‘This Is Us’ Season 5: How Will Kevin and Randall’s Fight Impact the Pearson Family?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth on

This Is Us followers witnessed an explosive struggle between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling Okay. Brown) throughout the fourth season finale. Now, viewers are unsure how the 2 brothers can mend their relationship. But how will the rift between Kevin and Randall have an effect on the remainder of the Pearson household in This Is Us Season 5? There are loads of layers to unfold when the NBC drama returns.

Kevin and Randall’s struggle within the ‘This Is Us’ Season Four finale causes a rift within the Pearson household

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Throughout everything of This Is Us, followers witnessed Randall and Kevin battle to grasp each other. Then when the brothers disagreed on Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) future after her gentle cognitive impairment prognosis, all the things boiled over. 

In the second half of This Is Us Season 4, the Pearson matriarch wished to spend the remainder of her days along with her household. Kevin agreed with Rebecca’s determination. However, Randall begged his mom to participate in a medical trial, which befell miles away from everybody in St. Louis, Missouri. As a result, Rebecca modified her thoughts. 

When Rebecca revealed she really wished to do the trial, Kevin knew Randall influenced their mom’s new determination. So Kevin confronted his brother. But as they argued, Randall and Kevin began taking low jabs at one another. For one, Randall advised Kevin their father, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), died ashamed of him. Then Kevin spewed out that Randall’s adoption was worse than their Jack’s demise.

Susan Kelechi Watson hints Beth will hold involved with Kevin after the struggle with Randall

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The This Is Us Season Four fall finale previewed the rift between Kevin and Randall. In the episode — titled “So Long, Marianne” — Kevin and Kate (Chrissy Metz) celebrated their 40th birthday with Rebecca and Miguel (Jonn Huertas). However, Randall was notably absent, as he was now not talking with Kevin. 

Meanwhile, creator Dan Fogelman revealed Randall will probably be spending his birthday along with his rapid household when This Is Us returns for season 5. 

“His 40th birthday, it’s not him sitting on a couch in the fetal position and crying the entire time,” Fogelman advised Entertainment Weekly in March. “It’s fair to say there’s a longing and also an immediate family rallying around to kind of try and make it all work.”

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Now, it seems each Kevin and Randall may have household surrounding them after their argument. Then in an interview with TV Insider revealed in July 2020, Susan Kelechi Watson — who performs Beth — hinted her character could not takes sides. But she is going to doubtless stay supportive.

“I don’t think [she] would,” Watson stated when requested whether or not Beth would lower Kevin out of her life. “This is one of those times she might go behind [Randall’s] back. And try to figure it out.”

She continued, “Guaranteed she’d have [Randall’s] back but I don’t think she would completely cut them off. It feels like she would try to be the person who keeps that connection open even as he’s struggling with it. I think she would try to keep those lines of communication open as much as she could without being disrespectful to her and Randall’s relationship.”

Justin Hartley wonders how Randall would react if Kevin continued to speak to Beth and his daughters amid their struggle

Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling K. Brown as Randall, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth on 'This Is Us' Season 3
Justin Hartley as Kevin, Sterling Okay. Brown as Randall, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth on ‘This Is Us’ | Ron Batzdorff/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal through Getty Images

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In a separate interview with TV Insider, Hartley appeared to echo Watson’s remarks about Kevin’s relationship with Randall’s household in This Is Us Season 5. And regardless of the rift, they’d most likely proceed to maintain involved. However, Hartley puzzled what Randall’s response can be. 

“If there’s a rift between Randall and Kevin that’s so deep that they’re not talking to each other, Kevin doesn’t seem like the kind of person that would just then say, ‘Well, I’m not talking to my nieces and Beth, either,’” Hartley stated. “He doesn’t seem like that kind of a guy.” 

He added, “So I’m wondering how that would affect Randall, knowing that his wife and children talk to him. It’d be fun to explore that relationship a little bit more.”

Hartley additionally speculated Beth might be the important thing to revive Randall and Kevin’s relationship. But for now, followers will simply have to attend and see what occurs when This Is Us comes again.

“Maybe she can help mend the broken fence there,” he stated.

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