This Is Us creator on Kevin and Madison’s future — and that new clue about Randall’s mom
Meanwhile, newly engaged one-night-stand couple Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Madison (Caitlin Thompson) tried to adjust to a new normal that wasn’t normal at all; they also took a vulnerable leap in learning about each other(‘s issues) as they sought to make up for so many skipped steps before the arrival of twins. Kevin’s sister and brother-in-law also awaited the arrival of a child. Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) met a prospective birth mother in the park, trying to tamp down their mixture of nerves (see: Toby) and excitement (see: Kate). And way back in the past, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) and Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) found themselves with three kids careening into that mysterious vortex of change known as puberty.
Speaking of mystery — and when you talk about This Is Us, you often are — the third episode of season 5 was garnished with scenes involving a Vietnamese grandfather (Vien Hong) and his over-inquisitive granddaughter (Brandilyn Cheah), who needled him with questions. Questions that brought into focus the woman in all those photos around the house. That woman? Randall’s birth mother, Laurel (Jennifer C. Holmes), who, as it was revealed in last week’s premiere, did not die from an overdose on the day that Randall was born. Is she still alive? Maybe. Maybe not. But clearly, worlds will soon collide, and one would imagine that Randall’s life is about to… what’s the word?… change.
DAN FOGELMAN: Yeah, it’s a good question. I think our characters will figure out if they’re compatible matches at the same pace as the audience figures it out, which is one of the things that’s really exciting about this relationship. You really get to watch a relationship form in full as it grows. Will their personal issues affect the relationship? Of course. I think that’s part of what any relationship is. The stuff you bring with you — the good, the bad, the ugly, the complicated — is all the stuff that has to fit with the other person’s good, bad, ugly, and complicated. That’s something that they’re still figuring out. For these two characters, this episode is the first time in this hyperspeed, out-of-time relationship that they’ve been able to sit and really just connect. A relationship is often about sharing the parts of yourself you don’t comfortably share with others, and this is the first time you’re really seeing Kevin and Madison do that.
Justin has done such a great job of presenting this very flawed character who you can’t help but love and root for, who continues to step in his own s— time and time again. Hopefully the first four seasons of the show have put Kevin in a position where he’s ready for this moment, where he’s ready to become a father, where he’s ready to live up to his promise. It would not be out of character for Kevin to take two steps forward, one step back. But the thing you’re always watching and hoping for is for him to not take that step back and to just keep progressing. And if ever Kevin is ready for that, it’s now. Read from source….