Younger Thad Death

Younger's Sutton Foster Breaks Down That Thad Scene: 'It Was a Shocker'

Given its level of sheer insanity, no one would blame you for needing to watch the final scene of last Wednesday’s Younger more than once. In fact, even star Sutton Foster admits to TVLine that she replayed it “about five times.”

“It was a shocker,” Foster says of the moment Kelsey’s fiancé Thad (played by Dan Amboyer) was crushed by fallen scaffolding. “[Creator Darren Star] gave me the episode a few weeks ago to watch; I was in the scene, but I didn’t totally know how it was going to play out.”

As for Liza’s visceral, haunting reaction to her new nemesis’ demise — a story which will continue to play out during Wednesday’s season finale (TV Land, 10/9c) — Foster says she was “just imagining what the horror of it would be. They also had an air cannon that they blew at me to capture the moment of something knocking you backwards.”

“They kept the last two scripts incredibly hush-hush,” Foster adds. “No one read the scripts until the day of the table read. We’d known for about a week that Thad was going to die, but we didn’t know how. … The whole writing staff, especially Darren, wanted to keep things as close to the vest as possible.”

And if you think this nightmare of a scene didn’t affect Foster in real life, well…

“I was heading to a dentist appointment recently,” she recalls, “and you know how when they’re doing construction, they have those sort-of sidewalk tunnels you have to walk through? I hate those things so much, and I had a moment where I was like, ‘I’m not going in there.’ So I crossed the street and walked away. I’m definitely more aware of that stuff, because it’s a real thing we take for granted. It’s all just happening above our heads.”

Be honest: How many times did you go back and re-watch the big Thad scene? Drop a comment with your confession, along with your hopes for Wednesday’s season finale, below.

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  1. thisismenow says:

    The death scene was surprisingly well done. I expected to cut away sooner than they did and to do more off screen. It was impressive.

  2. This sounds horrible but I busted a gut laughing at the scene. His was such a pompous @!$ that I could not help but cheer him gone.

  3. maltru says:

    It reminded me of SATC when Kristen Johnston’s heel broke and she fell out a window after screaming at everyone at the party how New York was over and no one is fun anymore. “Im so bored, I could die” and then out the window she goes.

    • MJ says:

      I had completely forgotten about that. This does remind me of that.

    • Joe says:

      Yesssssssss. That was the best episode

    • Mike M says:

      It reminded me of a certain plane falling out of the sky in a certain AMC drama. It was very well done, though if you look closely there were two or three much smaller pieces of girder or something that also fell at the edge of screen, and they made no noise landing. But credit due I only know because I watched it like five times lol.

  4. nomasir says:

    I thought it was extremely lazy writing, actually. If he’d walked away smugly and just happened to cross paths with a bus, that would have been a little lazy still, but at least more plausible. I really love this show and I’ll move past it, but I hate lazy plots.

  5. Suze says:

    I love the writing team who gives us tight, well-crafted scripts each episode. I must say that, because of the continuing humorous subtext about “be wary of things that come from the sky” (a war cry of the sci-fi fans of the book series), I found myself shamelessly laughing when rebar actually DID fall from the shy. It was good craft and if I didn’t already love the show, this would have sealed the deal!

  6. Claire Cartwright says:

    Love this show!!! At least twice but probably more… all the actors. Keep it going, Please!!!