The season 4 fall finale of This Is Us left us with so many questions. The one at the forefront of everyone's minds is about Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall's (Sterling K. Brown) relationship. The two brothers have always had a rocky relationship, but they were doing so well this season, we almost forgot.
Fans are speculating various ideas as to why the brothers are fighting. One of the ideas is more plausible than the others, according to showrunner Dan Fogelman. Let's take a look at all three, now.
Does Randall and Kevin's fight have to do with Randall's daughter, Tess?
In the episode on November 19, 2019, Tess (Eris Baker) is having an internal conflict regarding coming out to her friends from school that she is gay. Kevin helps her through the struggle, and she eventually tells her friends via an Instagram post.
A few fans theorize that something is happening after she tells her friends, and Randall blames Kevin for her heartache.
"Maybe upset because of Kevin and Tess's bond," wrote one fan on Reddit, "and with him helping her come out to people."
In the fall finale, Randall seems happy to hear that Tess's friends took the news well. So, it seems too likely that this is what the falling out is over.
Two theories surrounding the fight involve Rebecca's deteriorating condition
Other fans surmise that the fight between Randall and Kevin stems from their mother, Rebecca, and her declining health. Some fans believe Kevin is upset because Randall didn't tell him sooner about her memory loss. Other viewers think it could be because Randall tries to force Rebecca to take a more aggressive treatment once she receives her diagnosis.
"I assume because he keeps Rebecca's memory issues and doctors visits a secret from the twins?" One user on Instagram said.
"And we'll see that argument later in a flashback montage," added another fan.
"I got pissed at Randall because he knew she had dementia and told them," wrote another viewer on Reddit.
"Or, it might be that Rebecca is not speaking to Randall," theorized a different fan, "if, after she is diagnosed, he pushes for a more aggressive approach than she is willing to take."
"That could be possible, too," responded one viewer. "I could just see Kevin being ticked out several months later and feeling betrayed by Randall since being the mom of all three of them, while Randall does seem to like to claim dibs."
"But I still feel so out of Randall's character," added another fan. “I feel like an argument you have when a parent is in that condition is really small compared to what is happening. I imagine a scenario where Randall did something so awful that they ban him from seeing Rebecca. "
Fans are upset about why Randall and Kevin aren't on speaking terms, nine months into the future. They seem to agree, however, that it has something to do with Rebecca's health and what happens to her in the coming months.
Producer, Dan Fogelman confirms one fan theory
While theories are running rampant regarding the falling out between Randall and Kevin, showrunner, Fogelman, at least narrowed it down for fans.
"One of them was the do-gooder who could do no wrong, and the other was the kind of charmer and someone to worry about a little bit," Fogelman told People about Randall and Kevin. “When suddenly something is going on with the lone remaining parent with whom they both have issues – and one of them has kept a secret, and there are other things coming into play – it would probably not be inconceivable that it could be a cause of them I'm not speaking a year from now. ”
While there may be other factors at work here, it seems like the many reasons the brothers aren't speaking is because of Randall keeping Rebecca's health issues a secret. We'll find out more when This Is Us returns to NBC on January 14, 2020.