‘This Is Us’ Star Sterling K. Brown Reveals What Creator Dan Fogelman Has In Store After the Fall Finale
It’s hard to believe season 4 of This Is Us is already on the cusp of its fall finale and yet, here we are. With so many twists and turns adding to the show’s mysteries, what can creator, Dan Fogelman, possibly do to stress fans out next? Read on to find out what Sterling K. Brown has to say about what may come of This Is Us after the holidays.
Sterling K. Brown reveals his favorite ‘This Is Us’ twists
With the fall finale ahead, Brown told Daily News some of his favorite twists and turns of the series. They’re likely some of the very same fans have at the top of the list.
“I mean the pilot,” he said last month. “The pilot is one of the best sort of pull-offs, I think, in the history of television. To think that everybody is existing at the same time, right? And then to find out, like, oh, they’re their parents?”
He joked that not everyone kept up with the show’s shockers. Even Brown’s mom had a few questions.
“I think she was doing her laundry,” he added. “I was like, ‘No, Mama, you can’t do the laundry while you’re watching my TV show.’ I think that was a great [twist].”
As for the biggest twist of the drama, Brown is with the rest of us in saying Jack’s death, which was hinted at early on but not revealed until season 2, tops them all.
“Then it was about. like, trying to figure out how he had passed away. I don’t even know if we anticipated that one,” Brown said. “And then it took on a whole life of its own. It was amazing.”
The show, which unravels the lives of the Pearsons who consist of Rebecca (Mandy Moore), Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), and their children Randall (Brown), Kevin (Justin Hartley), and Kate (Chrissy Metz).
The biggest reveal this season, Brown said, came during the final scenes of the season 4 premiere of This Is Us.
“Finding out Jack Damon is actually the son of Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate, I think, was really masterfully executed,” Brown said.
What’s to come on ‘This Is Us’ after the fall finale?
Like everyone else who works on the show, Brown isn’t exactly spilling all the details. However, when it comes to what fans can expect coming off the fall finale, he hinted that Fogelman won’t do what you expect him to.
“There’ll be a few more [twists], you know. … [Creator] Dan Fogelman is somebody who likes to keep people minding their Ps and Qs, you know what I’m saying?” he said.
“So once folks think they know what the format of the show is, he likes to kind of flip it on its ear and gives them something a little different.”
To press him further means you won’t get much else. He added the difficulty to keep the secrets mum when a beloved series is “going on for half of the year.”
We think Fogelman would say you’re doing great, Sterling, sweetie.
Brown plays a strict father of an athlete in his next project, ‘Waves’
Brown’s next project, Waves, follows an upper-middle-class family in Florida whose family revolves around their star high school athlete (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), whose reckless decisions lead to tragedy.
Brown plays Ronald, the father of the star athlete. He relates as Brown has two boys of his own — Andrew, 8, and Amaré, 4, whom he shares with his wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe.
“It’s heavy,” he told The News. “I felt that I’d never seen an African-American family in a story like this.”
Brown told USA Today how Waves affected him in real life saying the film, “allowed me to be even more attentive to making sure they felt they had the space to express themselves.”
He went on to add he doesn’t expect perfection but wants them to give their best effort.
“And when they fall short of the mark, they can come to their parents, and they’re going to be loved.”
Watch Brown assault your tear ducts in This Is Us Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.