Mandy Moore: This is Us fans won’t be disappointed with next episodes

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WARNING: this post contains spoilers from last week’s episode of This is Us

I don’t think I have to tell you that NBC’s hit drama This is Us has a bit of a reputation of tugging at the heartstrings. According to the show’s star Mandy Moore, who plays the matriarch of the Pearson clan, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Over the past few episodes of season two, we’ve followed Randall and Beth trying to make foster daughter Deja feel like part of the family, Kate and Toby deciding to have a big wedding and a drug-addicted Kevin breaking things off with Sophie. Tear fodder, am I right? Well, there’s more to come. LOTS more. Mandy told E! News’ Kristin Dos Santos that “There’s darkness coming.”

That darkness is part of a trilogy of episodes, starting with tonight’s, dealing with each of the “Big Three.” Mandy warned viewers that these three episodes “go to some deeply darkly places.” She added, “I think that people are going to have a lot of opinions about [them], but I suggest that people be patient and stick with it ‘cause we need to go there in order to—there will be bigger payoffs later, down the road in this season.”

And, while addressing the multitude of fan theories about the show (like this one, which does hold a bit of water, in my humble opinion), Mandy noted, “It is bizarre that a family ensemble drama would have people picking apart the minutiae of episodes… Again, I would just suggest that people be patient. It will all unfold in a spectacular way, and I don’t think people will be disappointed.”

Tonight’s episode deals with Justin Hartley’s Kevin. According to the preview, modern-day Kevin heads back to his high school to be honored. The episode’s going to flashback to his high school football days and learn about the knee injury that is seemingly the source of his pill addiction – along with a genetic link from papa Jack’s problems with booze, perhaps?

As for his future with Sophie, things aren’t really looking up for Kevin. Executive producer Isaac Aptaker spoke with Variety after last week’s episode and gave us the lowdown on Kevin’s complicated situation.

And with Kevin, how much was his speech to Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) just a method of pushing her away before she noticed just how troubled he is?
I think so much of it is about pushing her away. In a way, it mirrors the Kate story, who’s another character who just doesn’t feel worthy. He’s so cognizant of how he hurt her in the past — and how the first time around, he really destroyed her for quite awhile. And I think at this point, he’s pushing her away both to protect her and to protect his growing addiction because he thinks he’s bad news and doesn’t want to hurt her more. He doesn’t want to burden her with more of his drama.

Is this the end for them?
As we saw last year she forgave him for cheating on her and getting divorced, so they’ve come back from bigger obstacles from this. But I think it’s safe to say that for the immediate future, Kevin is not in a place where he should be in a relationship. For everybody’s best interest.

Without her in his life, and with his family so obviously dealing with their own things, is there anyone who can notice what’s going on with him?
You hope it’s Kate, but at the same time, she has the singing and the pregnancy and the marriage. We talked to a lot of people with addiction — particularly pill addiction — and they really are able to hide it from even their closest, closest friends and family members and significant others for such a long time. You saw Kate senses something’s off a little bit, but then she very very quickly accepted his excuses for it and goes back to her thing. He’s doing a very good job of hiding it.

[From Variety]

And if you think tonight’s episode isn’t set to pack an emotional wallop, check out Mandy’s recent Instagram story. In one photo, she’s got tears in her eyes and looks like she’s already had a good cry. She captioned the snap “For those who ask whether or not we cry when we watch This Is Us. Get ready for episode 208. #mindblown”

Uh-oh. Get the tissues at the ready for tonight, This is Us-ers.

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  1. Patricia says:

    I can’t deal with this. I watched the first season and was crying every episode. When the second season started airing I was like “I can’t do it!”
    Sorry. Too much hyper-emotional stuff. I have enough emotion going on in my own life! It’s a funny psychological thing, isn’t it? During the first season I could deal. In between seasons my father was diagnosed with ALS. So when the second season aired I was not even going to go there, with opening the floodgates of tears every week. I have enough heartache.

  2. Lily says:

    I don’t know how anyone can watch this show; it is a constant play on your emotions, tragedy porn. I watched the first episode and was done. The world is too much of a mess to waste tears on it.
    Patricia, I’m so sorry to hear about your father; I wish you both the best.

  3. Electric Tuba says:

    Let me guess? There will be moving, touching moments and crying and maybe bitter sweet laughing? Its like a lifetime movie with acceptable acting but on a crack high. Emo pron for Moms hahaaaa

  4. Malibu Stacy says:

    I find all the crying and emotion to be cathartic. It’s nice to fully immerse yourself in something and crying is a nice release to all the awful things going on in the world.

  5. Ozogirl says:

    I’m bored with Kevin’s storyline already. His ex wife never really grabbed me either. Kate has been getting on my nerves as well. Her storyline has been all over the place this season. Randall and his family are who I watch for! Love them!

    • Al says:

      Randall’s family is the only good part of the show. My husband and I were just saying how we are even losing interest in that story line though. The show just keeps dragging out certain story lines… I was so sick of waiting and waiting and waiting to hear about Jack’s death and I am not even sure if the show told the entire story.

  6. HeidiM says:

    I’ve been peer pressured into watching this show, for a group of women I have coffee with Wednesdays. And I hate it!!! It feels so fake in a “cue the tears” kind of way. Oh well.

    • Pedro45 says:

      I kind of hate it too. There’s some good acting but the writing is trite and every episode is a very special episode which just dilutes everything. It’s honestly not that much better than vintage Grey’s Anatomy. It’s definitely not “prestige TV”, IMO.

  7. Michelle says:

    I watched the first season of this show and thought it was pretty good until the CONSTANT frenzy of stories about how Jack dies (spoiler alert for people haven’t watch it yet. Sorry, not sorry) during the hiatus. It drove me nuts. I saw the first two episodes and decided that I didn’t need this emotional rollercoaster in my life. I have it in my own. I am premenopausal and about to be an empty-nester so my emotions are all over the place.
    Patricia, my best to your father and your family.

  8. Franklymydear... says:

    I like that it doesn’t involve the Marvel or DC universes, doctors or lawyers/police officers solving crimes. These family dramas (Brothers and Sisters, Parenthood, etc.) seem like too much to take at times because they have a lot of angst but then I end up watching them after the fact on Netflix. So, I’ve decided to just embrace this family drama and be grateful I’m not dealing with their issues. :) I’ve got different issues I can forget about for awhile.