The Fosters Spoilers

The Fosters' Maia Mitchell Previews 'Dangerous' Finale, Callie's 'Rage'

The Fosters are in mourning, and they’re expressing their grief in radically divergent ways.

In the aftermath of Jack’s shocking death, “everyone responds very differently” to the loss of Jude’s friend, star Maia Mitchell previews. While Callie gets mad at the world, her brother takes a spiritual approach to understanding his pal’s untimely demise.

It all leads up to “probably the most dramatic” season ender yet for the Freeform drama (airing Monday at 8/7c), the actress teases. “[It’s] the most scary, dangerous and unpredictable [cliffhanger].”

Below, Mitchell surveys the state of the Callie/Brandon/AJ love triangle and promises an explosive moment with Callie’s shady mentor Justina.

TVLINE | How does the family deal with Jack’s death?
Obviously, it hits much harder for Callie and Jude and the moms. Callie [has] just pure anger and hatred for the system. It’s the end of her tether, and she really finds this new self-motivated rage that opens her eyes to what she’s been involved in and what she’s endorsing, [which] maybe isn’t potentially what is best for children like Jack.

Jude begins a spiritual journey a little bit and considers what happens after death. [He] is much more reflective and internally sad, whereas Callie is gung-ho about it. The moms [are] quite interested in how Pearson got another kid in the first place, and they discover that it was through privatization. So their main concern is for Callie and what she’s endorsing and that she really understands the full weight of what she’s publicly reforming. It’s the catalyst for a lot of change.

TVLINE | Callie had some moments of contemplation about her relationship with Brandon during R&J. What has she learned from that experience with him?
I go back and forth myself, personally, with Callie and Brandon all the time… She’s definitely reflecting and sad and grieving and proud of him. I don’t think it’s going to change their course of action. They both know what has to happen, and they’re on the right track with it. It’s just that they will have moments where stuff happens [like in] the garage. It’s bound to happen. But they both know what the priority is.

TVLINE | In the season finale, where is Callie’s heart at? Is she moving forward with AJ?
Yeah, you see her really try to mend that relationship, but that’s not fully resolved. We’re going to have to wait until Season 4 for that one.

TVLINE | Will the finale give viewers some resolution as to Justina’s true intentions, whether we should see her as a good or bad person?
Yes, you will have full closure.

TVLINE | That’s been such a mysterious storyline. What’s been your reaction to it?
Kelli [Williams] plays Justina so perfectly. She’s so awesome. I love working with her because [Justina is] so manipulative, and I think the character really does think that she’s doing the right thing. But it’s just so twisted and under the surface and manipulative. Because if it was overt, Callie would be onto it… You’re definitely going to see all of those moments culminate and explode in the finale and see Callie quite sassy. [Laughs]

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21 Comments
  1. John Davis says:

    This show is so good. Can’t wait!

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    So sick and tired of Callie and her whining. It’s always poor, poor Callie. Can’t she just be happy about something, anything, ugh. And what happened to the twins Dad??? That story arc is way more interesting.

  3. Pamela says:

    I stopped watching this show mid season 2. it went from a semi realistic show to just another soap opera.

    • Annie says:

      I’ll agree that the show can get a bit soapy; usually when the focus is put too long on the teen romance stuff (and honestly, Brandon’s girlfriend plot lines are the literal worst. Omg.). But I watch for the stuff around that.

  4. S says:

    ”They both know what the priority is” Oh thank god, finally they might start to move on from this incest storyline which is filling the show and focus on something else. As much as ‘moving on’ is a long process it’s about time they closed this whole will they wont they thing with Brandon and Callie.

    Looking forward to see how Callie responds with the whole Justina situation though! It will be extremely interesting to see how it all pans out. Also looking forward to see how Stef and Lena will react to the situation with Jack as well.

    • Yvette says:

      It’s not incest. They are not blood related. I wish they would end up together. They are in love with each other. Relationships can happen at a high school level. The storyline itself is being played out for sure. But I do t think it’s a bad thing for the two to be together.

      • rebecca says:

        it’s creepy. the worst part of the show for me.

      • Megan says:

        +Yvette:Callie was still adopted by Stef and Lena so she can not be with Brandon because they are adopted siblings now. She can not be Brandon’s girlfriend and adoptive sister at the same time. Although techibcally in idywild Callie and Brandon did not do anything completely wrong because they thought Callie’s adoption would not go through. But still Callie can not have both Brandon as an adoptive brother and boyfriend at the same time plus Stef and Lena can not really do anything about it now because Callie was only being fostered then and she is adopted now so it is kind of too late for them to do anything about it now.

  5. Eddie says:

    Honestly, this show is one of the best on TV but it’s biggest problem is it really needs to figure out what it wants to do with Brandon and Callie. The back and forth is insane. I honestly feel like they don’t even know where they’re going with it. I mean, how do you have them sleep together the episode before she gets adopted? That’s ridiculous on so many levels. Like, what was that? And how does that make sense if you want them to be actual siblings? They now have SEX BETWEEN THEM! Who wrote that? Who cosigned on that? How did that get passed so many people? Brandon and Callie having sex didn’t do the adoption any favours and if it was for the relationship, you’re not doing that any favours by having them become siblings. It’s a lose-lose and it’s honestly just a mess at this point. Ignoring them and moving on is just not an option. I’m sorry. They’ve kept it going for so long – SO FRIGGING LONG – done to them to death, for them to not end up together would waste a very large part of the show, a very large part of my time and if anyone were to look back on the show as a whole they would have spent an excessive amount of time on something with absolutely no purpose. All of this brallie love and brallie angst has to add up to something and that’s Brandon and Callie together or then what the hell was all of that?

    This show is lucky I see and love their dynamic and chemistry together. They honestly love each other. That’s a fact. They are based on complete trust, open communication & honesty. Consider each other to be best friends and their inability to let go of each other all adds up to why I think if they ever get the chance to be together, they’ll stay together. If soul mates exist. They’re each others soul mates. But the show really needs to figure which way they want to go and stick with it. They obviously seem to like their ‘Will they? Won’t they?’ but that was tiring by season one. And the fact that it’s still going as they are legal siblings makes it seem like the writers themselves don’t grasp the situation they put Brandon and Callie in. They’re beautiful together. I honestly love them together. They’re worth a chance. Just put them together and make this worth the drama.

    • Sam says:

      I find it interesting that you mentioned how long their on off relationship has been going on for because when you put it into perspective, take Brandon out of the equation for a minute and look the whole adoption of Callie, becoming apart of the family has been going on for the exact same amount of time if not longer. It was pretty clear from the first episode that she would end up part of the family at some point and if that were to be thrown away and wasted by them ending up together that would be the real waste. Callie has always chosen her family over a relationship. I agree with the whole them sleeping together and then being adopted was well, a shock so to speak. It really does make you think about how that happened and how it was approved but then shows these days love to throw around the shock factor and dangerous story lines.
      I honestly don’t see any chemistry between Brandon and Callie at all, it has always been very awkward and uncomfortable for me to watch them interact in that way on screen together. (In my opinion, I respect that you have your own and that’s totally fine. I just wanted to comment with my thoughts.)
      However it goes though, they really do need to bring this storyline or start to bring this storyline to a close, it really is all too much drama.

      • Eddie says:

        I totally agree and respect your opinion on the adoption and its true that her adoption has been running throughout the show. And if you think that the adoption was overdue, the same can be said about Brandon and Callie. And this can honestly just be in my opinion, and I in no represent any other brallie fan but they ran simultaneously and parallel throughout The Fosters. I think Callie being a part of the family early on would have been a much better way to handle all of this. But 3 seasons is a hell of a build up. And throughout that time they have spent just as much establishing her relationship and dynamic with the Adams Fosters as they did establishing her connection and relationship with Brandon. A connection that I actually really really like. (They’re kinda the only straight ship I’ve ever rooted for lol) The weight and connection they have is overlooked when people argue for the adoption over a ‘boyfriend’. I mean, this is a guy she trusts. She opened up to Brandon before anyone else. She continues to open up to Brandon and only Brandon. She only really ever talks about how she feels with Brandon (with Wyatt and AJ she’s never opening up. Where she pushes them away when something is wrong, she pushes Brandon closer) This is the guy that got Callie to say ‘I didn’t trust anybody until you showed me that I could’. This is the guy that helped her believe in herself with the Liam trial where she thanked him ‘for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself’. This is a guy that was her first time after Liam and she said “it wasn’t until you that I was able to be with someone the way that you’re supposed to. without that shame and the guilt’ This is the guy that AFTER HAVING SEX, got her to tell jude; that sex in porn is so aggressive and impersonal and it’s not like that with someone you love and trust (and then proceeded to look at Brandon). He literally changed her outlook on sex and above all else she didn’t have a panic attack cause the therapist said it had to be with someone she trusts – and who is that if not Brandon. (sorry, i invest a lot of time in them and I can quote them to death) but I’m sorry if you find that ‘awkward’ or they make you uncomfortable when I honestly feel thats just you feeling like they’re siblings and this shouldn’t be happening right now LOL and they should just be siblings for the GOOD OF EVERYTHING but THEY’RE ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL TO ME. I am so sorry if you don’t see the weight in their bond cause its been building and it deserves a chance :)

        • Doug says:

          Speaking only of Callie and Brandon’s relationship, I think the best outcome would be for them to move on and away from each other romantically. Sometimes this show gets things really wrong, and sometimes it gets things right. I think the sex right before the surprise news that the adoption would proceed is exactly what might’ve happened if this were people’s real lives. Young people are passionate, impulsive, and ignorant of consequences. These are not putdowns, these are just facts of life. Everyone is inexperienced when they are young, especially for those like Callie who didn’t have a single stable relationship (familial or otherwise) during her formative years. Hell, she’s still in her formative years. As I said, what Brandon and Callie did was exactly what teens might do in that emotionally charged situation.

          To me, this whole story arc is awkward and so drawn out for good reason. Imagine sleeping with a stepbrother or sister. You have to face the rest of your family everyday sitting across from your (to use the truest sense of the words) “guilty pleasure.” I don’t toss out their romantic feelings for each other or how it helped them both grow as people, especially for Callie, but it was wrong, they both recognize it, and I think they do regret it every time they try to get romantically involved with anyone else or have to deal with their family on an issue that’s close to what they’ve done together.

          Honestly, I don’t think it would be a waste of the viewers’ time to have them concretely end their romantic relationship. Brandon will go off to Juilliard or another college and the time apart will heal any heartbreak and allow them to healthily move on. If the writers decide to get them back together, there would be a lot of difficulties to get through, one of which might be to have child protective services remove Callie from the home. I don’t think even legal adoption would protect her from being removed if law enforcement deemed this relationship/household as unsafe. Also, this isn’t just about choosing family over boyfriend anymore. Callie is quickly becoming a public figure with a strong voice on the issue of foster care. Any change she hopes to inspire in the system would be thrown away if it were to get out she’s romantically involved with her stepbrother. And it could ruin both of her moms’ reputations as well, police officer and school administrator. The only way out might be if they waited until they were both 18 and out of their parents’ house, but even then, Callie would have no hope of changing the system and their parents might still be affected (probably no longer through termination, but lose access to upward career mobility).

          That said, it’s a fictional world and the writers and directors have had no qualms about editing out any consequences for other poor behavior that would surely have gotten one or both parents fired or one or more of the kids expelled. I just think it would be nice if the show used its power of “moral of the story” storytelling to tell the audience, especially younger ones, that love doesn’t always work out, at least not the first time (or first several times) and not always the way you’re expect.

          Your opinion is valid though (not that it needs my validation), and I greatly respect your passion for the characters. We’re both commenting on an article about it so the show must be doing something right. :)

          • s. bey says:

            I think what everyone fails to remember that Callie and Jude moved into the fosters house only a year ago. Let’s be honest with all the things she has been through it takes a while to feel like a foster family is family. Brandon and Callie were in love within the first months of knowing each other. I don’t know if any of y’all ever been in love but I’m sorry but those feelings don’t just magically go away because you want it to. What should have happened was Callie’s Biological father should have kept custody and that would have gave the show more of a well rounded storyline.

        • Sam says:

          I’m honestly a tad surprised by the such diverse views of the active audience. I mean there is clearly two very different sides with those who see and like them together and those who don’t. But that’s besides the point. Because like you said with Brandon and Callie establishing their ‘connection’ she is also seen doing the same with other members of the family – particularly in the earlier seasons with Stef but it’s done in a different way because the fact of the matter is bonds are different. Sure some kids and their parents act more like best friends but in a lot of cases they don’t. Callie has formed bonds with the family as well as Brandon. In season 2? I think it is, when Callie goes to Stef in the middle of the night to ask for help. That was a huge development for her considering the start of the show. In season 1, with Stef’s dads funeral. The scene there about her mom and not kissing her goodbye. That was another huge moment. I could list a whole lot more but you probably don’t want to sit here reading this for ages. [I’m not saying that Brandon and Callie don’t have some sort of bond, I simply wanted to point out that she has connections that are developed and still developing with other family members]

          Personally I feel like Callie hasn’t really had any romantic chemistry with any of the characters on the show. The closest person I got to nearly shipping her with was Wyatt. But I completely respect your opinion and understand how you see things differently from me and others. That is completely fine. Ship what you want to ship.

          However I also completely agree with Doug’s comment below. If they continue the show with the way they’ve set things up Brandon is likely to go off soon to college – likely to Juliard or another specialist music school. It’s unclear what Callie is going to do but I highly doubt she would follow him. Maybe things might pick up between them once they’re older but who knows. We’ll just all have to wait and see.

        • Yvette says:

          Totally agree. The trust and honesty is what makes their relationship and live so right. He has helped her and she has brought out the love and good in him. Good balance.

  6. Annie says:

    Oh goodness I just love this show. I was shocked when they killed Jack last week – and not shocked like when regular tv kills a character. The Fosters goes places where no other show does and in having a child become the victim of the system like that, it felt very weighty. It wasn’t for shock value or to serve the plot, it was about reality. Even now, a week later, the death has stuck with me. I haven’t stopped thinking about it.
    .

  7. Elleia says:

    Lamest show ever!

  8. Elleia says:

    Incredibly lame show.