When This Is Us season 2 episode 11 airs on NBC in the new year, we are likely going to see the immediate aftermath of the fall finale cliffhangers. One of the biggest ones at the moment is tied to the character of Kevin Pearson — and for good reason.
Through much of the first half of season 2 we’ve seen Justin Hartley’s character in the midst of what is a difficult, traumatic downward spiral. At the end of it we saw his drinking and his pill addiction lead to him hitting rock bottom — he got arrested for a DUI while his niece was secretly sitting in the back of the car. He now faces jail time, humiliation, and a severed relationship with his brother Randall.
While being in prison is a terrible thing for everyone, we do have to wonder one thing for Kevin: Does he feel as though he deserves it? Does he want to see himself suffer? There is an interesting case for it since for most of this season, all he’s wanted is to be treated like everyone else and for everyone to take off the blinders to him as some great, special human being. When he went back to his old high school, everyone treated him like a god. They were willing to provide him with everything from booze to adoration to constant attention — they didn’t want to see some of the problems he had because they were so mesmerized with Kevin the Hollywood star.
Now, what you have to wonder is if the legal system is going to treat him the same way. One of the things that often happens with actors entering the legal system is rather simple: They’re often treated differently. If Kevin gets just a slap on the wrist as a result of this arrest, does this do him more harm than good? If he just gets community service or some other egregiously small sentence, how much trauma could this cause him? Kevin needs a wake-up call. In order to make that happen, there are two things that need to happen:
1. He needs someone who he can be honest with and rely on, both during good days and bad.
2. He needs someone to tell him straight to his face that he is ruining his entire life and completely ignore his fame. Someone needs to yank the blinders off and throw them in the nearest garbage bin.
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