This Is Us star says next season may "reflect" Black Lives Matter

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This Is Us is a show that doesn't shy away from dealing with real-life issues, receiving plenty of critical acclaim for doing so.

It has dealt with race before, with its multiracial family and Randall Pearson in particular. He has encountered micro-aggressions across his entire life and on his journey to becoming an elected politician.

When speaking to TVLine, Randall actor Sterling K Brown was asked if he thinks the show will use its characters to explore the current worldwide conversation about Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, police brutality and more.

In response, the actor stated: "I can say this. I've had conversations with Dan [Fogelman, showrunner] and the writers from our show, and I know that the world is necessarily going to impact the world of the Pearsons, right?

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"He doesn't want us to be too specific with regards to what we'll be seeing in season 5. There's thoughts that were percolating in the writers' room with regards to how and if to address the pandemic, right?

"And then over the past month/five weeks, there's been, you know, since Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and then George Floyd and others who went out before, right, there's now like, 'How do we address this, too?'

"And so they’re still — not knowing when we'll be going back [into production] — wanting to reserve this space to say, 'What else is there that's going to be transpiring in our world that we also may want to incorporate into our show?' So I know that everyone is paying attention, and that our intention is to reflect the world in which we live."

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He added: "I don't think our show is, say, The Good Fight in the way that [that show] directly takes on the trouble that happened. It is in the world, but our universe is our own, as well.

"So, it gives us the freedom to say what things do we want to lean into and what things do we not want to."

It's not the first time Brown has teased about what could happen in season 5, recently speaking about certain characters that he thinks should get more of a backstory.

This is Us airs on NBC in the US, and on Amazon Prime Video in the UK.

For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

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