The This Is Us Creator Shares a Regret About the Show’s Timeline

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It’s us is the epic saga of the Pearson family, following Jack and Rebecca Pearson, along with their three children – Kevin, Kate and Randall – on their life journeys. What set It’s us apart when it was created in 2016 was its time jump element. Since creator Dan Fogelman revealed this twist in the shocking first series, It’s us bounced back and forth, spanning nearly 100 years in non-linear form over five seasons. It’s an exciting and unique way to tell the story, and fans latched onto the narrative, but Fogelman recently revealed a regret he had about the timeline.

The hit NBC drama is in its sixth and last seasonwith It’s us work to give explanations on all the twists that have been developed over the previous five seasons. Everything seems to be happening until 2034, where the Pearsons gather at Kevin’s cabin to say goodbye to a dying rebecca. As we get closer to the end, fans are practically begging for a spinoff, and although Dan Fogelman said it was shouldn’t be happening anytime soonhe spoke to EO about a version of the show he thought of, which was born out of a regret he carried It’s us‘ Hourly.

One of my first regrets on the show was, “Oh, if I had pushed the past even further back with Jack and Rebecca, then hypothetically the kids and grandkids could live more in the present, because the future is more difficult to execute than the past.’ So I always thought the offspring you met – babies and toddlers – would have been an interesting spin-off version, but they also live in 2055. I don’t know if Earth is going to be a desert and I don’t know how to do that. I always thought it would be a weird and fun spin-off from the show.

By placing the Big Three in their forties in the 2022 timeline, Dan Fogelman jumps five years into the future to see Kate remarries Phillip, and we jump over 10 years into the future to see the family gather around Rebecca’s deathbed. At this point in the timeline – around 2034 – Randall’s Daughters are young adults, but Kevin and Kate’s children are still quite young. Going further into their lives would require Fogelman to make assumptions about the state of the world in the coming decades, which is harder to do than recreating decades that have already passed.

Hopefully he didn’t dwell on this alleged regret too much, because the events the Pearsons experienced do more than provide context for the timeline; they shaped the characters. the Season 6 premiere explored how Kevin was affected by the Challenger explosion in 1986, and Nicky’s narrative surrounding the 1969 moon landing – not to mention the Vietnam War – is vital not just for storylines, but who the characters are for. It was worth not messing with, even if it meant less telling the stories of the next generation.

We got a little glimpse into the future, with Kate and Toby’s adult son, Jack Damon, an apparent rock star with a wife and child. This timeline is estimated to be in the mid-2040s. Jack and Lucy in Season 6 will give fans a different perspective on the events leading up to Kate and Toby’s divorcebut they are a great example of how the Pearson grandchildren provide a It’s us spin off opportunity somewhere down the line.

Until then, we’ll be right here, sobbing through the final episodes, proving that Dan Fogelman doesn’t need to regret anything except for break our hearts. It’s us returns at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 22 on NBC. Discover our TV program 2022 to see what shows are airing soon.

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