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15 Things You Need to Know About Season 2 of "This Is Us"

We're about to see a whole new side of Jack.
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Season 1 of the hit NBC show This Is Us certainly knew how to tug at our heartstrings... and it looks like that has no intention of stopping come Season 2. Here's everything we know so far about the highly-anticipated new season, which premieres on September 26 on NBC.

We'll see more of the youngest versions of the "Big Three."


According to Entertainment Weekly, Mackenzie Hancsicsak (young Kate) and Parker Bates (Kevin) have just been promoted to series regulars for the second season. While Lonnie Chavis will continue to portray young Randall on the NBC hit, he will not be a series regular due to contract obligations for the upcoming Showtime comedy White Famous.

And go through the teenage years with them.


Also getting promotions are Hanna Zeile (teenage Kate), Niles Fitch (teenage Randall), and Logan Shroyer (teenage Kevin), so hopefully we'll learn more about what life was like for the "Big Three" in high school.

There's more to Kevin and Sophie's love story.


Alexandra Breckenridge (Sophie) was also announced to be a new series regular, Deadline reports. Hopefully, this means their love story is far from over, even though at the end of Season 1 Kevin was headed back to L.A. for a new movie role.

We'll see more of Randall's growing family.


By the end of Season 1, Randall told Beth his plans to adopt a baby, which likely will be a point of discussion this next season. So will more scenes of their family of four as Faithe Herman (Annie) and Eris Baker (Tess) have been upped to series regulars as well, Entertainment Weekly reports.

And more of Miguel.


Sorry to disappoint all the Miguel haters, but Jon Huertas also got promoted to a series regular, according to Deadline.com. So, I guess it's time to be Team Miguel now?

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Yes, we will learn how Jack died.


Perhaps the biggest mystery of Season 1 was how Jack died. And while season one never revealed the big details (other than a quick funeral scene with the "Big Three" as teenagers), multiple stars and creator Dan Fogelman have revealed that this season we will learn more about Jack's untimely demise. And pretty soon after the show picks back up.

"One thing I can tell you, you will learn how Jack died in the first episode of Season 2," Mandy Moore told Larry King in an interview. "That's what we've been told."

Season 2 will be "bigger than Season 1."


At the This Is Us panel at the ATX Television Festival, Pop Sugar reports that Milo Ventimiglia (Jack) and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke were asked to share Season 2 details. While they couldn't say much, Salke did say it would be "bigger than Season 1 in every way." Ventimiglia added that "It's f--kin' exciting... I've been dying to get back to work."

William will be back in some way.


Just because William died in perhaps one of the saddest episodes of This Is Us to date, doesn't mean Ron Cephas Jones' character is being written off completely. (Phew!)

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, after "Memphis" aired, Cephas Jones said, "I do know that he's going to carry over into Season 2 in some way, just as well as Jack was in all of Season 1. The whole story was there; it's just the way they're doing their writing. It's so beautiful and interesting, and it leaves it open for so many possibilities."

According to TV Guide, William will primarily be seen in flashbacks throughout the season.

Season 2 will have 18 episodes.


When the NBC hit got its series renewal notice, executives also revealed Season 2 will have 18 episodes. Fogelman revealed that the seasons will likely be split into two arcs, one before the holiday break and the other after, much like Season 1.

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They are bringing in more comedy.


While the first season of the NBC dramedy relied heavy on the drama (meaning tears aplenty), the showrunners revealed at a finale screening that Season 2 will bring more laughs this time around."People call the show a dramedy but we're going to lean into the [comedy] a little more," co-showrunner Isaac Aptaker said.

Co-producer Elizabeth Berger added, "We were talking to [creator] Dan [Fogelman] for actually a few hours today about Season 2 and we kept pitching things and then we'd say, 'That's too sad! Let's lighten up a little.'"

Kate will sing her heart out


As we learned in Season 1, Chrissy Metz (Kate) has a beautiful singing voice, and as she mentioned in the end of the season, she wants to pursue her passions. And she will.

"We're going to [have Kate] do a lot of singing [next season]," executive producer Elizabeth Berger told Glamour. "We're excited to explore this part of her because she has a beautiful voice."

Randall's grief will be a big focus.


Towards the end of Season 1, we saw Randall beginning to come to terms with William's death, something that will continue this next season. Fogelman told Entertainment Weekly that his grief will "bleed heavily" into Season 2.

We'll see a whole new side to Jack.


While Season 1 focused primarily on Jack as a father, through the eyes of his children, Fogelman says that will change with Season 2. "We've gotten to see Jack from a certain perspective this season," he said, according to Deadline. "I think we might get him from another perspective, and other characters ... It's kind of an endless canvas."

Beth and Randall might have problems.


While Beth and Randall seemed to be the most stable couple of Season 1, that could change. Susan Kelechi Watson (Beth) hinted that she doesn't think the worst is behind them.

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Watson explained that since Season 1 saw a shift in Randall, but what does that mean for Beth? Or their marriage? "Him hitting that milestone of 36 opened up something now that is going to stay open. It leaves room for a lot of change to want to come forth, and a lot of stuff that we'll still be grappling with," Watson told TVLine.

"This chapter, of course, has come to an end. But the door is still open for more things to change, especially as Randall begins to find who he is now that his father's gone … something that reflects Randall and honors not just William, but his whole journey."

The show gets a special post-Super Bowl episode.


Given the show's special relationship to football and the Steelers, it seems like a no-brainer that NBC (home of the 2018 Super Bowl) has chosen This Is Us to follow the big sporting event. "We thought it was great for the number-one sports franchise to be followed by the number-one scripted franchise," NBC entertainment chair Bob Greenblatt said, Variety reports.

From: Good Housekeeping

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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