The end of Katby. What We are celebrated its 100th episode on television, took viewers into the future while spending the hour primarily on the conclusion of Kate and Toby’s marriage.
“Shooting this episode made me physically sick, which I think means we put our all into it…but maybe sometimes our all isn’t enough.” Chrissy Metz – who plays Kate Pearson on the NBC drama – wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, April 12, along with promotional images.
After weeks of speculation, Tuesday’s episode focused on the dissolution of Kate’s marriage to Toby (played by Chris Sullivan) and her eventual romance with Phillip (played by chris geere).
“I know you’re getting married in a few hours, congratulations. I just wanted to say, Kate, you know what you said to me the day we signed our divorce papers,” Toby admitted to Kate during an emotional phone call before her second wedding. “I want you to know that I see it now. Sorry it took me so long. If only I had a crystal ball. If only I could have seen how this all ended.”
The episode bounced back and forth between the present and the future to wrap up Katoby’s story, including a shocking final scene in which the two parents attended their son Jack’s anticipated concert with their new love interests.
“It’s a lot like real relationships, whether they’re platonic or romantic. There is so much accumulation and women process things differently than men,” said Metz, 41. entertainment weekly after the episode aired. “Kate has processed so much that Toby didn’t make it to the end, and in my own relationships, it usually seems that way. … He feels that way with Kate and Toby. She had been feeling this for so long, and they had been trying and trying to save it, fix it, and put it back together. It’s not easy when you love the person, but you know you’re not supposed to be with them anymore.”
She added: “That’s the hardest part because it’s very bittersweet because there’s no real anger. If we have exhausted all efforts, what else can you do? But to have those processes as individuals, and finally come to a head in mediation and divorce, is almost a relief, in a way. It’s incredibly sad, but it’s been a long time coming.”
Sullivan, for her part, echoed her former scene partner’s sentiments when discussing the emotional toll of filming Kate and Toby’s breakup.
“We spent six seasons trying to build this. But ironically, that’s what real life feels like. You spend all this time and energy trying to build something that works and it just seems like all of a sudden things fall apart.” knickknack alum, 41, said the hollywood reporter. “So it’s a bummer of a way out. But it’s the part of the human relationship that Chrissy and I are tasked with communicating to the audience.”
He added, “Filming was exhausting. The number of timelines and the level of different emotions that we had to travel through. By the time we finished, he was exhausted.”
While Tuesday’s episode featured Metz’s first appearance in a flash-forward, she previously told us weekly that I was hoping to be able to film in the futuristic timeline.
“I know I have different wigs for different times, but I don’t know if they will really end me at a particular age or what will happen,” the Florida native exclusively said. Us in January. “So I’m not sure because sometimes it’s until the last moment. We’re like, ‘Ah, let’s change something.’ But I can’t wait. I would love to see Kate older or [in] prosthetic jon [Huertas] and mandy [Moore] going through three and a half hours of prosthetics, and I’m like, ‘I want to do that.
We are airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 pm ET.
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