SPOILER ALERT: Don’t learn when you have not watched “Kiss Me and Smile for Me,” the March 16 episode of “Good Bother.”
The Fosters household is altering once more — Maia Mitchell has exited Freeform’s “Good Bother.” The actress has portrayed Callie Foster since “The Fosters” premiered in 2013, and went on to reprise the position in its spinoff sequence, along with her last episode airing on Wednesday evening.
In the course of the episode, Callie revealed that Kathleen (Constance Zimmer) had helped her land her dream job with the ACLU, however that meant she needed to transfer to Washington, D.C. She had invited her mothers (visitor stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) and brother Jude (Hayden Byerly) to city with a purpose to soften the information for Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), who was shocked to study her sister was transferring throughout the nation in two days.
All through the episode, Callie mentioned her goodbyes to everybody — and plenty of actual tears had been shed within the course of.
The episode ended with Callie sitting on an airplane and seeing her on-and-off boyfriend, Jamie (Beau Mirchoff), boarding the identical flight. He reveals to her that he additionally obtained a job alternative in D.C. earlier than asking whether or not the seat beside her is taken (regardless that, often, seats on planes are assigned). She fortunately tells him that it’s free.
Behind the scenes, the forged was a large number — regardless that they’d recognized that Mitchell was leaving for fairly a while. On the finish of Season 3, she had a dialogue with co-creator Joanna Johnson about desirous to go residence to Australia since she hadn’t seen her household in two years attributable to COVID-19.
“I had recognized that that Maia had been contemplating transferring on,” Johnson mentioned. “She’s been doing this this position for 9 years. She grew up on this position between ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Good Bother.’ She was 19 when she began. I went to her trailer, and I mentioned, ‘So, I wish to discuss Season 4, and I wish to beg you to remain.’ She mentioned how a lot she loves his household and this present, however that she wanted to go residence.”
Johnson and the remainder of the forged and crew understood that want, however nonetheless “tried many alternative methods to attempt to speak her out of it” earlier than in the end coming to phrases along with her choice. After they did, the chief producer requested if Mitchell would come again for Season 4 and do just a few episodes on the prime to present her a correct log off.
“Within the finale episode of Season 3, there have been so many tales that we’re making an attempt to serve and I wished to commit a whole episode to her. She was pleasant and beautiful and mentioned she’ll come again from Australia to do them,” she instructed Selection. “She’s at all times going to be a part of the household, and I don’t suppose it’s the final we’ll ever see of Callie. Callie’s journey is going on off digital camera, however we’ll meet up with her.”
Filming the finale was “very emotional for everybody,” however particularly Mitchell and Ramirez. The pair met on set of “The Fosters” and have led the spinoff collectively since its 2019 debut.
Whereas the episode included many separate goodbyes for Callie and fairly the toast to The Coterie, it additionally included a reunion between her and Jamie. With him transferring to D.C. as properly, Selection confirms that Mirchoff can also be exiting the present as a sequence common.
“I positively hope to see Beau once more,” Johnson mentioned. “I like the character and I like him. He’s such a stunning man.”
As for whether or not Callie and Jamie are actually collectively, that’s one thing Johnson is hoping to do an episode about down the road: “It’s a thriller, however we’ll discover out.”
Mitchell shared her personal goodbye message through Instagram following the finale. “10 years in the past, I auditioned for a bit pilot known as ‘The Fosters.’ I used to be 19 with no clue of the luck I had stumbled upon. Years later, I used to be capable of proceed my journey as Callie after we shaped the ‘Good Bother’ household. Two exhibits, 156 episodes, and a selected household for all times. Fortunate me,” she wrote. “Whereas I’ve been so past lucky to have this profession and a job that I like, with not an iota of remorse, for fairly a while I’ve suppressed an simple gravitational pull to return residence to Australia to be nearer to my nearest and dearest.”
The actress continued, “The previous two years have been making an attempt, for everybody. I totally acknowledge the privilege of having the ability to work and make our present throughout a world pandemic, however it additionally meant being separated from my family members after we wanted one another probably the most. Thus got here the necessity to create the house to separate my time between each nations.”
She ended her prolonged submit with a message for the followers: “Phrases can’t categorical how past grateful I’m in your constant and unbreakable loyalty. Reality: We’ve the most effective fandom in tv. You’ll at all times maintain a particular place in my coronary heart, and I do know our paths will cross once more sooner or later.”