How does the series “This is Us” say goodbye to viewers?

How does the series “This is Us” say goodbye to viewers?

[Cet article contient des spoilers sur la saison 6 et le grand final de This is Us]

Some goodbyes are more difficult than others. Especially in series. Journalist Olivier Joyard also explained in his documentary, end of series, the art of ending a series that is usually “a moment of collective mourning” In the line of six feet under, the remains, Lost Where Crazy menThe end of We are She was eagerly awaited, she who has never stopped playing with time, memories, surprises as well. The final episode, the eighteenth of season 6, was broadcast Tuesday night on the American channel NBC and is now available on MyCanal.

A funeral to get over and a Saturday to do nothing

We are devoted much of season 6 to showing that as the years go by, time goes by faster and faster, and observation Randall made during Kate and Phillip’s marriage. A lot has happened in the last few episodes: Kate split up with Toby and married Phillip, Kevin found his childhood sweetheart Sophie, Randall is out to win the Senate or even more, his adopted daughter is already pregnant, Miguel is dead and Rebecca has “found Jack after a metaphorical train trip, a way to revisit the series through his eyes, at the dawn of his death.

As the final episode begins, all bets on the series are settled, and while it has us used to some twists and cliffhangers, from its pilot, none of that here. The episode reflects the present with the day of Rebecca’s funeral, of which we will see almost nothing, and, in the past, a Saturday “with nothing to do”. It’s a good idea of ​​this ending, and the series, the famous “collecting the little things”, those little things that we don’t take the time to appreciate too worried about them ending, or are too busy looking forward, and trying to remember the rest of your life.

No drama, no death, just “little things”

“I always wanted and always planned for the last episode to be more of an epilogue, the continuity of our story, rather than a precise moment,” creator Dan Fogelman explains to variety. I wanted us to be able to experience a normal day in the life of a family before something drastic happens. It was important to finish the series about how the human condition and the human spirit endures and advances, instead of just one moment, one death, which would have seen everyone cry hysterically. »

A little swing, a shaving session, a family game… “Little Nothings” and flashbacks shot 3-4 years ago, when Randall, Kate, and Kevin’s performers were still little kids, proof that Dan Fogelman had the end in mind from the beginning. The series does not play the flash-forward card as six feet under although we already know, in a more distant future, that Jack, the son of Kate and Toby, will become a pop star. But in the course of a conversation, the Big Three tease what their future could be: Kate wants to open music schools for the visually impaired around the world, Kevin wants to pursue his nonprofit commitments, and Randall has the intention to continue his policy. career, up to the presidency of the United States.

A final plan that is both simple and heartbreaking.

The only small surprise in this ending, frustration for some, satisfaction for others, is how Randall finds himself a little more at the center of the episode than his brother and sister, for the simple and good reason, says the creator, that “having a grandson”: “This episode is about the legacy and the future. I thought thinking of him as a representative of the Big Three at this last moment. »

He even gets the final shot, with a young Randall looking at his father Jack with depth and tenderness, and enjoying the moment for what it is, “a little thing.” “I always knew I wanted to end this feeling of children looking at their parents, capturing something that they will keep with them for life,” says Dan Fogelman. The ending, and indeed the entire series, is a very simple promise: the people you lose live forever through the ones left behind. »

He continues and concludes: “Everyone, in our lives, will inevitably experience loss, and sadness, but there is something to know: on different scales, they will always live with you. It’s a bit difficult to understand, but when you expand, as the show is expected to have done, following multiple generations of the same family, you can see how the people you lose stay in the game all the time. That’s what the series finale is about, what this final shot is about. »

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