This Is Us Season 4 concluded with one of the most emotionally draining episodes in the show's history. After a full season of slowly coming to loggerheads, Randall and Kevin finally had the fight of their lives. All the stops were pulled out. Randall sneered his brother would never live up to their father's ideals, while Kevin said the worst day of his life was when Jack and Rebecca adopted Randall. How do these brothers come back from such a low point? In a new interview, Sterling K. Brown hinted at Randall's future and a reckoning.
The end of May is the cut off for Emmy nominations for the 2019-2020 TV year. That means, in the next few weeks, fans will see actors coming forward in high-profile interviews as part of the "For Your Consideration" campaigns directed at Emmy voters. Brown has been nominated every year for his role as Randall Pearson. He won in the show's first season for the "Memphis" episode, where his character travels to discover his biological family's roots and his father's history.
Brown is once again in the running for an Emmy nomination for This Is Us Season 4, and spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the series, and what viewers might expect for Season 5. Though he did not give away specifics, he did say he was looking forward to another "Memphis" moment in the coming season.
Randall will start the season estranged from the rest of the Pearson clan. But he says fans shouldn't be too worried about his mental state. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said:
Listen, most of the time his brother and sister are in L.A. and he's on the East Coast, be it in New Jersey or Philadelphia. So he's used to not being with the whole family together. I think it will be sad for him to not be with his mother. But he has his wife, and I mean that by saying that anytime he finds himself getting a little too down in the dumps, she has a way of gently lifting him up and reminding him of the man that she fell in love with, which is a good kind, generous human being. And while the tactics that he employs sometimes may not always be the right ones, his intentions are always in the right place. So he’ll be aight.
That being said, Brown says Randall being on his own will take the character on a bit of a journey.
There's something there for Randall that I'm really excited about. It has to do with this exploration of past. In a similar way in which we went to Memphis [near the end of season 1] to find out things about where he came from, his father's family, etc., it's going to be something very much akin to that. But with its own little unique spin on it. I don't want to say too much, but it should be cool.
This Is Us Season 5 does not yet have a premiere date but is expected to return sometime in the fall of 2020.