‘This Is Us’ Season 6: Fans Think That Kate Will Initiate Her Divorce From Toby After ‘Settling’ in the Marriage

As This Is Us fans wait for the NBC show’s sixth and final season, the theories about Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz) and Toby Damon (Chris Sullivan) continue to surface. Following the season finale confirming their divorce, many viewers have wondered how the “KaToby” split will happen. Additionally, some say that Kate settled for her relationship with Toby. 

'This Is Us': Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson wearing a white wedding dress while resting next to Chris Sullivan as Toby in a suit.
‘This Is Us’: Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson | Ron Batzdorff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

The ‘This Is Us’ cast knew Kate and Toby weren’t going to last

Fans first saw Kate and Toby together during season one. The pair met at a weight-loss support group and decided to start dating. In season 2, the couple married. Within the following year, Kate got pregnant with their first child but had a miscarriage. However, the couple was determined to try again and eventually welcomed their baby, Jack Pearson-Damon

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In This Is Us Season 5, Kate and Toby expanded their family by adopting their daughter, Haley Damon. Although they were delighted by the new baby, Toby lost his job due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nonetheless, the season finale appeared to have a silver lining for the couple when Toby accepted a San Francisco job. Despite the distance from San Francisco to Los Angeles, KaToby agrees to make their marriage work. 

At the end of the finale, viewers watched as Kate prepped for her second wedding. While she’s getting ready, her co-worker, Phillip (Chris Geere), is in the next room. Soon, fans discovered Kate is getting married to Phillip, and she and Toby are divorced. In an interview with Glamour, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman says the cast has known about Toby and Kate’s split for several months. 

Why ‘This Is Us’ fans think Kate will ask Toby for divorce in season 6

Since the This Is Us season finale, Fogelman confirmed that Toby and Kate would divorce in season 6. However, the journey of their breakup remains unknown by fans. Many Reddit users have shared theories regarding how the split will take place. 

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In one thread, several fans believe Kate might initiate the divorce. Additionally, one fan argued that the character’s increase in her self-esteem caused the split. Others, though, feel that Kate taking help from her brother, Kevin (Justin Hartley), took a toll on their relationship.

“Toby might end things with Kate if she took help from Kevin,” one Reddit user said. “Toby specifically told her not to, but she promised Kevin she would if the need arises.”

“I think their divorce will be initiated by Kate,” another fan argued in the thread. “This past year, she has been on a road of self-love, learning to realize her own worth.”

“Wouldn’t be surprised if she realizes that she “settled” for Toby because she felt she’d never find love at that point in her life,” a third fan mentioned. “She ends up falling in love with Phillip, and realizes Toby was a “settle for” marriage, and decides to do what’s best for her for a change.” 

‘This Is Us’ fans will receive closure after season 6

This Is Us will return for season 6 in early 2022. Fogelman decided to air the show midseason. Although fans have to wait several more months than a typical season, the series’ creator promises to answer all their questions.

“There will be no looming questions when we get to the end of next season,” Fogelman says. “The audience won’t always like 100% of the decisions you make for your characters, but I don’t think anything will be left on the table. All those future timelines will get resolutions.”