'This Is Us': When Will the Show Return for Season 3?

Deep in the heart This Is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley reunited at the Deadline Studio during day four of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin on Monday

Deep in the heart This Is Us stars Milo Ventimiglia Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley reunited at the Deadline Studio during day four of the South by Southwest Festival in Austin on Monday

There was no sophomore jinx for "This Is Us", which capped a second season punctuated by its post-Super Bowl episode with a strong, emotional finale that simultaneously managed to look back while cleverly planting the seeds for what lies ahead. Meanwhile, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is in wedding planner mode. Earlier in the episode, there was a beat when we thought he could potentially hook up with Kate's maid of honor Madison (Caitlin Thompson). Why are you going to Vietnam, Kevin? And while not all of the monologues hit their mark - Deja's speech last week about how we're all fundamentally the same because we all sleep wasn't almost as profound as intended - there were many times throughout this season where my questions about why I continued to watch the show were answered by a lovely bit of oratory delivered by Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, or one of their co-stars. They're no Jack mystery, but we'll take it. Earlier in the episode Toby's parents pleaded with him not to marry Kate since she was a hot mess; that his first wife drove him to a dark depression when she left. "I'm not ready", Tess replies, shaking her head. Is the Old Man Jack seen in the previews a dream as we're led to believe, or is it Rebecca reuniting with her beloved departed husband in the after life? God only knows what's in store for the newlyweds.

Yes, that's the culmination of the past two seasons with Toby and knowing that he is the right man for her and that Jack would be so thrilled and so happy to see them so happy.

Admittedly, the show's reputation for tugging at the heartstrings is well earned, and there was more than a little manipulation in juxtaposing preparation for the wedding of Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) with gauzy images of what might have been had Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) lived. What makes it more confusing is that the scene is juxtaposed with real-time footage of Deja (Lyric Ross), still emotionally raw about her mom leaving her and taking it out on Randall and Beth, beating the crap out of Randall's vehicle with a baseball bat outside of the reception. They fear the worst. Cousin Zoe tries to ease Deja's anger; like her, she was a teen angry at the world, no thanks to a mother who dumped her at her aunt's house when she was a child. That includes Deja, who seemingly moved in with Randall and Beth at the end of last week's episode. (Apparently Toby was right when he told his parents, played in the finale by guest stars Wendie Malick and Dan Lauria, that he's the unstable one, not Kate.) And finally, the series catapulted us to ten years from now, a time we've visited before, where older Randall speaks to adult Tess and says, "It's time to go see her". "Me neither", Randall concedes, before Tess gets up from her chair. Could it be that Beth will someday perish of the same cancer that took her father?

Overall, tonight was a moment of catharsis for Kate.

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I tried to save as much as I could on the turn in and go for him as late as possible and he found when it was needed. Mullins continued: "Yorkhill is just not performing, it's a real head scratcher, sometimes horses take a year out".

"I think Milo is very fatherly".

In the finale, Beth and Randall play a game of "worst case scenario" and there's one conversation they share that may be a serious case of foreshadowing.

Older Kate tells the urn, "You remember when the carnival would come to town every summer with those old roller coasters?" I loved riding those with you, feeling so scared, but so safe both at the same time. It's definitely a release of the guilt and the shame and the pain that she's held on to for so long and [finally feeling] that somebody could actually fill a bit of Jack's shoes. That feeling of you next to me. But, Dad, I'm getting married today.

"It was layered with young Kate and current Kate and their relationship or what the relationship could have been", Metz says, "down to what he would look like at this age and all of those things that everyone who has lost a loved one thinks about - the memories that could have been and things that could have been shared". Thanks to fantasy sequences, such rare interactions can occur.

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