‘This Is Us’ creator teases final moments of season 3 finale

The final moments of the “This Is Us” Season 3 finale were so secretive, that series stars Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi Watson received redacted scripts. Justin Hartley said when he found out the last moments, he told himself, “Oh f—, they did it to me again.”

Brown, Watson and Hartley joined other cast members and producers of the popular NBC family drama at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. Sunday for the closing night of Paleyfest. Fans of the show gathered for an advanced screening of the March 26 episode, and learned more about the Season 3 finale on April 2, as well as details of the fourth installment.

Dan Fogelman, the creator of the series, said that fans will “get a lot of answers,” in regards to some of the biggest storylines surrounding siblings Randall (Brown), Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Kevin (Hartley) during Season 3. Some of the major plot points included Randall and Beth’s (Watson) struggling marriage, Kevin’s relationship with Zoe (Melanie Liburd) and Kate’s premature baby.

“Obviously there’s a tremendous amount of attention on Randall and Beth’s storyline. There will be an answer there in terms of the long-term health of their relationship,” Fogelman said. “We have all of our storylines building to that in the last episode. It’s kind of gigantic. The last five minutes of the episode are sprawling.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 24: Actor Chrissy Metz attends The Paley Center for Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA 'This Is Us' at Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - MARCH 20: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the premiere of 'Breakthrough' at the Marcus Des Peres Cinema on March 20, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Fernando Leon/Getty Images for 21st Century FOX and Breakthrough movie)
NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 14: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 'Breakthrough' VIP Reception at Table 3 on March 14, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for 20th Century Fox)
Actor Chrissy Metz from the NBC series "This is us" poses at the NBCUniversal UpFront presentation in New York City, New York, U.S., May 14, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Segar
STUDIO CITY, CA - JUNE 14: Actress Chrissy Metz visits 'The IMDb Show' on June 14, 2018 in Studio City, California. This episode of 'The IMDb Show' airs on June 28, 2018. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Actress Chrissy Metz is seen walking in midtown on July 17, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Actress Chrissy Metz signs copies of her new book 'This Is Me' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on April 8, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 31: Chrissy Metz poses during a signing book event of her new book 'This Is Me: Loving The Person You Are Today' at Barnes & Noble Colonial Plaza on March 31, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Actress Chrissy Metz attends This Is Me book tour while promoting her memoir This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actress Chrissy Metz speaks at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Glamour)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Chrissy Metz attends the Glamour Celebrates 2016 Women Of The Year Awards - Arrivals at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 21: Chrissy Metz arrives at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 21, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Chrissy Metz attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Actress Chrissy Metz arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and InStyle celebrate the 2017 Golden Globe Award Season at Catch LA on November 10, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: (L-R) Actress Chrissy Metz, comedian Erin Gibson, Founder & Executive Director Safe Hands for Girls, Jaha Dukureh, and Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad pose backstage at Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 LIVE Summit at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for Glamour)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Chrissy Metz arrives at the 18th Annual AFI Awards on January 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Chrissy Metz attends the NBC and Vanity Fair Toast the 2016-2017 TV Season, in Hollywood, California, on November 2, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz attends Entertainment Weekly's Popfest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Actors Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley pose backstage during the 'This Is Us' panel at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz speaks onstage during the 'This Is Us' panel at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest at The Reef on October 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Actress Chrissy Metz attends the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation 'A Time For Heroes' family festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation )
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actress Chrissy Metz attends NYLON Nights Los Angeles, in celebration of the October It Girl issue hosted by cover star Tinashe, at Doheny Room on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON)
THS IS US -- 'Pilgrim Rick' Episode 108 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Chrissy Metz visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood on September 30, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 13: Actor Tahj Mowry (L) and actress Chrissy Metz attend NYLON Nights Los Angeles, in celebration of the October It Girl issue hosted by cover star Tinashe, at Doheny Room on October 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Getty Images for NYLON)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chrissy Metz as Kate, Chris Sullivan as Toby -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: Actors Chrissy Metz (L) and Kendrick Sampson pose for portrait at her 36th Birthday Party at The Study on September 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: Chrissy Metz as Kate -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: Chrissy Metz visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 21, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Chrissy Metz promotes her book 'This is Me' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on March 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Actress Chrissy Metz attends This Is Me book tour while promoting her memoir This Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on March 26, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
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Although Fogelman remained tight-lipped on exact details of the Season 3 finale, he did say that the flash-forward scene will “be a big part of” the season finale. The scene, first introduced in Season 2 and expanded during the current one, showed an older Randall and his family gearing up to visit his mother Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore.

The cast and creator also talked about what’s in store for Season 4. Fogelman said that Rebecca’s father will “be a prominent part of the show.” The character hasn’t appeared yet on the series, and it’s unknown who will be cast in the part.

Fogelman also told the crowd that he’s already written the premiere for the next season, as well as parts of future material.

“Our world’s going to expand a little bit in a really interesting way. I think where we’re starting the season is as ambitious as we’ve been, kind of like storytelling way,” he said. “We have a plan; we’re at the midpoint. We know where we’re going, we know what we’re doing. I’m more excited about the back half of the plan than the front half.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Mandy Moore attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 24: Actor Mandy Moore attends The Paley Center for Media's 2019 PaleyFest LA 'This Is Us' at Dolby Theatre on March 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 08: Actress Mandy Moore visits Hallmark's 'Home & Family' at Universal Studios Hollywood on March 08, 2019 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Mandy Moore arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association And InStyle Celebrate The 75th Anniversary Of The Golden Globe Awards at Catch LA on November 15, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Mandy Moore arrives at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the Artists Awards 2017 on November 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Mandy Moore visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on November 9, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actress Mandy Moore (L) and actor Milo Ventimiglia arrive at NBCUniversal's Press Junket at Beauty & Essex on November 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Mandy Moore and Chrissy Metz arrive at The Rape Foundation's Annual Brunch at a private residence on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mandy Moore attends the 'This Is Us' FYC screening and panel at The Cinerama Dome on June 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mandy Moore, shoe detail, attends the 'This Is Us' FYC screening and panel at The Cinerama Dome on June 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07: Actress Mandy Moore attends the 'This Is Us' FYC screening and panel at The Cinerama Dome on June 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Mandy Moore attends Prada Presents 'Past Forward' by David O. Russell premiere at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel on November 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 15: Mandy Moore and Matthew Broderick chat with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Tuesday, November 15, 2016 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Mandy Moore attends the Holiday Of The Heart Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on November 7, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Actress Mandy Moore attends the NBC and Vanity Fair toast to the 2016-2017 TV season at NeueHouse Hollywood on November 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Mandy Moore arrives at the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 15, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Mandy Moore arrives at the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 15, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: (l-r) Milo Ventimiglia as Jack, Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Best Washing Machine in the Whole World ' Episode 107 -- Pictured: Mandy Moore as Rebecca -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Nile Rodgers and Mandy Moore -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Actress Mandy Moore is seen on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Patricia Schlein/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Singer/ actress Mandy Moore attends the Hearst launch of HearstLive, a multimedia news installation, at Hearst Tower on September 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Eisman/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Anchors Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford with Mandy Moore on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Mandy Moore arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Mandy Moore attends The screening of NBC 'This Is Us' at The Tenth Annual PaleyFest Fall TV Previews presented by The Paley Center For Media, in Beverly Hills, California, on September 13, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0530 -- Pictured: Actress Mandy Moore during an interview on September 9, 2016 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THIS IS US -- 'The Game Plan' Episode 105 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 04: Actress Mandy Moore arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on August 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
THIS IS US -- 'The Pool' Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Lonnie Chavis as 8 year old Randall -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 02: Mandy Moore attends the 2016 Summer TCA Tour - NBCUniversal Press Tour on August 2, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 26: Actress Mandy Moore arrives for The Red Nose Day Special On NBC at Alfred Hitchcock Theater at Universal Studios on May 26, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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During a lighthearted segment of the panel, where each panelist had to pick from either truth, dare, or eating chocolate with ranch (a reference to a Season 3 episode), Hartley offered a succinct yet vague summary of Season 4: “Everyone is not okay.”

Metz, whose character’s baby was born premature this season, discussed how fans’ reactions to her storyline represented the real impact of “This Is Us” in shedding light on important issues.

“Just the outpouring of pictures and stories from all of these parents who have these thriving children who were born at 1 or 2 pounds, it’s like, ‘This is why we get to do what we do, because people are relating to it, people are changed by it,” she said. “It’s like, ‘I get to be a part of that?’ It’s banana pants.”

“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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