This is us fans were warned of the fight between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) ahead of the season 4 finale. But even so, no one was prepared for the events that unfolded on screen. Now, Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Kevin and Randall’s father Jack, has something to say on the subject. And yes, the actor’s remarks will break your heart again.
What did Kevin and Randall say in the season 4 finale of “This Is Us”?
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In This is us The season 4 finale, Rebecca (Mandy Moore) revealed she would be taking part in an Alzheimer’s clinical trial set in St. Louis, Missouri. Previously, Matriarch Pearson wanted to spend the rest of her good days with her family. However, Randall convinced her to go to trial because he couldn’t bear to lose her.
When Kevin realized that Randall had influenced Rebecca’s change of mind, he confronted his brother. Randall has revealed that he wants to give Rebecca the “best possible chance”. Meanwhile, Kevin argued that Rebecca was making her own decisions. But in the end, the conversation turned into a messy discussion that uprooted years of resentment.
Randall named Kevin for his past selfishness, specifically for leaving his family after Jack’s death. Kevin then lashed out at Randall’s constant need to care for the family, also arguing that the counselor did not do enough to save his father.
“If I had been there, I would have walked through the literal fire and brought that man out,” Kevin said.
Randall kept reminding Kevin that he wasn’t there the night of the fire. But then it went deeper. Randall said:
He died ashamed of you. I think this is the part that really strikes you, isn’t it? The shame he felt for you and the pride he felt for me. I mean, you’re not even chasing dad’s shadow, Kevin. You’re chasing mine. But you will never be him and you will never be me. You will never know what it’s like to dedicate yourself to someone else besides yourself. You will pretend. But it will only be a performance. A tired and stale performance. Like all your performances.
Kevin replied, “You know, I thought the worst thing that happened to me was the day Dad died. That’s the day they took you home. Hand to god, Randall. The worst thing that ever happened to me. it was the day they took you home. “
Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack, reacts to the fight between Kevin and Randall in “This Is Us”
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This is us fans were torn when Kevin and Randall fought in the season 4 finale. The Pearson brothers have always been able to unite and support each other. But no one knows if Kevin and Randall will ever fully recover. So Ventimiglia’s response to the whole situation isn’t exactly surprising, especially when you consider how Jack would react.
“Personally I was heartbroken,” Ventimiglia told Entertainment Weekly in October 2020. “You understand both points of view, the desire to do the best for Mom. But most of all, it broke my heart, playing Jack and knowing that Jack isn’t around for any of those things, seeing his boys at odds. It is truly shocking. Very, very upsetting. “
The actor also commented on the scene itself, noting all the major bombs. As you may recall, the sequence in which Madison (Caitlin Thompson) tells Kevin she is pregnant with twins is woven into Kevin’s discussion with Randall.
“The whole segment of the episode where he went from the guys fighting to the discovery of Kevin [that he was a father] for the kids fighting, it was just like, ‘My God. What a huge seven minutes of story, right? “Ventimiglia said.
What we know about Kevin and Randall’s relationship is moving forward
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Kevin and Randall’s fight in This is us The season 4 finale may have been tougher than fans expected. But there is hope. In the distant future, Kevin and Randall are seen together and seem civil to each other, at the very least. Then, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in March 2020, creator Dan Fogelman hinted that the Pearson brothers will eventually sort out their relationship.
“I think part of making a drama is not being afraid to let people be really imperfect and really ugly, so hopefully, as we tend to do on our show, the hope we offer and the repair we could offer is well deserved and well executed when it arrives, “said Fogelman.
However, it doesn’t seem like an easy journey. In an interview with Awards Chatter in June, Hartley said that Randall and Kevin’s breakup is “very, very real” and they “have lost all the respect and love they have built.” However, the actor hinted that there may be something “big” to get things back to normal.
“Hopefully something will happen that will bring them back together,” Hartley said at the time. “It should be pretty big.”
Meanwhile, Brown recalled This is us fans that Kevin and Randall’s relationship has always been like a “yo-yo” as they separate and reunite again. So the brothers are likely to continue the model moving forward.
“I think when we get to that point in the future, there are other things in their minds that they are able to focus on to put aside the differences they have,” Brown said, for Deadline. “But for the next couple of seasons or how many seasons we will be around, I think you will continue to see these brothers collide and then resolve, collide and resolve.”
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