This Is Us came to an end after six seasons on NBC back in 2022, but the Emmy Award-winning family drama made its grand entrance onto Netflix in January 2024. It's safe to say that the Pearson family will be making quite the comeback as fans new and old experience the sprawling family tale, with every twist, turn, and tear along the way.
The series follows the decades-spanning history of the Pearson family and every branch and bloom on their family tree that makes their story unique and relatable. Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia lead This Is Us as the Pearson parents Jack and Rebecca, while Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, and Chrissy Metz star as the present-day iterations of their children Randall, Kevin, and Kate.
No two seasons of the series are the same, and each one introduces a new host of questions about the Pearson mythology. But there are undoubtedly three major burning questions from the series' six seasons that remain at the top of mind for viewers. Whether you need a refresher on these three questions or you're searching for spoilers while binge-watching, here's the answers!
WARNING: Major spoilers ahead from the complete series of This Is Us.
Who does Kevin end up with?
In the final season of This Is Us, Kevin Pearson ends up with Sophie Inman (Virgin River star Alexandra Breckenridge). Until the final season, the series had a huge question looming overhead about who Kevin would end up with by the end of the show. He was previously married to Sophie before getting divorced, then dated Zoe (Melanie Liburd), has a one-night stand with Cassidy (Jennifer Morrison), and has twins with and gets engaged to Madison (Caitlin Thompson).
Kevin and Sophie reconnect at Kate's wedding to Philip (Chris Geere). Prior to that, Beth and Madison have a sneaking suspicion that before the wedding, Kevin had spent the night with either Sophie, Cassidy, or the wedding singer. (It's pretty funny to watch they play detective with Kevin's love life.) In the episode "The Night Before the Wedding," it's revealed what Kevin actually got up to before Kate's wedding. While he did interact with both the wedding singer and Cassidy, he and Sophie have an actual, real moment.
Although she had gotten married to a man named Grant, she tells Kevin that she's now divorced. They spend the day getting to know each other again as Kevin assists with helping her find a dress for the wedding thanks to her lost luggage. When they nearly sleep together, Sophie stops out of fear that they're making a mistake by reopening their complicated romantic past. However, Rebecca gives Sophie some words of encouragement and Kevin shows her that he's always held onto his Valentine card for her from when they were kids. They kiss, and the rest, as they say, is history.
How does Jack die?
The early seasons of This Is Us were very much rooted in the mystery surrounding Jack's death. His absence cast a large shadow over the lives of Rebecca and the Big Three, so much so that Kate could barely talk to Toby about Jack in the beginning of their relationship. Jack's death and the truth about how it happened built up to the season 2 episode "Super Bowl Sunday," which was aptly aired directly after the Super Bowl as everyone tuned in to find out Jack's cause of death.
In the previous episode, the Pearson family's old and wonky slow cooker caused a house fire. Jack races to get Rebecca, Randall, and Kate safely out of the house. (Kevin wasn't home at the time.) When Kate realizes her dog remains inside the burning house, Jack risks his life to run back in to retrieve the dog and some other special, irreplaceable belongings such as photos. Thankfully, he makes it back out of the house unscathed.
However, he's instructed to head to the hospital to be checked out because of all the smoke he inhaled from going back into the house. The doctors tell him that he's doing very well given the amount of smoke he took in during the fire. Relieved by this promising news, Rebecca leaves Jack in the hospital room to buy them snacks, but by the time she returns, Jack had gone into cardiac arrest and died. It's one of the most devastating scenes of the entire series.
Back when the episode aired, the internet blamed Jack's death on the slow cooker, but were they wrong?
Do Kate and Toby end up together?
If you're just getting into This Is Us or are deep into your rewatch, you're probably wondering whether Kate and Toby are endgame. While the couple gets married and has two children together — biological son Jack and adopted daughter Hailey — they do hit a rough patch in their marriage surrounding all kinds of disagreements, such as parenting, career, and just everything. Their strife hit a fever pitch when Toby brought up Jack (Kate's dad, not their son) during a fight.
Needless to say, Kate and Toby don't make it through their issues, no matter how hard they tried to fight for their marriage in therapy. In the season 6 episode "KaToby," which is the 100th episode of the series, the couple gets divorced. Kate ends up marrying Philip, her boss at the school where she teaches music to blind children. As sad as it was to watch Kate and Toby's love story end after watching its magical beginnings, it's a relatable aspect of love and life that things don't work out, but you can't also find that magic again if you open yourself up to a second chance.
All six seasons of This Is Us are now available to stream on Netflix.