Things are changing for the Pearsons on This Is Us. Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) are in crisis mode, Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) are parents, Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Zoe (Melanie Liburd) are serious and, as sad as it is to say, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) are a thing of the past.
Of course, that’s how it’s been since the beginning of season three of the hit NBC show, but thanks to a new spoiler from series creator Dan Fogelman, it doesn’t look like that’s changing in season four. In fact, as the show evolves—steel yourself—Jack will be even less of a central character.
In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fogelman prepared us for the inevitable, saying, “I think a lot of the mystery of Jack has been kind of told by the end of this season [season three], but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s any less interesting to go and live with those younger families.” We have to agree.
But as the Big Three begin to zone in on their own nuclear families, their first family (the one helmed by Jack and Rebecca) will fade.
“We are starting to move towards new chapters in season four with the Big Three…some of the more mysterious or dramatic pulls of the series might start falling into the hands of some of our other characters,” Fogelman said, cryptically.
In fact, Fogelman says the team plans to expand the cast in forthcoming seasons. But never fear, he did assure fans that Jack and Rebecca will continue to be the emotional core of the show.
We already have separation anxiety.