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Here we are, folks: we have finally reached the final season of This Is Us.
It's hard to believe that we're so close to the end of the smash-hit NBC drama starring Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley. In just 18 episodes, we'll all learn what's really going on in that famous flash-forward scene and what the future holds for the Big Three. In the season 5 finale, we got a better idea of what's in store next when we saw Kevin involved in a construction company called "Big Three Construction," Randall being featured in a magazine as a "rising star," and Kate getting married to another man.
While we practice our patience, read on for all the key details gathered so far about This Is Us season 6:
When will season 6 of This Is Us premiere?
This Is Us season 6 will begin airing on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET.
After season 5 faced several interruptions due to production delays amid the coronavirus pandemic this year and last, NBC confirmed to TVLine that the network made the decision to postpone season 6's premiere to limit the amount of starts and stops. Though fans will likely face less interruptions, This Is Us will have to take a short hiatus in February when NBC broadcasts the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Who will be in the This Is Us season 6 cast?
Given that this will be the show's last season, we can expect to see all of the main cast members — and probably a handful of the supporting actors and guest stars — come back into the Pearsons' world in some capacity. Some guaranteed cast members include:
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack
Mandy Moore as Rebecca
Sterling K. Brown as Randall
Chrissy Metz as Kate
Justin Hartley as Kevin
Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth
Chris Sullivan as Toby
Caitlin Thompson as Madison
Jon Huertas as Miguel
Griffin Dunne as Nick
Eris Baker as Tess
Faith Herman as Annie
Lyric Ross as Deja
Mackenzie Hancsicsak as young Kate
Lonnie Chavis as young Randall
Parker Bates as young Kevin
Hannah Zeile as teen Kate
Logan Shroyer as teen Kevin
Niles Fitch as teen Randall
Rachel Hilson as teen Beth
Based on what happened in the season 5 finale, Kate's boss Phillip (Chris Geere) will definitely be back — and in a big way. Plus, it's likely William (Ron Cephas Jones) will re-emerge in some way as well.
Is there a This Is Us season 6 trailer out?
Yep, you can watch it below. Fair warning, there's a very good chance you'll be in tears when it's over.
Are there any This Is Us season 6 spoilers?
According to what show creator Dan Fogelman told Deadline, fans can expect to finally get the full story of how Rebecca and Miguel got together, fell in love and "found their way back to each other" during season 6.
He also addressed questions about whether Kate and Miguel are dead in the future since they have yet to make an appearance in the famous flash-forward scene at Kevin's house. "I think that we have more surprises and turns in store," he cryptically responded. "I don’t know that any of those will come to that level of catastrophe."
With Entertainment Weekly, Dan fielded questions about Phillip and hinted that his storyline will be a "big journey" in season 6, which makes sense given the way the character was suddenly thrown into the season 5 finale and introduced as Kate's fiancé in the future.
"It felt really good to us for [Kate's love after Toby] to be somebody who's been involved in her career and the cause that she's really believing in," he explained.
As for where Kevin and Madison end up, Dan didn't say whether they wind up together. That said, he did admit that "it doesn't feel like" Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Kevin's story is yet "resolved." On top of that, Alexandra told US Weekly that she has already filmed a scene for This Is Us donning old-age makeup.
"I did do a scene where they did old makeup, but I don’t think it made it to the show," the Virgin River star admitted. "Every time they’ve asked me to come back in the past, I’m like, I hope that I’m in the house at the end of the show and you see me in, like, old makeup and everybody’s like, ‘What? Oh, my gosh!’ And like, you’re not sure if she’s just there because their mom is in hospice or if they’re together. I really hope that happens."
Suspicious, indeed. This likely means Sophie and Kevin do have some sort of relationship in the future. But we shall see!
Dan also revealed to EW that love is definitely finding its way to Nicky in season 6. Whether it's with his long-lost love Sally or someone else is TBD — but rest assured, things are looking up for him.
When it comes to Kate and Toby, Chrissy basically confirmed that we're going to see how the two split up in the end. "Neither one is right and neither one of them is wrong," she said to EW. "It's just people grow apart. So there is this mutual love and respect — and, of course, for their children and the life they created together, but also the one that they want to share, even if they're not together."
She added: "It's hard to accept our own faults or our own issues, but what is so cool about Kate and Toby is that neither one can really blame [the] other. We're going to get to see that unfold."
How will This Is Us end?
Since the season 3 finale, we've seen glimpses of a flash-forward scene with an ailing Rebecca lying in a bed at Kevin's house. Back in April of 2019, Sterling confirmed to EW that this particular scene is what the rest of the seasons would be building toward, which means we'll likely see the very end of the show conclude in the future.
"I would hope that when we reach our ending, people think it's a really satisfying end place that makes sense, and it feels like they've watched something that is a complete piece of work because that's really how we're trying to plan it," show runner Isaac Aptaker told Deadline in 2019. "We've had this end in mind for a long time, so we're able to plan for it and try to make it feel like it's a whole, as opposed to a series that's going to go endlessly."
How can I watch and stream This Is Us season 6?
This Is Us episodes air on NBC Tuesday nights at 9 p.m. ET.
Those who have the NBC app can stream the show on their favorite device (click here to see all of the compatible devices and how to download). What's more, the latest episode is available the following morning on NBC.com if you can't tune in on Tuesday (no cable provider login is needed).
For those who have streaming services, the NBC show is available on Peacock, Hulu, Sling TV, YouTube TV and fuboTV. You can also purchase episodes for $1.99 on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Apple TV, iTunes and Amazon Prime Video.
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