The Fosters Spoilers

Fosters EP: School Lockdown-Themed Hour Is Unfortunately Always Timely

The Fosters will depict an all-too-familiar scenario in Monday’s Season 4 premiere (Freeform, 8/7c) when a potential shooter puts the Anchor Beach campus on high alert.

The family drama’s writing team did exhaustive research in preparation for the harrowing episode, which finds Mariana fending for herself as the police search for her boyfriend and possible gunman Nick.

The storyline is especially timely as the country reels from last week’s Orlando nightclub massacre. But the frequency of mass shootings in America makes it an important issue to explore at any time, executive producer Bradley Bredeweg maintains in the following interview. Also in the Q&A, the EP previews the fallout of Callie’s big revelation, Mariana’s plight and more.

TVLINE | What are the characters dealing with during the school lockdown?
It’s a very scary situation for everyone, as well as our family. When we last left off, we saw Nick in the car right in front of the school, and he does walk onto campus. So it’s all hands on deck. It’s something no one wants to see, especially on a school campus. But, unfortunately, it is a reality in this day and age.

TVLINE | This episode was crafted a while ago, but, in light of recent events, has it taken on an added significance for you?
It really has. Orlando, obviously, is one of the most tragic things that has ever happened in this country. So this episode is very timely. Unfortunately, I feel like this episode is timely no matter what point we’re at in this country. That’s why it’s so important for us to explore the subject matter on the show.

TVLINE | In your research for this episode, what was the most surprising thing you learned?
Just the statistics of how often this happens and how it’s become a normal part of every teacher’s training process. It’s almost unimaginable. But it is now a big part of what teachers have to go through in order to teach a class. That breaks my heart.

TVLINE | Is there a particular character that is really hit hard by this event?
All of them are very affected by it, but at the center of this is Mariana. She’s faced with Nick and the struggles that they’ve been going through. She’s the one that is left out of the classroom. She’s the one that has been locked out, and that’s part of the protocol. Once you lock the door to your classroom, you are not to open it for anyone until a SWAT team or a member of the police force arrive. So it is a very scary situation for Mariana, because she has no one. She is truly locked out during the lockdown.

The Fosters SpoilersTVLINE | One of the other big cliffhangers from last season’s finale was Callie telling the moms the truth about her and Brandon. How does that play into the premiere, which already has so much on its plate?
It is a big storyline. It is super important. When we first come into the premiere episode, we are dealing with that. Callie is sitting in Lena’s office and confronting the moms and coming forward with truths and telling them what really happened. It’s a pretty heartbreaking moment.

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14 Comments
  1. steven says:

    TNT postpones The Last Ship due to the Orlando shootings, but Freeform doesn’t postpone THIS episode?

    • Steven says:

      They postponed The Last Ship to this week, so why push The Fosters? I think they’ll do the issue justice, whereas The Last Ship was just going to do it for shock value and not to be meaningful.

      • Dude says:

        Also that episode actually featured people being shot in a nightclub much like the Orlando shootings so it was far too similar and was scheduled to air closer to the actual event.

      • Lucifer says:

        The Last Ship is a post-apocalyptic action series where dangerous threats are around every corner and no one is safe. The scene in question on TLS was done to set up a major storyline where many of the main characters are kidnapped and imprisoned. If you want shock value, you’re welcome to watch anything Shonda Rhimes or Ryan Murphy produce.

    • Ryan Lo says:

      Seriously? The Fosters handles important culturally relevant storylines. You can compare the two shows. One is salacious and overtly violent, whereas the other is beautifully written and tackles stories with grace and love. I dare you to decide which ones I’m talking about. And don’t be predictable and pick The Last Ship as the important show.

      • Dude says:

        The Fosters handles important events like an after school special. Heavy-handed and melodramatic.

        • Low says:

          You’re an idiot

        • Anna says:

          *eyeroll*

        • Erin says:

          Actually The Fosters has always impressed me by tackling various issues and scenarios in a way that does NOT comes off as an after-school special episode. For the most part they do it realistically, sensitively and it’s not always predictable and happy endings, tied up in a bow. I think it lost it’s way in the latter half of last season but I have high hopes as it’s done it well in the past.

          Though to be honest I’m not all that enthused about it focusing on Mariana though I appreciate they use their whole ensemble.

      • Lucifer says:

        One is action-packed escapism, whereas the other is an after school special for millennials.

    • David4 says:

      There wasn’t a school shooting yesterday, which is shocking in itself, must be summer break everywhere now. There was a shooting in a nightclub on The Last Ship. So you can’t compare the two.

    • Stacy says:

      The last ship postponed because there was a scene where people come into a nightclub shooting and kidnap people and since the shooting in orlando was a nightclub they decided to postpone because it was too similar of a situation. The fosters episode is not the same.