Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

'This is Us' emotional finale looks back, and ahead

'This is Us' emotional finale looks back, and ahead

The season two finale of the hit series This Is Us just aired and we've gotta talk about those flash forwards that happened at the end of the episode.

But while Deja has regressed, this week featured plenty of growth for the rest of the Pearson family, and the main four specifically. But in classic "This Is Us" fashion, that happiness won't come entirely without some new twists.

It's wedding day for Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan).

"[Creator Dan] Fogelman's intention was always to jump into the future and that was something we all knew going in".

There were areas where season two was able to continue what was so strong in season one, and in some cases improve upon it. Episodes were a lot more structurally fluid this year, bouncing from timeline to timeline - never more potently than in last week's thoroughly unstuck-in-time Deja spotlight - rather than sticking with season one's fairly rigid format of a Jack and Rebecca '80s or '90s story thematically paralleling what the Big Three were going through as adults. They were family to him long before they literally became family. Here's hoping a rejuvenated Pearson family can cut the guy some slack in Season 3. Cousin Zoe tries to ease Deja's anger; like her, she was a teen angry at the world, no thanks to a mother who dumped her at her aunt's house when she was a child. Another flash-forward found Future Randall telling Future Tess that it was time to go see "her", and Tess replying that she didn't feel ready. Is it too early to say if something bad has happened to Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) we boycott this show? "Yeah. You're going to see how Deja responds to all of this and what we're in for here". It's confirmed though when Kate confesses to Rebecca on her wedding day that she's been "having dreams" of what "it was supposed to be" for them. The first steps were made tonight, but there is much work yet to be done to help Deja process her emotions. They're an unlikely pair, but have more in common than anybody would think, which is, of course, the layers of the friendship. When she laid it out for her mother that she is trying to emulate her as a singer, and aspires to be like her as a mother and wife, we finally saw the divide in their relationship. Do you feel that season two showed more of Kate's inner-life? Toby knows their wedding day isn't going to be a flawless day since Jack isn't around, but he pleads with her not to Runaway Bride him.

The moment we've waited for since Toby proposed to Kate is here. Miguel is sweet and reminds her that at least she's not him. Earlier in the night, Toby's parents warned him about marrying Kate because they knew how depressed he had gotten after his divorce, and they were anxious about him falling into that again. We all have been holding onto and mourning Jack Pearson since we discovered he was going to die, and even seeing it just tore us apart. Way to go, Toby! She then proceeds to get rid of the rest of his ashes before returning to her vehicle, where Kevin and Randall are waiting for her.

The second scene shows Kate and Toby, who's lying under the covers of his bed in the dark, apparently in a fit of depression, just as his parents warned.She's there, of course, explaining that she spoke with his doctor about adjusting his meds. That's partly because Kevin spent most of the non-exhaling portion of it talking about his recovery from addiction, but also because the moment seemed created to serve a larger objective: to signal to the This Is Us audience that this period of the series, which has been so focused on continuing to grapple with the impact of Jack Pearson's death, is about to embark on a new chapter. Jack isn't going anywhere, so it's time to stop mourning his death and celebrate all those moments to come that he'll still be a part of.

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