Consider This Wishful Thinking, but What If the Flash-Forwards on This Is Us Aren’t Real?

Warning: This Is Us season two spoilers ahead.

This Is Us was jam-packed with emotional moments during the season two finale, but nothing comes close to the final few minutes of the episode. During three shocking flash-forwards, we learn that Toby is extremely depressed, Kevin is dating Beth’s cousin Zoe, and Randall is getting ready to visit a mysterious “her” with his grown-up daughter Tess.

While it’s unclear who exactly the “her” is, fans have already started imagining the worst. Is Beth dead? Is Deja in prison? Is Annie sick? However, we have a different theory. What if the flash-forward isn’t actually a flash-forward at all? What if it’s actually a “worse-case scenario”?

During the episode, Randall and Beth play a “worse-case scenario” game in which they spitball horrible hypothetical situations to make themselves feel better about the present. We already know that the writers love their hidden Easter eggs, so what if the simple game is actually a clue for future episodes? It’s possible that the flash-forward, or at least some of the flash-forwards, are what could be rather than what already is.

Perhaps that will be part of the journey of season three: trying to figure out what is real and not real. The show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, did say that they are going to play with timelines a lot next season. Not to mention, there has already been talk about introducing an alternate timeline on the show.

If this theory does end up being true, season three will be one crazy ride.

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