That's because the This Is Us Season 2 finale will end with multiple cliffhangers. The big day is happening at the family cabin, Kate's "favorite place". 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 goal: 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. The time period will be explored throughout season three.
"This Is Us" took a page out of the "Lost" playbook by introducing the flash forward to the show's storytelling toolkit earlier this season. It's become one of the genuinely saddest dramas on television, and maybe the saddest on network TV. You might be moved and even weep your way through a box of Kleenex during any given episode, but the emotions it elicited felt safe and weirdly good. It's so bad that he can't even get out of bed. "It's going to be a well-told season next year", he said. But life is cruel and unfair sometimes. I admire it for acknowledging that. That's not really her choice to make, right?
Another takeaway for fans tonight is that it's the first time we see Milo Ventimiglia act opposite Chrissy Metz as older Jack and older Kate in a scene. We all have to draw boundaries and that's a constant struggle of all mothers, in particular, put their kids first and then they forget about themselves.
As Toby, Sullivan tends to get a lot of the best lines, and he delivered a doozy in the finale, as Kate apologized about her more eccentric plans for the wedding. He doesn't look well, but I did notice that he is in a button-down shirt.
Of course, one Pearson could not attend the wedding. Images then suggested where some of our characters actually would be in roughly 365 days.
Kate also dreams the reception for Jack and Rebecca's vow renewal ceremony, where Rebecca performs their song, "Moonshadow", the same ballad she was singing the first time her husband laid eyes on her all those years ago.
But wait, it gets worse! 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. Tess, looking anxious and upset, replies, "I'm not ready".
Yes, that's the culmination of the past two seasons with Toby and knowing that he is the right man for her and that Jack would be so thrilled and so happy to see them so happy.
The series has also taken what easily could have been a exhausted subplot, involving Randall's foster child Deja (Lyric Ross), and in the last few episodes broadened that into something more resonant than clichéd, while presenting Randall with a parenting challenge that, as is so often true on the show, ties into his past while simultaneously hinting at his future.
Perhaps that twist involves Deja (Lyric Ross), the foster child taken in by Beth and Randall (Sterling K. Brown), who has once again reentered their lives. Or is Annie the one dealing with some sort of dire circumstance? Because we were shooting it at the family cabin, I was like, 'Oh dear, we can't have such a long train because it's dirty out there!' So we did have a bit of a train and they did something really attractive where they bustled the train a bit, and ended up shortening it, but the dress was actually really heavy because it's beaded and handmade and couture, literally hand made. All we know is that it seems like another worst-case scenario will come true. By the time we pick up the action, she's already signed away her parental rights, and Deja is more sullen and angry than ever.