This Is Us bosses break down Randall's "confrontation" scene

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This Is Us spoilers for season 5 follow.

This Is Us bosses Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker have spoken about the surprising scene which aired last month between Randall (Sterling K Brown) and his birth mother.

In the episode titled 'Birth Mother', Randall learned the truth about his late mum when he travelled to New Orleans.

Having previously believed that his mother Laurel died of a heroin overdose just after his birth, he found out that she actually passed away in 2015 from breast cancer.

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

Randall then went on to learn more about Laurel from her friend Hai, discovering that his mother would let go of her anxiety by swimming in a lake and screaming into the sky.

And at the end of the episode Randall went to a lake and tried out his mother's technique to release his pain, causing a vision of her to appear.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy about the moment between Randall and his mother, Aptaker explained: "For so much of the series, we focused on Randall’s relationship with his birth father, and now we have this origin story that we were really, really excited about.

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

"It felt overdue for him to start asking those questions about his mother, and him finally having that sort of... if you call it spiritual, if you call it a dream, whatever you want to call it – that cathartic confrontation with her at the lake, and finally hearing those words.

"It's just… that scene, Sterling [K Brown] just knocks your socks off, right?"

Berger went on to say that the scene was the mostly "overtly spiritual" the show has ever been, adding that she liked how it left things open to viewers' interpretations.

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Photo credit: NBC Universal

"Obviously, it's more overtly spiritual, I would say, than we have ever gone as a series," she said. "But it felt right to us in the moment.

"It felt right given the setting. It felt right given the journey that Randall's been on. And obviously, you could bring your own interpretation to what exactly happened in that lake. I think there's no one way to look at it.

"But we really felt like it was time to bring him face to face with his mother in some form," Berger added. "And we loved doing it this way that does leave it a little bit to your interpretation."

Berger and Aptaker have also worked together on the teen drama series Love, Victor – the spin-off show to acclaimed 2018 movie Love, Simon.

Love, Victor is available to stream on Disney+ now, while This Is Us airs on Tuesday nights on NBC in the US, and Amazon Prime Video carries the show in the UK.

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