The Fosters EP breaks down that tear-filled finale and previews the spin-off

SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you’ve already watched Tuesday’s season 5 spring finale of The Fosters.

Anthony Anderson crying gifs barely do justice to that season finale of The Fosters.

In addition to the tragic (but not at all unexpected) death of Grace (Meg DeLacy), we watched through several time-jumps as each child in the Adams-Foster family graduated and moved forward into the future: Callie (Maia Mitchell) to the law program at UCSD, Brandon (David Lambert) to Musician’s Institute… and later an engagement, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) to MIT, Jesus (Noah Centineo) to San Diego Community College, and Jude (Hayden Byerly) to UCLA. Further, we saw Stef (Teri Polo) beginning to learn to accept herself and consider a career change while Lena (Sherri Saum) gave a graduation speech to end all principal graduation speeches.

And while the two-hour installment, which included the show’s milestone 100th episode, may have played a bit like a series finale, the show still has its three-night conclusion coming to Freeform this summer, as well as Callie and Mariana’s mysterious spin-off series. In other words, when our tears finally dried, we had plenty to ask executive producer Peter Paige about the future of our favorite characters.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you went to write this finale, did you know the fate of the series? Because this very much feels like it could have stood as the series finale and been satisfying.
PETER PAIGE: This was a version that we had talked about for the series finale. We knew that this was a very possible outcome at this point. I don’t think we had a definitive answer from the network, but we knew this was one of the scenarios we were looking at. And then by the time we actually got the scripts out and done, we knew we were getting the three, we knew we needed a little something to draw you out of the episodes coming out of the end. If it were the end, you wouldn’t go home with everybody and find out about Brandon and his fiancée and all of that stuff.

Talk about the choice to have Lena quote the show’s theme song in her graduation speech, because that really punched me in the gut.
I was writing that speech and I was like, “I’m just going to do it.” It was one of those moments where you get an idea and you’re like, “This is kind of …read more

Source:: Entertainment Weekly


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