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If you're wondering where I'm pulling this from, consider how the episode "Super Bowl Sunday" (yes, the one where we learn how Jack dies) ended. There's a flashforward where we see Randall (Sterling K. Brown) meeting up with the now 20-something Tess (Iantha Richardson) at her office. It's a sweet moment — but it's a little odd that Beth is missing, no?
It's also a little odd that we never see Randall's hands, which would indicate if he was wearing a wedding ring or not. While it's possible Randall would wear a wedding ring after Beth's death, it's also possible that he would take it off if enough time has passed, and if he wants to pursue dating. In a photo Brown posted to Instagram, Randall's hands are also suspiciously MIA.
Let's go back to Beth's father for a second. When William comes to live with the Pearsons, Beth brings up her father's death quite often. (Talk of Beth's dad even leads to a cute, marijuana-related bonding moment between Beth and William.) We never see Beth's father in flashbacks, but what if this is actually an Easter egg for what's to come? Perhaps Beth is genetically predisposed to the type of cancer which killed her father — it could ultimately be what takes her own life.
Of course, the real reason Beth could die is because This Is Us won't let us have nice things for very long. Anyone want to add their signature to my strongly-worded letter to NBC?