A Million Little Things finale: Is PJ Patrick; will Chandler Riggs return?

PJAt the conclusion of the A Million Little Things finale, we learned more than just a little about Jon, about Barbara Morgan, and about … well, almost everything. Perhaps the most important thing that we learned moving forward to the future, though, revolves around Patrick.

As it turns out, Patrick John is really PJ, meaning that there is a pretty good opportunity for Chandler Riggs to stick around as a major part of the second season. We’ve come to know a little bit about this character, but learning that he is the son of Barbara and Dave (who died on September 11) adds so much emotional upheaval to the story. Mitch finds himself harboring this big secret, and with this secret, of course, comes heavy guilt. All Mitch wanted was to be good for PJ but in doing this, he’s also setting up more pain down the line.

Ultimately, it does seem like PJ’s paternity could be a subject of conversation as the story moves along. Just take a look at what executive producer DJ Nash had to say on the subject via The Hollywood Reporter:

I’d love it to be a big part of the season. Barbara asked Mitch, her boyfriend at the time, fiancee, to lie to their son. Instead of saying that Mitch adopted him, the pain of losing Dave for Barbara was so much that she doesn’t want her son to grow up under the cloud of that, so she has rewritten that story. And for Mitch, if the first move with your son is to lie to him, that’s really hard. Initially in the episode when you see Mitch be either aggressive or potentially violent, you wonder what’s that story, but really it’s a dad who is heartbroken at the idea that this secret he’s kept may get out. What we will see over the course of season two is that relationship, and how do you deal with the discovery that the person you thought was your dad may not be your dad.

We know that there are a lot of primetime dramas out there that would probably try to blow this story outward to be somehow bigger than this and something with a million little twists (yea, we did that intentionally) shooting out in all directions. We hope that A Million Little Things doesn’t do that here, given that what is so interesting at the moment is the simplicity of it all. We can draw a straight line in terms of understanding what transpired with Jon and how Barbara and Mitch got to this point. We don’t have to deal with many secrets here anymore, at least on our end; instead, we can focus on aftermath and whatever sort of secrets the writers decide to throw our way down the road.

With every season comes a reinvention, and clearly, this is a mantra that the writers are heeding to as we move into the second season. There is no guarantee Riggs will have a major role just yet in season, but we’re crossing our fingers.

When could A Million Little Things season 2 premiere?

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Do you want to see more of PJ on A Million Little Things season 2, and what did you think about the finale? Be sure to share now in the comments. (Photo: ABC.)

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