With Labor Day behind us and fall on the horizon, it’s only fitting that we start to get in our feelings with the season’s most emotional and tear-inducing show: This Is Us. Though it feels like ages since we last saw the Pearson family and all their drama, it won’t be long before there are new episodes to cry over—and then pick apart for future clues. Ahead, everything we know so far about the new season, including when it’s premiering and what the Big Three will be up to this time around.
When will season 4 premiere?
The fourth season of This Is Us will premiere on September 24 at 9 P.M. EST on NBC. If you prefer to watch the show online, you can do so through NBC.com or on Hulu. And an important FYI: This won’t be the last season of the show. This Is Us has officially been renewed through season 6, so there’s much more of the Pearsons to come after this season is over.
Will there be new characters?
Would it really be This Is Us if there weren’t? This season, you can look forward to one of those new people being Once Upon a Time‘s Jennifer Morrison. (While it’s unclear in what role she’ll be on the show, it’s been reported that it will be “substantial.”)
The season’s trailer, shown above, also gives a sneak peek into the new characters that will be coming into the fold, including When They See Us’s Asante Blackk and Marsha Stephanie Blake, as well as Omar Epps, Bahara Golestani, Timothy Omundson, M. Night Shyamalan, Auden Thornton, and Nick Wechsler, according to Variety.
Plus, a tweet from the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, hints that we’ll be getting a look at the Big Three at an even younger age than we’ve seen so far, meaning three new adorable actors joining the cast:
Fogelman told the Hollywood Reporter, “Next season is a very past-heavy season. We’re going to play in time in a surprising way as we move forward into next seasons of the show.” He also told Entertainment Weekly that season 4 would feature “restarts” for the cast and told Deadline that the This Is Us world will “expand in an interesting way.”
“I think it’s going to be very ambitious and sprawling in terms of how it plays with time,” he said. “Many of our characters are in the middle of their stories, and that’s a point where characters are opening up to new things and new things are starting. That becomes a very exciting period for almost all of the characters, and for some of them, maybe a very scary period in terms of how fraught their storylines are.”
What’s going to happen with Kate and Toby?
While the new storylines are still secret, we do know a few things. For one, it seems season 4’s “present day” will take place five months after the end of season 3, as Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate, told TVLine that her baby will be five months old at the start of the new season.
Metz then gave Good Housekeeping some clues about the future of Kate and Toby (played by Chris Sullivan). She said: “We’ve seen a lot at the surface with stuff, and things start to get a little more serious and they realize that it’s not all fun and games. We can’t protect ourselves with humor and sarcasm. We have to really get to the bones of what’s going on with them as individuals and then, of course, as a couple.”
Will we learn more about Jack and Rebecca’s past?
Yes! Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca, told Good Housekeeping that we’ll finally get to see what happened with Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca after they come back from their slightly awkward California road trip and how Rebecca later deals with Jack’s death.
Moore also told Entertainment Weekly that we’ll see Jack meeting Rebecca’s parents. She said, “There are going to be some family dynamics that enter the equation from my side, having to contend with my parents and their thoughts on him.” Fogelman has said this includes Rebecca’s father, who will become a “prominent part of the storyline” in season 4.
What about Randall and Beth?
Sterling K. Brown, who plays Randall, gave Entertainment Weekly some insight into the new struggles Randall might face as he moves to Philadelphia with Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and his family. “The move to Philadelphia is inspiring, in that it gives Randall access and opportunity to be of direct service to the African-American community in a way that he hasn’t had to [up to] this point in his life,” he said. “The nerves of it are, it’s such a central part of his identity—Am I enough?—that he’s going to be very critical of himself and the impact that he wants to have. Whether he falls shorts of what he wants to accomplish could send him in a couple of different directions.” He told the outlet there will be something “disruptive” for the show from the very beginning of the season.
It’s also been revealed that we’ll see even more of Randall and Beth’s origin story, which is perfect because my heart needs more of sweet, sweet college-age Randall.
Season 4 will not only focus on Randall and Beth, but their children, as the show explores how the move affects Tess, played by Eris Baker. Executive producer and showrunner Elizabeth Berger told Glamour.com, “I think it’s going to uproot everyone’s life, but to be Tess’s age and already be in the middle of coming to terms with your sexuality and then to throw in a move is only going to make things feel more complicated and more overwhelming.”
According to Glamour.com, season 4 will find Kevin (Justin Hartley) dealing with his sobriety again. Hartley said, “I think he’s sort of learned from the past, that sobriety is difficult and it’s hard to do, and almost impossible to do on your own, so I think he’s in a better place to successfully embark on this journey of a lifetime of sobriety than he was before. I think he thought before, ‘Oh, I’ll figure it out and I just won’t drink, it’s no big deal.’ Now he realizes it’s much different than that, so we’ll see him struggle with that, but also take active measures to kind of make sure that’s what happens in his life to be a healthy person.”
While Hartley hasn’t given that many clues into the future of Kevin (or his son!), he did tell Entertainment Weekly that “in his quest to find out all these questions about his dad and hoping that that would fill in the blanks for him and help him become a better man, he’s realizing that he’s a lot like his dad, but he’s also so much like himself.”