We’ve sniffled our way through the trailer. We’ve seen the poster. We’ve perused the photos. And now, all that’s left, ahead of This Is Us‘ upcoming final season, is to stock up on tissues and wait for the premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 4 (NBC, 9/8c).
Oh wait, there’s one more thing. We’ve been thinking about all of the Pearson-related moments that we hope will unfold before the hit ensemble drama wraps for good, and we’re betting that maybe you are, too? Because in a show that hops around in time as easily as cars switch lanes on the freeway, the opportunities are endless.
With that in mind, we’re hoping to see several key moments play out ahead of that final fade to black. Some, like Rebecca and Miguel’s wedding, we’ve been waiting for for quite some time. Others, like getting a glimpse of Déja’s baby, are relatively new wishes. Still others, like a particular wish for Susan Kelechi Watson’s Beth, stem from something we loved the first time it came around. All of them will help soften the blow of saying a permanent good-bye to the Pearsons when the series finale comes around.
So scroll down to see our Season 6 wishlist, then hit the comments with your deepest desires for the family series’ final run of episodes.
THE YEAR OF KATE AND RANDALL
We’ve said it before, but we’d love to get a peek or two at the Year of Kate and Randall. Perhaps the Sex and the City revival could spark some memories for the siblings, who spent a lot of time watching the HBO series and nibbling on Hot Pockets in their shared grief in the aftermath of Jack’s death?
REBECCA AND MIGUEL'S WEDDING
This Is Us loves a wedding… so why not show us the day that Rebecca and Miguel made their later-in-life union official?
We love — and miss! — Randall’s biological dad so much, we’ll take him in every single flashback we can get.
REBECCA'S END (WITH PLENTY OF TIME TO PROCESS IT)
Look, if we had our way, all of the Pearsons would live happily ever after. But that’s not how life, or this show, plays out. So instead of keeping an ailing Rebecca (in the flash-forward) holding on until the series finale, we hope that she gets a fitting exit by midseason — which will give her family (and us) adequate time to reckon with her death and celebrate her life.
THE RETURN OF SALLY
Nicky and Sally’s love story can’t be over just like that, can it? Sure, way back when, he stood her up on the night they were supposed to drive cross-country to California… but in the current-day storyline, Jack’s brother is spending significant amounts of time on the West Coast. Is it that far a leap to think that she might still be there? Or to think that she might be the person to whom he is wed in the flash-forward?
RANDALL'S RISING STAR
What, exactly, propels Randall into the type of fame that has The New Yorker writing a profile about him around the time of Kate’s second wedding? (That’s not a rhetorical question: We truly want to know!)
KEV AND MADISON'S TWINS AS ADULTS
Since the show is so comfortable fast-forwarding into the future these days, how about we see what Kevin and Madison’s son and daughter are like when they’re adults? And while we’re on the topic…
… why not introduce us to Déja’s little one, whose fledgling existence was a hot topic in a previous flash-forward?
ONE MORE BETH SOLO
We love to watch Susan Kelechi Watson move — wouldn’t it be great to see Beth dance again, perhaps in the Season 6 follow-up to her backstory episode (which Watson co-wrote!)?
A MONOLOGUE THAT ABSOLUTELY DESTROYS US
Much like Kevin’s explanation of death to Tess and Annie in Season 1 (“There’s no dying. There’s no you, or me, or them…it’s just us. And this sloppy, wild, colorful, magical thing that has no beginning, no end…that’s right here. I think it’s us.”), we’re holding out for a final season speech that will utterly ruin us with its simplicity, perfection and illumination of the toughest, most beautiful parts of life. No pressure, writers’ room!