Sterling K. Brown Talks “This Is Us” Fall Finale

Sterling K. Brown as Randall in "This is Us"

This Is Us’ fall finale was ominous — the episode saw disoriented Rebecca (Mandy Moore) picked up by the police. When she’s finally returned to the Pearson’s cabin, we see Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Kate (Chrissy Metz) preparing to celebrate their 40th birthday sans Randall. But when Rebecca asked Kevin where he was, Kevin reminded her, “We’re not speaking, remember?” Oh yeah and there’s also Kevin’s pregnant fiancée.

We have questions, and thankfully Sterling K. Brown talked to Entertainment Weekly about the finale that wrapped up the first half of season 4 of This Is Us.

“[Randall] loves his mom like nobody’s business,” Brown told the outlet. “And the idea of him not being at her aid as she enters into one of the more trying periods of her life is anathema. He will make himself available until he uses himself up. And that may be something that we see until he uses him up. That’s what Randall does. He does too much until he can’t do anything else.”

And what about Kevin?

“I think it took him to age 39 to be clear on what it was that he wanted for his life. He has all the trappings of fame and fortune, and he’s still feeling empty. And this time in Pennsylvania with his uncle and with Cassidy gave him a sense of family, a sense of responsibility to other people outside of themselves. And it felt good. So now I think it’s not so much of an impulsion, it’s a recognition of ‘That thing that I wasn’t clear on, I finally have clarity.’ So I lean towards it being a positive.”

But despite all the difficulties looming for the Pearsons, according to Brown, “Even when you fracture — and you may fracture for a period of time — you ultimately, at the end of the day, come back together.”