This Is Us fans won’t have to wait long to find out the answer to Toby’s fate when the show returns on Tuesday -- but there are going to be unexpected shocks.
“I think people will be very surprised, maybe a little on edge,” Chrissy Metz told ET of the anticipated winter premiere following a This Is Us screening on Friday. “But also excited to see what the next step is going to be with everybody.”
“Right now, it’s about what’s going on with Toby. How and if can we fix what’s happened because at this point no one knows the diagnosis. All we know that he’s potentially flat-lined,” Metz told ET. “If anyone loses anyone, it’s absolutely devastating. Absolutely devastating.”
“There are going to be questions answered. You’ll have a little closure,” she promised.
This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman echoed Metz’s sentiments, revealing that fans will know what happened to Toby and his future several minutes into the return episode.
“There is a cold open with Milo [Ventimiglia, who plays Jack,] and Mandy [Moore, who plays Rebecca], and then the first thing back gives you basically an answer,” Fogelman told a small group of reporters, referencing the couple's upcoming 1970s “flashback” exploring their life early in their pregnancy.
“I didn’t want to drag it out and make it a miserable experience for everybody -- not only being scared about Toby but waiting to find out,” he explained. “It felt important. It’s answered in a few minutes.”
Fogelman described the aftermath of Toby’s shocking heart attack as being dramatic, but that almost seems to downplay the significance for the Pearson family.
“It’s intense,” he hinted to ET. “There’s a lot that’s been left in play, and so it’s one of those episodes -- all the storylines have these rotating things, so you’re popping around to all these different [storylines]. Milo and Mandy have an incredibly touching and strong storyline in the episode. The Toby and Kate thing is a big, intense story.”
Moore, meanwhile, admitted that she couldn’t get through the script without shedding a few tears.
“An episode of This Is Us is guaranteed to bring some sort of heartbreak and tears. It’s just the way it goes,” she recalled to ET. “Even just describing to my boyfriend [Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith] what happens in an episode, I was crying. He was like, ‘Are you OK?’ I was like, ‘Yes, it’s so moving!’”
As for what’s waiting for viewers come Tuesday, stock up on those Kleenex boxes!
“You should have some tissues ready,” Metz said. “And there are some unexpected scenes, stuff that nobody was really going to be ready to see.”
This Is Us returns Tuesday, Jan. 10 at a special time, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT, on NBC.