If you wanted to give Kevin (Justin Hartley) a hug after last night’s episode of This Is Us, you’re not alone. But what does the character’s relapse mean for his newfound relationship with Zoe (Melanie Liburd)?
While the answer is unclear, showrunners Dan Fogelman, Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger recently chatted about the twist during a press event for the Television Critics Association. “You’re never done grappling with addiction when it’s real addiction,” Fogelman said, referring to Kevin taking a swig of alcohol during last night’s episode, titled “Songbird Road: Part Two.”
Although Fogelman teased that “there’s a big focus on Kevin and Zoe in the rest of the season,” Berger warned fans that Kevin’s journey to finding “the one” won’t be simple.
“With all of our characters, it’s always a journey,” Berger explained. “We’re going to see, of course, some ups and downs along the way. But we’re thinking in terms of the big picture in the long run.”