‘This Is Us’ Fans Claim Series Ending Will Be an Easter Egg From Season 1

On the heels of the 13th episode of This Is Us‘ sixth and final season, fans took to social media to share their thoughts on how the series will wrap. Many are hopeful the show will not use a cliched ending while others believe the finale may borrow from other popular television series’ whose finale episodes gave viewers satisfaction. Still, a large group of fans claims the series ender was previously revealed as an Easter Egg during a poignant season 1 moment.

faithe herman, justin hartley, eris baker in a scene still from season 1 of This Is Us.
Faithe Herman, Justin Hartley, and Eris Baker | Ron Batzdorff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

‘This Is Us’ hides Easter Eggs in episodes

Throughout six seasons of the NBC family drama, the writers have cleverly hidden Easter Eggs in many of their episodes. These teasers opened up several huge storylines that significantly impacted the series later on.

In seasons 1 and 2, most of the easter eggs caught by eagle-eyed fans were about what would cause Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) to prematurely die.

There were close-ups of the Crock-Pot that would eventually start the fire and the red towel that spread it.

Other clues included a bumper sticker on a car Malik’s (Asante Blaack) dad Darnell (Omar Epps) worked on in a garage. The automobile had a bumper sticker that said “Vote for Randall Person.”

Finally, Jack (Blake Stadnik) offered to be a stay-at-home dad while Lucy (Auden Thornton) opened her restaurant. This reversed the roles his grandfather Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and grandmother Rebecca (Mandy Moore) assumed years earlier. Rebecca gave up her singing career to stay home with their three children while Jack worked.

Viewers claim the series ender was revealed during a season 1 Easter Egg

In a Reddit post titled “Ending Theory,” viewers believe the show placed an Easter Egg in the very first season of This Is Us.

In a 2016 episode titled “The Game Plan,” Kevin (Justin Hartley) revealed a secret hobby, painting, that he’s hidden from his family.

It was during that monologue that fans believe the series finale was teased. This came on the heels of questions Kevin’s nieces Annie (Faithe Herman) and Tess (Eris Baker) posed about death.

“I painted this because I felt like the play was about life. Life is full of color. We each get to come along and add our own color to the painting, you know? And even though it’s not very big—the painting—you sort of having to figure that it goes on forever, you know, in each direction?” he said in the above video.

Fans believe this monologue and painting will play a significant part in the finale.

“I was wondering if the painting would be brought back. I would be OK with Justin Hartley getting the final spoken words on the show,” wrote one fan.

“There will be a montage of everyone going about their lives. When all of the scenes pull back into a photo collage, it will be Kevin’s painting,” claimed a second Reddit user.

“Dan (Fogelman) once said it’s a simple show that will have a simple ending. I agree with those who predict a view of future generations, like in Kevin’s painting,” penned a third viewer.

‘This Is Us’ next episode will center on Kevin’s romantic entanglements

Jennifer Morrison and Justin Hartley on the set of This Is Us.
Jennifer Morrison and Justin Hartley | Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

In “The Night Before the Wedding,” fans will learn which of three women Kevin may spend the rest of his life with.

Kevin’s linked with longtime friend Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison), ex-wife Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge), and wedding singer Arielle (Katie Lowes).

This episode will debut on Apr. 26.

This Is Us airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.

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