This Is Us Premiere: EP Guarantees Solutions on this big Randall-related reveal will come “rapidly”.

Warning: This post contains major spoilers from the season 5 premiere of This Is Us.

This Is Us is not satisfied with resting on it Laurel no more.

In the final moments of the season five premiere on Tuesday, the family drama revealed that Randall’s birth mother, whom viewers believed died shortly after he was born, actually survived the drug overdose that nearly cost her life.

The two-part episode titled “Forty” recorded The 40 3’s 40th, a date Adopted Randall lamented might not even be his actual date of birth. (As it turns out, it wasn’t.) In today’s story, Randall met with Kevin and Kate in the cabin to deal with Rebecca’s disturbing dementia episode. Meanwhile, looking back on the aftermath showed Williams’ fear after his girlfriend Laurel, OD over heroin, asked her to get hold of her to ease her pain after Randall was born.

After paramedics pronounced them dead and indicated that the police and child protection services would interfere, William fled with his young son … so he wasn’t there when one of the paramedics later noticed that Laurel was still having a pulse. And just before the premiere, Laurel began to breathe again. (Read a full summary.)

During a conference call with reporters Tuesday, the show’s creator and executive producer Dan Fogelman said the Laurel reveal will fit in with another theme at the fore of the episode: Randall’s ongoing exploration of who he really is.

“For us, Randall’s story has, by and large, always been a story of identity,” said Fogelman. “Until he can get some answers and some sort of degree there, it will be a final step for him to come to terms with some of his own questions about his identity. And it’s something we’ve always talked about when you look back on the show. ‘Where is your mother? Why is your birth mother not part of this narrative of your life? She is that character who died in childbirth. You never really looked into it. This first half of the season is our opportunity to do just that. “

In contrast to some of the previous mysteries of This Is Us – see also: How Did Jack Die? Who does “she” refer to? “- Fogelman promises that any logical questions about Laurel (such as whether she’s still alive or not) will be answered soon.” Answers are received pretty quickly, “he said.” Certainly it’s not something we’re going to pull out, a secret like this, over several seasons or so. There is a pretty quick answer. I think it will turn out to be elegant. “

In other Premiere-related news:

* Fogelman previewed parent-to-be Kevin and Madison “going on an up and down journey. It won’t be as easy as some of our other love stories have been. “

* After Randall and Dr. Leigh (played by Pamela Adlon) broke up, Fogelman said his search for a black therapist will begin in the next episode. “That person, he or she, will be a recurring part of the season,” he added. However: “At least in the next episode we are leaning on that it is not as if Randall suddenly hires a new therapist and suddenly his whole world opens up. That’s not how therapy works, and that’s not how Randall would work. So there is a trip there. “

* Though the pandemic slightly changed the authors’ immediate plans for Rebecca – aka the postponement of the St. Louis clinical trial – Fogelman said the character’s long-term arc remains unchanged. “Given the current state of the disease in terms of research and science, there is a way we can still hold on to which is our plan for Rebecca that is not forever changed by the pandemic, but in the short term on hers Location where she lives, ”he said. Also, look for an exploration of the Miguel and Rebecca commercials, which “will become a bigger part of the season in the back half of this season and the next half,” the EP previewed.

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