While viewers were learning just how Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) died during This Is Us' big post-Super Bowl episode, the show slipped in something major: another timeline. No, it's not an alternate reality, This Is Us actually showed a grown up Tess (Iantha Richardson) and an old Randall (Sterling K. Brown).
"One of our big new turns started at the end of last night's episode. We show a new timeline, in the future, which is extremely exciting for a show that plays in time and has till-now played in the past/present," creator Dan Fogelman told Deadline. "But there is other stuff coming, too…there is a plan for the show, there always has been, we aren't just shooting from the hip."
The future scene featured an adult Tess as a social worker, placing a young boy with foster parents when Randall showed up at her office to a lunch tradition he promised young Tess (Eris Baker) during the present timeline.
Fogelman said the future glimpse was not just a glimpse for the sake of a twist.
"We didn't do it as a one-off. After Tuesday we only have three episodes left this season, and we still have a lot to resolve here first, but it's safe to say the future can play a big part in seasons to come," Fogelman said.
This Is Us has already been renewed for a third season on NBC. The Tuesday, Feb. 6 episode of the Emmy-winning drama is titled "The Car" and will explore "the history of the Pearsons as told through the life of the family car," according to NBC, and feature Jack's funeral.
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This Is Us airs Tuesdays, 9 p.m. on NBC.
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