What Fans Should Know About 'This Is Us' Season 6 on NBC

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Well folks, here we are. The last season of This Is Us. It feels like just yesterday we were seeing the very beginning of Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia)'s love story unfold. But now, we are only 18 episodes away from the NBC drama series being over for good — and, of course, we're super emotional about it.

As This Is Us fans saw on Tuesday night, the season 5 finale was packed with surprises. We learn that in the not-so-distant future, Kevin (Justin Hartley) is involved in a construction company called "Big Three Construction," Randall (Sterling K. Brown) is featured in a magazine as a "rising star," and Kate (Chrissy Metz) is getting married to another man. Now that season 5 has ended, we all must wait for the cast and crew to film season 6 and address all of these mysteries.

While we practice our patience, read on for all the key details gathered so far about the final season of This Is Us:

When will season 6 of This Is Us premiere?

Ready for some bittersweet news? After season 5 endured several interruptions due to production delays amid the coronavirus pandemic, NBC confirmed to TVLine that the network aims to air all season 6 episodes without breaks. But to do this, the network made the tough decision to push back the show's normal premiere schedule. As a result, This Is Us season 6 will air "mid-season," which means fans should not expect to see new episodes this September. A more likely start time will be early 2022.

The extra-long wait time is definitely a bummer, but as Susan Rovner, NBC Universal Television’s Chairman of Entertainment, told TVLine, this will ensure viewers won't have to put up with multiple starts and stops.

Who will be in the This Is Us season 6 cast?

Photo credit: Terence Patrick
Photo credit: Terence Patrick

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, (though this is not totally confirmed).

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!

Finally, 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.

How will This Is Us end?

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

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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