The hit drama series is returning for its sixth and final season. Here is everything you need to know before saying goodbye to the Pearson family for good.
With fans still zoned into the comings and goings of the Pearson family in "This Is Us"'s fifth season, it is difficult to comprehend that the sixth and final season is already on its way.
Although there is an overwhelming feeling of relief about the sixth season, it is quickly overshadowed by the fact that it will be the end of the hit drama series. Here is what you need to know about the highly anticipated sixth season.
SHOULD HAVE SEEN IT COMING
The news that "This Is Us" has reached the end of its road in season six is heartbreaking but not actually news. Dan Fogelman, the showrunner, shared that the sixth season-ending was planned.
With the story told in its entirety by the end of season six, there wasn't any use in dragging the narrative out any longer than was necessary. Fogelman shared:
“We never set out to make a television series that was going to last 18 seasons, so we have a very direct plan."
The Pearson family made its debut on televisions in 2016 and has taken viewers on the ups and downs of Kate, Kevin, and Randall and their mother and father, Jack and Rebecca.
Metz's hints towards a spin-off of "This Is Us" aren't as far-fetched as it may seem.
With season five premiering in October 2020, it is difficult to say exactly when the final season will be premiered, but the experts guess that the sixth season will air between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022.
With fans desperate to see more of the Pearson family, the cast isn't shutting the possibility of a continuation down. Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, shared that the cast is just as sad as fans because the end is in sight.
The actress also shared that there may be a reason for hope with the chance that "This Is Us" will take on a different form, still telling the Pearsons' story. Metz revealed:
“Who knows? There might be a spin-off. Who knows? Dan might say, ‘Oh, maybe let’s go season 7.’ Who knows?"
INITIALLY A MOVIE
Metz's hints towards a spin-off of "This Is Us" aren't as far-fetched as it may seem because the series was initially created as a movie, but Fogelman realized that the story was better suited to be a show.
The form of the story isn't the only thing that changed as it was developed. The name also underwent a metamorphosis as it was originally titled "36", the age that the three children turned at the beginning of the story.
The cast is as invested in the show as the fans are with Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack Pearson, donating his car, a Chevelle, to the show to ensure that his character has an appropriate vehicle.
The younger versions of the three children also play an integral part in developing the story, and the actors have grown up alongside their characters on the show over the last five seasons.