This Is Us Season 5 Spoilers: Toby And Kate Hit Hard, Compounded Issues And Role Reversal Affect Marriage?

This Is Us season 5 spoilers reveal that Toby Damon (Chris Sullivan) and Kate Pearson Damon (Chrissy Metz) will hit another rough patch. Toby recently lost his job and he could be unemployed for a while. Adopting a new baby, the job loss, and a change in the family dynamics could hit their marriage hard. Will the couple survive this latest hurdle?

This Is Us Spoilers: Toby Damon’s Job Loss

This Is Us season 5 spoilers reveal that Toby recently lost his job. When he told Kate the news, she assured him that they would be just fine. However, the director and one of the producers teased that multiple issues happening all at once might test the couple’s relationship. We know that Toby has a history of depression and Toby’s career was his pride. So, not being able to provide for his family will already weigh heavily on him. Then, the pandemic will make it even harder to find work. As time goes on, Toby’s emotional state could get worse.

Adopting New Baby

In addition to the loss in income, Toby and Kate just welcomed their adopted daughter to the world. It is probably the worst time for Toby to lose his job. Plus, they will be dealing with the changes that happen when there is a newborn added to the family.

This Is Us Season 5 Spoilers: Role Reversal

Speaking to Glamour, co-executive producer Julia Brownell teased that Toby and Kate would go through a role reversal. So, it sounds like dad is going to have to take over the parenting duties while Kate is the breadwinner. As fans recall, Kate is a natural mother. However, Toby struggled with parenthood.

“[Parenting] doesn’t come quite as easy for Toby. I think what we’re interested in exploring is, how does this family adapt when the structure of what their life looks like changes? We’re really interested in looking at what is it when one parent has to step up and the other one has to take on the full-time parenting role in a way they might not expect. I think especially in the last year with the pandemic, that’s something a lot of parents can relate to—taking on those roles more than they might have anticipated.”

Compounded Issues Affect Marriage?

This Is Us season 5 spoilers reveal that Toby and Kate could probably deal with just one major life change. However, to have everything happen at once will put a lot of pressure and stress on the marriage. Job loss, role reversal, adopting a baby, and the pandemic combined will really test the relationship. Director and actor Jon Huertas (Miguel Rivas) told Entertainment Weekly that the compounded issues are going to affect Toby emotionally. He reminded everyone that Toby has a history of depression, they have one baby already and now are bringing another one home. He also mentioned that they have a big house, suggesting they’ll struggle with serious financial problems. Will Toby and Kate be able to overcome yet another obstacle in their marriage? We will have to keep watching to find out. A new episode will air on NBC in March 2021.

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