This Is Us Is Planning About Three More Seasons Before An 'Elegant' Ending

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This Is Us is already making plans for its endgame. The beloved NBC drama is planning for “about three” more seasons before it draws to an “elegant” end, according to This Is Us' co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker. Discussing the show’s eventual finale, Aptaker revealed:

I would hope that it’s elegant. That’s what we’re going for. I would hope that when we reach our ending, people think it’s a really satisfying end place, that makes sense, and it feels like they’ve watched something that is a complete piece of work because that’s really how we’re trying to plan it. Almost like you would a book, or a super-long movie. We’ve had this end in mind for a long time, so we’re able to plan for it, and try to make it feel like it’s a whole, as opposed to a series that’s going to go endlessly.

This Is Us fans usually have their tissues handy to wipe a tear or more regarding the latest plot twists. This news may induce tears for different reasons. Considering what Isaac Atpaker told Deadline, the show’s creative powers already have a specific end in sight. That fits with what series creator Dan Fogelman previously said when he noted they had already filmed pieces of the final scene for the series finale.

This may be sad news for fans who would like to see the show go on indefinitely. However, the update from Isaac Aptaker is arguably as assuring as it is bittersweet. Fans can take solace in knowing that the show is not making things up as they go along. This Is Us has had its ending in mind for what sounds like a while.

Knowing they have a definitive idea for the ending means that the writing leading up to it should be organic and help the show remain faithful to its characters.

This is one of those confirmations that is always positive to hear. Sometimes it can feel like shows hit a roadblock at a certain point in their run, seemingly unsure of where to head next, and that is never a good experience.

Based on what has been shared here and previously, that should not be the case for This Is Us. The drama is set to give fans a mega-movie replete with a beginning, middle, and end.

According to what This Is Us' co-showrunner said, the drama may have reached its halfway point with Season 3. That can be deduced from Isaac Aptaker saying the show is planning “about three seasons into the future” for the series finale. Will Season 6 be the end of This Is Us?

If the show sticks to its current time-frame that's possible Following that trajectory, This Is Us could finish airing in early 2022. That date is probably closer than fans may like it to be. Time tends to go by quickly when it comes to a series’ final half.

Season 3 has been met with its share of criticism from fans. This Is Us executive producer Elizabeth Berger responded to the reaction. Despite the season’s subject matter, she indicated uplifting times would be ahead. Does that mean the turbulent time in Beth and Randall's marriage is about to end? Or should fans still be worried about their future? Time will tell.

Season 3 will end later than initially scheduled so fans will have more of the year to enjoy it. This Is Us will return with new episodes starting Tuesday, February 12 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. The drama is among many airing new episodes in the midseason.

Britt Lawrence

Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.