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This Is Us has released a first look at its ambitious Season 3, and with the new promo came a surprising revelation. Midway through the video, we see scenes of The Big Three's 38th birthdays, and Kate seemed to reveal where her and Toby's story will be going next. In blowing out the candles on what looks to be a veggie tray fashioned into a birthday cake, Kate revealed her wish this year is for a baby. Check out the video!
Kate is hoping to try again for a child with Toby, which follows the miscarriage storyline the characters had before their wedding at the end of Season 2. It's a bit weird for Kate to be making that announcement in the midst of a birthday party, especially given the superstition that openly talking about one's wish can lead to it not coming true. Whatever the context of the situation may be, the announcement looks to have hit Toby like a ton of bricks; when Kate is seen storming away from her shocked husband, she's wearing the same outfit from the birthday scene, so it's likely they had a talk about the situation in between those edits.
This potential revelation adds to the context of that This Is Us finale flash-forward, which showed Toby a year into the future, curled up in a bed and sobbing. It's possible Toby's emotional state may be tied to his and Kate's efforts to have a child. This could mean Kate's road to a new pregnancy may not be as simple she'd hoped it would be, and that the two are headed towards a lot more drama and hardship down the road. Unless the pregnancy and delivery were successes, and he's just freaking out over the stresses of being a new father.
Having said that, it's also entirely possible Toby's breakdown is unrelated to the couple's attempt to have another child. After all, Toby's mother revealed in Season 2 of This Is Us that he's been in a funky state like that before, which seems to allude to an underlying and potentially undiagnosed reason his emotions are out of whack. That's further backed up by Kate's conversation with Toby in the flash-forward, in which she says she spoke with his doctor about switching up his medications.
With Kate's intention to have a child possibly crossing paths with Toby's breakdown, it will be interesting to see how things evolve for them in Season 3. The couple has had their fair share of issues in the past, although cooler heads always prevailed as they worked things out sooner than later. The clock is ticking down for Kate's prime window for childbirth, however, and with Toby going through his own personal issues, one has to wonder how long she'll be willing to wait to delay her birthday wish.