The much-beloved drama series This Is Us finally returns for a second season — and fans are desperate for answers. We all fell in love with the Pearson family when the series first premiered on NBC. Now, we have even more questions.
Will we find out what happened to Jack (Milo Ventimiglia)? Will Jack and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) marriage get back on track? What will Randall (Sterling K. Brown) do now that he’s left his high-powered job? Will Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) make it down the aisle? And, will Kevin (Justin Hartley) get his ex-wife Sophie (Alexandra Breckenridge) back for good?
Though we’re all on the edge of our seats for more details about the Pearson’s lives, Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), Randall’s wife and mom to their two little girls, has the biggest question marks surrounding her backstory. We have no idea how Beth and Randall met, nor do we have many clues about her past. Luckily, in an interview with Variety, Watson said, “It makes [me] it exciting to go into seasons two and three. And know we’re going to explore Beth’s life more.” This is what we’ll learn about Beth during Season 2 of This Is Us.
Tension in her marriage
Other than a fight with Randall when she thought she might be pregnant unexpectantly, Beth’s marriage seems pretty rock solid. From befriending William (Ron Cephas Jones) — Randall’s estranged father — to being a rock for Randall when he was experiencing extreme anxiety, Beth has always been a rockstar wife and mother. However, that’s going to change in Season 2. Watson told Entertainment Weekly,
It was kind of crazy to have that kind of tension with Randall. It’s a way that they are with each other that we haven’t seen before. Beth gets to express how she feels that she’s taken on a lot this year because of what he’s been going through, so she wants there to be a consideration of her feelings. To see the two of them be on very opposite sides and not polite about it, it’s a real issue. And it doesn’t get wrapped up quickly. It’s something that they’re really trying to work through and trying to find a way through, and it’s going to be interesting and surprising. It’s going to take them to a new place in their relationship. It’s really going to stretch them, and I think that’s the best way I can put it.