This Is Us: Could Randall Be Killed Off?

It’s been the news around social media since last week’s heart-wrenching episode of This Is Us. No, I’m not talking about the crock-pot this time, this happens to be about what one beloved character had said that got the idea rolling.

In last week’s episode, Randall (Sterling K. Brown) makes a remark of how their father, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), has been dead “longer than we had him,” and adding that he can’t picture himself as an old man. But to Kevin (Justin Hartley) reassures his brother that he’s not going anywhere.

It was that touching scene that has resonated with the fans who saw this as a sign that Randall might be killed off down the line.
However, the creator Dan Fogelman has said that fans can rest easy for now because the show isn’t planning to kill Randall right now.

Fogelman tells Entertainment Weekly that, “I can assure everybody that we’re not killing Randall this season, so everybody can relax. I think they would burn my house down.”

Just to note that Fogelamn did say “this season,” so he isn’t making any promises that Randall would be surviving the long run of the series. But it does seem that the conversation with Kevin wasn’t a foreshadow of his demise and was just a simple fallout from Jack’s death and nothing more to it.

“I’ve experienced with a lot of friends, when you’ve lost a parent, particularly for whatever reason a parent of the same sex -a boy losing his father or a girl losing her mother early–there can be a slight mortality clock that kicks in a bit earlier than it does on other people, especially since it was formative. And I think that’s something Randall and Kevin feel,” Fogelman said.
So I guess there you have it. Randall is not going anywhere this season, but that doesn’t mean any bets are off for him in the future.

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