Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers from the This Is Us Season 3 finale “Her.”
This Is Us viewers were put through the wringer during the emotional Season 3 finale of the NBC drama, but one of the biggest shockers came right at the end of the wide-ranging episode. When an elderly Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore) was shown bedridden and unable to speak in a future-set scene, viewers were surprised to see her late husband Jack’s estranged brother Nicky (Griffin Dunne) by her bedside and not her second husband, Miguel (Jon Huertas).
It’s no surprise that viewers were shocked to see Nicky by Rebecca’s side in the flash-forward scene, which implied that the disgraced Vietnam soldier replaced Miguel as an 80-something Rebecca’s primary companion and/or caregiver.
In an interview with TV Line, This Is Us producer Isaac Aptaker said that what happened to Miguel and where he is in the future is part of a longer-term mystery on This Is Us. But the executive producer added that the story of how Nicky reconnected with his long lost family will be addressed at the beginning of the upcoming fourth season of the NBC drama later this year.
“We are going to be exploring how Nicky goes from the man who said, ‘I can’t have you in my life right now. Please just leave me [alone] in [my] trailer out in the middle of nowhere’ into this person who is obviously connected enough to the family in the future to have this very special place by Rebecca’s bedside. So that is going to be more immediate for us.”
But in an even more surprising statement, This Is Us producer Elizabeth Berger didn’t rule out the possibility that future Rebecca and Nicky’s relationship is not platonic, but instead romantic.
“We can’t [say] at this time,” the This Is Us producer said when asked of a possible romance between Jack Pearson’s brother and his widow.
It’s no surprise that This Is Us fans are freaking out as they wonder if Miguel got “Migueled” by Nicky Pearson. You can see some of the social media reaction to the surprising This Is Us twist below.
Wait...so where is Miguel? What is Nicky doing there?! I have sooo many questions! #ThisIsUs— M I N N I E (@TheMinnieBar) April 3, 2019
Nicky is there, but where is Miguel? Already dead? Does she move to Jack's brother after his best friend. What the actual-- ?#ThisIsUs— Amanda Johnson (@ama_ro_jo) April 3, 2019
WHERE TF IS MY OLD MAN MIGUEL?!?!?! I’m hoping Nicky is just a good friend and Miguel passed peacefully #ThisIsUs— I would prefer not to (@twelve_fiftyone) April 3, 2019
So no Miguel, just Nicky....Interesting. Good to know Uncle Nicky is in the family in the future. #ThisIsUs— Sharon Bueno ???? (@ohiometgirl31) April 3, 2019
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman addressed the shocking finale twist and the unanswered questions that will leave viewers hanging until the show returns later this year. Fogelman promised that viewers will soon learn the full story of how Jack Pearson’s brother eventually became what appears to be a close companion of his widow Rebecca. The This Is Us showrunner said that all of the questions will be answered about how Nicky got to be at Rebecca’s bedside as the surprising storyline plays out in the show’s upcoming fourth season.
As for the fate of Jon Huertas’ Miguel, the This Is Us showrunner was not as forthcoming when asked about the fate of Jack Pearson’s best friend who went on to marry his widow Rebecca. Fogelman did offer up a cheeky possible explanation as to why Miguel may not have been at an ailing Rebecca’s bedside, but then admitted he’s not at liberty to give any further details on the Season 3 finale scene that has This Is Us fans going crazy with theories.
“He’s somebody that you’re not seeing at the house and at the bed,” Fogelman said of Miguel. “Could it be that he’s just stuck in traffic? What is going on? It’s a very good question that I can’t give an answer for.”
You can see the shocking final moments of the This Is Us Season 3 finale below.
This Is Us returns this fall on NBC.