning point,” he said. “The Big Green Egg is a symbol of a day where we arrive at that crossroads. But you can’t arrive at that crossroads without taking a thousand single steps. Everything you’re seeing now are these steps toward that inevitability.”

Sullivan gave more insight into the incident by saying, “When the smoke clears, the line will have been drawn.”

His comments are cryptic and ominous, which is typical for most teases from the This Is Us cast. But Sullivan makes us nervous to see what goes down between Kate and Toby in This Is Us Season 6.

Chris Sullivan shares how the couple will try to make it work

During the interview with Entertainment Weekly, Chris Sullivan described the episode where Kate and Toby take a weekend trip to fix their marital problems.

“Sometimes people are just trying so hard to get a round peg into a square hole,” the actor shared. “And just because you want something to work out or just because you want something to go a certain way, that doesn’t mean you just get what you want just because you want it.”

Sullivan continued, “There has to be seismic change. And in the end, it has to come from both people, and it has to be synchronized in the same direction. Shaking things up with a trip and all of the stress that goes along with that is … [laughs] well, it’s an uphill battle for both of ’em.”

Given that the audience knows Kate and Toby’s future in This Is Us, it’s likely that their trip will hurt their marriage more than help it.

Will Kate and Toby’s trip occur in ‘This Is Us’ Season 6 Episode 9?

Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, told Entertainment Weekly, “The episode that I got to co-write, which is [episode] 9, which is Kate’s episode — that’s going to be a massive turning point for Kate and Toby.”

Perhaps the couple will go on their trip in This Is Us Season 6 Episode 9? Or maybe fans will get to see the Big Green Egg smoker accident play out? Whatever the case may be, viewers should stock up on tissues for the momentous episode.

This Is Us Season 6 will return with new episodes on Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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