6 things you need to know before This is Us season 6

THIS IS US -- "Clouds" Episode 415 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- "Clouds" Episode 415 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC) /
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THIS IS US — “I’ve Got This” Episode 510 — Pictured in this screengrab: (l-r) Lyric Ross as Deja, Asante Blackk as Malik, Faithe Herman as Annie, Susan Kelechi Watson as Beth, Eris Baker as Tess, Phylicia Rashad as Carol, Sterling K. Brown as Randall — (Photo by: NBC) /

This is Us season 6: Randall’s professional career is thriving

Being an adopted son, the writers have explored a lot of different elements with Randall’s character evolution. Take away the race elements that have been understandably in the forefront of his arc throughout the last couple of seasons — Randall is so much more than just a Black adopted son in a white family. Throughout last season, audiences saw Randall learn more about his mother than ever imagined when he found out she survived much longer than William believed and went on to live a relatively happy life without knowing her former lover and son were very much alive and living in Pennsylvania. The season ended with Randall’s career taking a big leap forward following a high-level piece in the New Yorker, but his home life is what looked to be the focus when the fifth season came to a close this past spring.

While his wife, who is too good for Randall lets be honest, has gladly put up with Randall’s family showing up at random times throughout the year, Beth finally set up a healthy boundary in saying her mom (played by Phylicia Rashad) will be staying with them to help out around the house while Randall’s time is naturally becoming more and more about his political career. This was the plan for This is Us season 6, but we will see if her recent tweets defending Bill Cosby will impact her role at all. This is also the perfect time to state that every character has received their own episode that is centrally about them, except one person…Annie Pearson. Give the audience what they want and give us an Annie-centric episode before the season ends!