One of the most shocking revelations that came from the This is us The finale of season four is that the charming Kevin Pearson is becoming a baby-doll today – make that doll, because he has a twin! We’ve known for a while that Kevin is a father in the future, but the show finally lets the issue sink into the current timeline. The mother is not Sophie or Cassidy. It’s Kate’s friend Madison, who is practically a stranger to him at this point. In a recent flash forward, Kevin mentions that his fiancée has morning sickness. After the finale, it is only confirmed that Madison fiancée is said to be, like the mother of his children in the later flash-forward, where Rebecca is seriously ill. While Madison doesn’t like Kevin’s big love right now, that’s the reason why I root for this unlikely couple to work out.
Clearly, the two most important contributors to Kevin’s heart are Sophie and Cassidy. For four seasons, This is us toys with the idea of Kevin and Sophie. They married young, divorced young, and eventually got back together. But again, they are broken up, and now Sophie is engaged to another man. While sharing history, their relationship has never succeeded in being functional, only anchored by the idea of first love. Initially, the male son, Kevin, has grown up except Sophie. He thrives in his career. He is sober. He is there for his mother. For now, he and Sophie are on different golf courses. Then there is Cassidy. The two share a bond about their addiction and have attracted themselves. But as with Sophie, her timing is wrong because Cassidy puts her family first.
Kevin does indeed come from a great line of love stories, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have one with Madison. Kevin always beats himself above women he can’t date. With Madison, he can build something new. I’m not saying that This is us should reconsider Knocked Up, but maybe Madison is more than we give her credit. Like Kevin, she fought her share in the fight, mostly her bulimia. Sure, Madison initially seemed excited about Kate, but she’s proven to be a kind, trustworthy friend. As fans have pointed out, both Kevin and Madison share similar ways of coping, punishing meaningful behavior when they fall apart. They are kind of made for each other that way. Creator Dan Fogelman once jokingly said he had never let his wife Caitlin Thompson, who plays Madison, sleep with Justin Hartley (Kevin) on national TV. But it happened, so who knows where else this couple will go?
Even if Kevin isn’t sure about his relationship with Madison, he surely wants to have her children. He tells her that his children (children, because twins), will be his great love. There has always been buzz around Kevin’s romantic gestures, but we don’t talk much about how he is an excellent uncle for Randall’s children and a loving brother to Randall (minus her last tiff). In addition to being one of TV’s greatest romances, Jack is a warm and giving father. It is unsurprising that Kevin will also be a great father. At this point in Kevin’s development, it makes more sense to focus on this part of his identity rather than on his novels. Maybe Madison and Kevin will stay together for the kids and develop love from there – he wears a wedding in the future, in the future.
I have root for Team Madison as I watch these two characters grow together during this new lease on life. There is speculation that Kevin may not be the father of their babies or that they only choose to be older. But I hope so This is us will not pull another twist on us because, for one, I want to see where this ship takes us. After all, the adult Jack Jr. sings in the premiere about how a stranger ends when one is important to him. Maybe Madison is that stranger to Kevin.