Spoilers ahead for the January 15 episode of This Is Us on NBC.
This Is Us had some viewers shook with its return, as the midseason premiere's beginning gave the implication that all was not well for Beth and Randall. Luckily, the end of the episode found the two on good terms again, but Sterling K. Brown just hinted that things could get messy for them again. Brown spoke about Randall winning the election, and gave viewers a reason to worry about the Pearson power couple.
We've said that from the beginning that Beth and Randall go through some things from the onset of the season, and now we're about to get into the nitty-gritty of it all. [Laughs] Randall actually winning the election is a launching point for them trying to figure, "Okay, what does our marriage look like now? You traveling back and forth four hours a day. Me, Beth, alone with the kids, me trying to figure out what it is I want to do with my life" -- because she's got a bit of a hole inside of her that she's looking to fill -- and how all of these things add up to one of those marital disputes that we all know and recognize but definitely do not love.
As some may have thought, Beth verbally acknowledging her husband's obsessive need to see things through didn't mean everything was fine. Sure, the two found their way into the same bedroom again, but with Randall now committed to a 4-hour commute back-and-forth between work and home, Beth may be stuck in a role she may have thought was temporary due to his low odds of winning the election. Will she hold on for however long his term is?
Sterling K. Brown didn't say, but he did tease to EW that the problems in Randall's life aren't going away once he officially steps into this new position. More issues are on the way, including one that he's unable to talk about for the time being.
It means that big decisions have to be made for the family. Randall, in his zealous naiveté, he wants to be of service, he wants to help, and that's the only thing that matters to him in the beginning. He sees a district that's being underserved and he feels that he can do a better job, so he runs, not taking into full consideration the level of upheaval that it may cause to his own personal life. And there is personal upheaval that ensues... and that's all I can say about that.
The recent This Is Us drama and Sterling K. Brown's comments may be concerning to viewers, especially in light of the flash forward in the midseason finale that aired back in November. An older Randall asked his daughter Tess to reach out to Beth, despite the audience seeing he had used a cellphone to call Toby not long before that. It's led some to believe the two get a divorce, and that the current storyline may be showing that unfold.
Sterling K. Brown is well-aware that fans are freaking out about that possibility, and noted that he has people in his life equally as worried. His sister has voiced her displeasure in the decision to him if that's the course This Is Us is plotting, and even Brown's wife took issue with it. Brown said his wife believes that if Empire's Lucious and Cookie can work through their marital issues, Randall and Beth can definitely figure things out.
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