If you were already anxiously awaiting the return of the Pearson clan, then Mandy Moore’s hints about the new season of This Is Us are going to have you wishing summer was already over.

Speaking at a recent panel, Moore explained that This Is Us season four would be focusing on the beginning of Jack and Rebecca’s relationship. While the third season spent a good amount of time on the couple’s first date and impromptu road trip, there is clearly a great deal of history to cover before the arrival of the Big Three, including plenty of shocking twists.

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“There is a big surprise in that first episode that people are not going to see coming. We get to live back in Jack and Rebecca’s early ’70s days after they come back to Pittsburgh from their road trip in California… It’s the land of hats and fun ’70s jewelry,” Moore told the crowd at the Popsugar panel.

Make sure you break out that tissue box when the show returns as there are still plenty of tear-jerking moments ahead, Moore promised. “I’ve learned that family can look any which way you want it to. I’ve learned a kind of strength and resilience I didn’t know was possible,” she said. “I’ve learned that grief can take any form. There’s a treasure trove of life advice packed into each episode, and I feel so lucky that we get to live out these experiences and these stories.”

Season four of This Is Us premieres Sep. 24 on NBC.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Mandy Moore via Instagram

 

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