'This Is Us' likely ending after season 6: details

"This Is Us" will likely end after six seasons on NBC, the drama's showrunners revealed.

In a revealing new interview with Deadline, Isaac Aptaker and Dan Fogelman said that they have a series finale planned for "about three seasons in the future." Considering that the show is currently in its third season, that would mean six total seasons with the Pearson family.

Though the reveal will come as a shock to many fans of the record-breaking NBC hit, the show's likely ending is an open secret on the tightly-lipped set, meaning that Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia and co. are well aware of their plans.

"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,'" Aptaker explained. "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."

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THIS IS US -- 'The Last Seven Weeks' Episode 310 -- Pictured: Sterling K. Brown as Randall Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Last Seven Weeks' Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson, Melanie Liburd as Zoe -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Last Seven Weeks' Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Last Seven Weeks' Episode 310 -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Sometimes' Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson, Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Sometimes' Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Sometimes' Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Sometimes' Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Sometimes' Episode 307 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: (l-r) Laura Niemi as Marilyn Pearson, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: (l-r) Peter Onorati as Stanley Pearson, Laura Niemi as Marilyn Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Ave Maria' Episode 301 -- Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Justin Hartley as Kevin, Natalie Morales as herself -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: Lyric Ross as D��-- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Lyric Ross as D�� Faithe Herman as Annie, Eris Baker as Tess -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby, Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Nine Bucks' Episode 301 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Vietnam' Episode 305 -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Angarano as Nicky, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Toby' Episode 304 -- Pictured: Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Toby' Episode 304 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jon Huertas as Miguel Rivas, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Toby' Episode 304 -- Pictured: Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Last Seven Weeks' Episode 310 -- Pictured: (l-r) Melanie Liburd as Zoe, Justin Hartley as Kevin Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Toby' Episode 304 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Katie Girls' Episode 303 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Katie Girls' Episode 303 -- Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'Katie Girls' Episode 303 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chris Sullivan as Toby Damon, Chrissy Metz as Kate Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Aptaker and Fogelman described their planned series finale "elegant" and "satisfying."

"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," Aptaker said. "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."

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