This Is Us star Chrissy Metz spilled new details to Us Weekly regarding the flashback storyline of teenage Kate and her mysterious boyfriend Mark. The yet-to-be-explained twist to the character’s backstory appears to have impacted her personal choices as she moved into adulthood.
Chrissy said to Us Weekly that Mark’s impact in Kate’s life continues.
“It’s very clear something traumatic happened. So we’re going to get to see that, how she’s affected and how that is, of course, taken into her adulthood.”
“There’s nothing that can be separated from anything. Whether we believe it or we see it or not, it absolutely impacts every choice. Every experience shapes the next. Everybody’s traumas, they touch and change different parts of us. Jack was the first man she ever really trusted and loved, and it was her father. I think she’s looking for that, constantly, and maybe Mark’s not the guy that she can love and trust,” she explained.
During the show’s October 22 episode, Kate’s secret boyfriend Mark unexpectedly appeared, uninvited at her doorstep, on the same evening the family was celebrating the unexpected marriage of a teenage Kevin to his high school girlfriend Sophie.
In the flashback scenes, Hannah Zeile portrays the role of young Kate. She posted a photo of herself in character alongside actor Austin Abrams, who plays Mark, to Twitter.
It appears that Mark’s introduction to the show is not a one-off storyline. Rather, the addition of Mark to Kate’s backstory will add more depth and color to the character, allowing fans to understand how his actions toward her influence all her relationships, including her marriage to Toby.
Kate and Toby are currently working through their challenges as parents to son Jack, who is blind, by dealing with their anxiety in different ways. Toby is using exercise, while Kate is stress eating. Moving forward, fans will likely see the twosome explore further challenges as parents and partners as the season progresses.
This Is Us Executive Producer Dan Fogelman has teased “restarts” for Kate, Toby, and the other main characters throughout this season, per Entertainment Weekly.
TV Insider also reported Fogelman said fans will get some answers to their lingering questions about the clan as the first half of Season 3 comes to a close. The writers will continue to flesh out the family’s story weekly by filling in all the little details pertinent to creating what will be the concluding episodes of the series, occurring in Season 6.
A new episode of This Is Us airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST on NBC.