With Season 5 drawing to a close, This Is Us only has one year left. When the series was renewed for three seasons after Season 3, fans knew Season 6 would be the show's final year. Showrunner Dan Fogelman has said many times that he has a very specific ending in mind, one that the series has been directly working toward this whole time. So, what is it? These theories about the This Is Us series finale are a few good guesses for what might be in store for the big ending.
Even though Fogelman has insisted there's a clear vision and ending for the series, changes may be inevitable. For example, Season 5 was upended by the coronavirus pandemic. According to Fogelman, that meant the show had to find new ways to play previously planned beats. Since no one knows what the future holds, the show can't be too careful about getting ahead of itself. However, executive producers have insisted there is a six-season road map they've been following. And the finale has specific endpoints it will hit.
Looking back at what the show has done so far can help predict the planned endgame. Let's run down some of the most likely scenarios that will play out in the very last hour of the series: