The summer finale of The Fosters brought devastating news for almost every member of the Adams-Foster family.
The final moments saw Jesus (Noah Centineo) collapsing after Nick (Louis Hunter) punched him in the face, landing his fist squarely on Jesus' forehead where he accidentally shot a nail only a few episodes ago. Meanwhile, Callie (Maia Mitchell) finds herself trapped in a car with Mrs. Johnson's true murderer and Brandon's (David Lambert) dreams of Juilliard are dashed now that the College Board has discovered his SAT cheating scandal.
It was an action-packed hour for the Freeform drama, and TVGuide.com talked to executive producer Peter Paige about how everything went down, plus what to expect when The Fosters returns in the spring.
First things first: Why did this happen to Jesus?
Peter Paige: I don't think of it as Jesus saying goodbye. I think of it as 10 episodes of Jesus' actions coming back to haunt him.
So we should still have hope, right?
Paige: Yes. You should have hope that there will be more Jesus. I'm not sure that Jesus will be the same person. He'll be the same actor. He's had a traumatic brain injury and then he got hit square in the of the head. He was lucky enough to avoid major consequences to the nail in the head, but I'm not sure he's going to escape those consequences this time.
Callie is also in a very dangerous situation at the end of this finale because she violated the rules of Stranger Danger 101. What are going to be the ramifications of her getting into the car with a murderer?
Paige: God bless her. Callie's decision making is always, "What can I do to help somebody?" and she'll do it, even when she knows it's not exactly the right thing for her. It's a huge character flaw in her that just continues to haunt her. Right now, she's in a car with someone she shouldn't be in a car with and she's got to figure out how to change that as quickly as possible. How she does that will come with consequences of their own.
Who should we be the most afraid for after this episode?
Paige: I don't know! There are a lot of people in a lot of trouble. Jesus is probably the most you should be the most worried about, but I don't like where Calle is either. Mariana is having a breakdown of her own. It's a pretty, pretty messy time. Brandon has lost his life dream and Jude is finally in full-on rebellion. They've got their hands full.
Speaking of Jude, should we be concerned that smoking pot has become such an issue? Is it an addiction or is he just being a teenager and testing boundaries?
Paige: He's a teenager. He's exploring and testing boundaries. He's trying to figure out who he is. He's sassy and a little mouthy. He doesn't want to be told what to do or who to see. It's all of those things we experience as we're coming into our own power as adolescents. I don't think Jude's decision making is great, but at the same time I don't think we're telling a "He's addicted to pot!" story.
Stef and Lena have also hit a rough patch lately, and in this episode Stef goes directly against Lena's advice when she pushes for the detective job. Is there still trouble in paradise for them when we return next season?
Paige: Stef and Lena are an extraordinary couple and extraordinary women. Like every relationship I've ever witnessed or been apart of, there are these things that will never change, the things that you are constantly having to make peace with in order to be happy in the context of your relationship. I think that's true for our moms. Stef is an impulsive person, by nature and definition. Lena is a considered person, by nature and definition. That is going to be a constant source of challenge for them.
What did you think of The Fosters' summer finale?