‘This Is Us’: Will Fans Get to Meet Toby’s Brother This Season?
It’s been a hot minute since NBC’s hit tear-maker, This Is Us, began its fall hiatus. For some fans, it feels like an eternity since last we saw our beloved Pearson clan. The last episode ended with a Pandora’s box of new mysteries unearthed, bringing one very important backstory detail to light. That said, everyone’s talking about Toby (Chris Sullivan) and Kate (Chrissy Metz). Will the rest of season 4 reveal anything more about Toby’s brother?
Season 3 explored Toby’s backstory
The episode dedicated to Toby Damon explored how Kate’s husband came to be. In case you don’t recall, let us re-cap so pieces of Toby aren’t muddled between other storylines.
Toby’s childhood revealed him to be anxious, awkward, and not as socially extroverted as adult Toby is. His father’s only advice came in the moments before he moved out and divorced Toby’s mother. He told an already upset Toby to get control of his emotions because “it won’t fly when you’re grown.”
That may have been the kiss of death. Even as a small boy, Toby wore his heart on his sleeve. The older he grew, the harder his emotions were to manage. A total loss of control came when his first wife, Josie, divorced him. He sank into a deep depression.
Eventually, Toby finds peace through antidepressants and the weight support group in which he met Kate. Fast forward to the fall hiatus and fans everywhere are hoping the two find a way to make their marriage work.
Toby has a brother, somewhere
A minor detail brought up throughout Toby’s existence in the Pearson world, is that he has a brother. The first mention came at Toby’s bachelor party in the episode titled, “Vegas Baby.” Toby spoke of his mom as a devout Catholic and the conversation shifted to news of his sibling.
Toby revealed he has a brother 10 years younger than him and said they aren’t close. Another mention happens in the season 2 finale when Toby’s parents come to town for Toby and Kate’s wedding.
Fans have yet to see who the brother is, and what piece of Toby’s puzzle this character might fill.
Will Toby’s brother appear this season?
So far, there aren’t any definitive answers about whether Toby’s brother will make himself known this season. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any information about him, which feels oddly on brand for This Is Us.
If Toby has a brother, we’re sure the team will introduce him if, and when, the time is right. And if we never meet him, it means his story wouldn’t contribute to the big picture (but we know the writers better than that).
This Is Us returns in January 2020.