The Season 2 finale of This Is Us ended with a lot of unanswered questions. But one of the biggest mysteries involves the cryptic flash forward between Tess (Iantha Richardson) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and his mention of seeing “her.” We still don’t know what the scene was about or who it involves, but Brown recently hinted that the flash forward could mark the end of the series.
The sophomore season finale featured quite a few flash forwards and the one in question was placed two decades into the future. The scene featured Randall and adult Tess meeting for lunch.
Things seemed pretty normal until Randall mysteriously told Tess that they needed to go see “her,” to which Tess replied that she isn’t ready. The loaded scene has sparked a lot of fan theories about the identity of the woman, but Brown recently teased fans that they’ll be surprised when they finally learn the truth.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Brown revealed that he knows the identity of the woman in the flash forward scene with Tess. Although he couldn’t reveal who it is — out of fear that series creator Dan Fogelman would physically harm him if he did — Brown assured fans that the woman is not who they suspect.
Most theories contend that the mystery woman is Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), but is sounds like we can rule her out and it might even be someone that hasn’t been introduced.
Apart from the identity of the woman, we also don’t know what happened to her. Something significant is obviously going down, but Brown wouldn’t dish on the circumstances surrounding the scene. Instead, he explained how Fogelman likes to compare This Is Us with the series Lost, in which flashbacks and flash forwards provide larger context for present day issues.
He then dropped a huge bombshell that connects the flash forward with Tess and Randall to the end of the story.
“When you see that flash-forward to the future, it will ultimately help to illuminate what the end of our story will be,” Brown explained, adding that it is a “pretty big” scene.
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This Is Us star Chrissy Metz echoed Brown’s statement and assured fans that the flash forward is not a good thing. Sadly, it sounds like we’re in for yet another heartbreaking moment on the show.
We can only hope that this isn’t the end of This Is Us, though it sounds like it’s headed towards some kind of conclusion.