This Is Us viewers are forced to break out multiple boxes of tissues on a weekly basis.
The NBC drama is darn good, but darn sad and sentimental as well.
Now, however, due to a bit of shocking news from showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Dan Fogelman, fans of the series are likely to lose their emotional $hit for reasons that have nothing to do with ongoing storylines.
This is a long-winded way of saying the following:
This Is Us is coming to an end!!!!!!
In, like, three years.
In a revealing interview with Deadline, Aptaker and Fogelman say pretty clearly that the show will likely wrap up after Season 6.
“We’ve got multiple seasons mapped out,” Fogelman tells the outlet of his beloved drama, which is currently in Season 3.
“I think this season has been a lot about redemption, but also a lot of rebirth. Next season is a season of new beginnings and restarts.”
Fans can expect interweaving timelines to play an even more prominent role in 2019-2020, the producers promise, but they also reveal that the plan all along has been to conclude This Is Us after six seasons.
“From day one, Dan came in with his master plan for the big picture stuff of the show and said, ‘I think this is where we end up. I think this is what I know. Let’s figure out the rest together.’
"So all of the writers and the actors really know everything.
"We’re all pretty good at keeping secrets by now, it’s been three years, but it’s a total open book for everyone who works on the show, so there are no secrets from each other.”
Naturally, of course, NBC may have something to say about this plan.
The network renewed This Is Us for two additional seasons during its initial run, making it clear that it saw long-term potential in the stories of Jack, Randall, Kate and company.
If the series maintains its popularity, and executies offer Aptaker and Fogelman enough money to stick around, who the heck knows?
This Is Us could air 17 seasons in the end.
For now, however, arcs and stories are being written with the sixth season end date in mind.
And it sounds like the two men in charge know exactly how they want to say goodbye.
“I would hope that it’s elegant,” Aptaker told Deadline of the series finale, which he's already thought about it."
“That’s what we’re going for. I would hope that when we reach our ending, people think it’s a really satisfying end place, that makes sense, and it feels like they’ve watched something that is a complete piece of work because that’s really how we’re trying to plan it.
"Almost like you would a book, or a super-long movie.
"We’ve had this end in mind for a long time, so we’re able to plan for it, and try to make it feel like it’s a whole, as opposed to a series that’s going to go endlessly.”
This Is Us - which stars, among others, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia - airs Tuesdays at 9/8 c on NBC.
It will definitely make you cry.
But it's pretty fantastic.