After years of rumors, showrunners of This Is Us finally went on record – and answered some burning questions regarding the ending of the show. Since the show features multiple timelines, fans need some answers. How will they end the show? Have they planned the ending? Thankfully, we finally have some concrete details. Here’s everything you need to know about how and when This Is Us will end…
“Planning For Three More Seasons”
This Is Us is NBC’s best-performing show and might be the most popular tv show in America. The show follows a family over three generations, jumping back and forth between time periods. Each episode usually reveals some new secret and ends on an emotional cliffhanger. Given its format, fans often wondered: is there a definite ending to the show?
Well, fans are finally in luck. This past week, Deadline published an interview with the showrunners of the hit NBC drama. The showrunners, Isaac Aptaker and Dan Fogelman, were quoted saying This Is Us might end after the sixth season. Aptaker told Deadline that they’re planning another three seasons into the future. Currently, the show’s running it’s third and very successful season.
“This Is Where We End Up”
Some TV shows can continue for many seasons, as long as there’s a demand for them. Soap operas, or long-running sitcoms such as Friends or The Big Bang Theory, can continue because fans tune in week after week for the same stories. However, in other cases, creators or showrunners have a definite ending in mind, planned from the very first episode (for example, Breaking Bad).
In the interview, Fogelman stated they have an ending for This Is Us in mind. “From day one, Dan came in with his master plan for the big picture stuff of the show and said, ‘I think this is where we end up. I think this is what I know. Let’s figure out the rest together.'”
The obvious question is – are the rest of the crew and cast in on it? The answer’s yes. Apataker explained, “…All of the writers and the actors really know everything. We’re all pretty good at keeping secrets by now, it’s been three years, but it’s a total open book for everyone who works on the show, so there are no secrets from each other.”
A Complete Piece Of Work
This Is Us is one of the most loved TV dramas of all times. Audiences and fans are engaged and can’t wait for each new episode. One of the things every showrunner fears is the audience’s response to a show’s finale. Remember the endings of The Sopranos or Lost? Or worse, Dexter? Fans hated these shows’ conclusions. Dexter writers were called out, saying they “dragged” the show on for a couple of seasons more than needed, just for ratings. On the other hand, people loved the ending of Breaking Bad, which left them wanting more. That is what the showrunners of This Is Us wish to achieve with the series’ finale.
Apataker said, “I would hope that when we reach our ending, people think it’s a really satisfying end place that makes sense.”
Most importantly, Apataker and Fogelman don’t want audiences to feel like the series is going to be endlessly continued. “…It should feel like they’ve watched something that is a complete piece of work – because that’s really how we’re trying to plan it.”