This is Us ending explained

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Creator Dan Fogelman tells what he wanted to tell, right down to the last shot: “I always had in mind that the last episode of the series would be a sort of epilogue.”

Goodbye Pearson family. See you next time !

This is Us just ended. Season 6 episode 17 was also the last episode of the series. And this grand finale – broadcast last night on the NBC channel in the USA and already available in France on MyCanal – offered great moments for Randall (Sterling K. Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Justin Hartley). Spoiler alert!

No big major twist or terrible shock. Just their respective families adjusting to their new life after the death of their mother, Rebecca (Mandy Moore), in episode 16. She went to find Jack (Milo Ventimiglia). And they must continue, keeping in mind and in their hearts the memories of their happy childhood, which are shown in this “final series” by numerous flashback scenes, most of which were shot three or four years ago, when little Randall (Lonnie Chavis), Kate (Mackenzie Hancsicsak) and Kevin (Parker Bates) were still kids!

In short, scenes from the ordinary life of the Pearsons as a farewell: “I always wanted this as an ending. I always had in mind that the last episode of the series would be a kind of epilogue. The continuing story of the family, rather than a particular moment. I wanted that we can intensely experience a truly normal day in the life of this family, long before something drastic happens to them. It seemed important to me to end the show on how the human condition and the human spirit endures and moves forward , rather than just a terrible moment, the death of a character, which would have left everyone crying hysterically”, explains creator Dan Fogelman to variety.

In the process, he reveals that if Randall is at the center of this finale, it is “for the sole reason that his character is going to have a grandchild. This episode is so much about legacy and the future. So I thought of him a lot in this last episode as the representative of the big three – until that we get to the end and they all have this gigantic scene together. He, at that point, becomes a grandfather for the first time. And our show is not just about the death of a parent , but how we move on and how we move on with our lives taking pieces of our loved ones with us.”

Thus, the very last shot shows little Randall, who looks deeply at his father, Jack, observing his children with love. Like an echo of what he has in his heart, decades later:

“I knew I wanted to end with this feeling of a child who looks up to his parents, and who is going to keep something inside him that will stay with him for the rest of his life. In the end, when Randall finds out he has a grandson, it sends him back to the little Randall he was, with his father and his family…”

And Dan Fogelman concludes: “The final message of This Is Us, the message at the end and the message of the whole series at the bottom, is a very simple promise: the people you lose will live forever in those who remain… We will all, in our lives, inevitably live a great mourning and great sorrow. But you have to know that they will live with us, always.”

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