'This Is Us' Showunners Reveal Where Season 3 Will Pick Up And What To Expect For The Pearsons

Victoria Miller

This Is Us will have a bit of a time jump when it picks up for its third season—and a major jump back in time. During a panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour, the showrunners of the NBC drama revealed where the show will pick up and where it will be headed throughout Season 3.

The second season of This Is Us predominantly focused on the heartbreaking mystery surrounding Jack's Pearson's (Milo Ventimiglia) premature death in 1998. For Season 3, co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger revealed the family's story will move past the tragedy of their patriarch's death with a focus on the clan's early beginnings and even a peek at the future.

"We pick up on our Big Three's [38th] birthday," Aptaker said of the show's present-day storyline, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While cliffhangers on the Season 3 finale included a look at Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley) headed to Vietnam with new girlfriend Zoe (Melanie Liburd) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) in a future depressed state, the This Is Us executive producer revealed the Season 3 storylines "are going to catch up to all of those moments over the course of this year."

Aptaker also teased that flashbacks to Jack Pearson's service in Vietnam will be a major storyline in Season 3.

"We are going to be spending a lot of time in Vietnam. We hired Tim O'Brien, who is one of the premier novelists and a veteran himself, to come consult in our writers' room because most of us were not actually alive during Vietnam. We wanted that authority there to really get the story right. He's actually co-writing, with Dan Fogelman, an early episode that really dives into Jack's history there."

"Our first episode back is our past storyline which is basically the first date, the first night following their meeting that Jack and Rebecca ever have together. We're really into early, early Jack and Rebecca incarnations, origin story."

This Is Us returns Sept. 25 on NBC.