SPOILER NOTICE: Don’t read if you haven’t seen “Kiss Me and Smile for Me”, the March 16 episode of “Good Trouble”.
The Fosters family is changing again: Maia Mitchell is out of Freeform’s “Good Trouble”. The actress has played Callie Foster since “The Fosters” premiered in 2013, and she went on to reprise her role in her spin-off series, with her final episode airing Wednesday night. .
During the episode, Callie revealed that Kathleen (Constance Zimmer) had helped her land her dream job with the ACLU, but that meant she had to move to Washington, DC. She had invited her moms (guest stars Teri Polo and Sherri Saum) and brother Jude (Hayden Byerly) to town to sweeten the news for Mariana (Cierra Ramirez), who was shocked to learn that her sister was moving from. other part of the country in two days.
During the episode, Callie said goodbye to everyone and many real tears were shed in the process.
The episode ended with Callie sitting on a plane and seeing her boyfriend, Jamie (Beau Mirchoff), board the same flight. He reveals to her that he also had a job opportunity in Washington before asking if her seat next to her is occupied (although, usually, seats on planes are assigned). She happily tells him it’s free.
Behind the scenes, the cast was a mess, even though they knew Mitchell was going to be gone for some time. At the end of season three, she argued with co-creator Joanna Johnson about wanting to return home to Australia as she hadn’t seen her family in two years due to COVID-19.
“I knew Maia was thinking of moving on,” Johnson said. “She’s been doing this role for nine years. She grew up in this role between “The Fosters” and “Good Trouble”. She was 19 when she started. I went to her trailer and said, “So, I want to talk about season 4 and I want to beg you to stay.” She said how much she loves her family about her and this show, but that she needed to go home. “
Johnson and the rest of the cast and crew understood this necessity, but still “tried many different ways to try and dissuade her” before coming to terms with her decision. After doing that, the executive producer asked if Mitchell would be returning for season 4 and would do a few episodes at the top to give her proper approval.
“In the final episode of the third season, there were so many stories that we are trying to tell and I wanted to dedicate an entire episode to them. She was delightful and lovely and she said she would come back from Australia to get them, “she said variety. “She will always be part of the family and I don’t think it will be the last time we see Callie. Callie’s journey is taking place off-screen, but we’re going to catch up with her. “
The shooting of the finale was “very moving for everyone”, but especially Mitchell and Ramirez. The pair put on the set of “The Fosters” and have led the spinoff together since its debut in 2019.
While the episode included several separate goodbyes for Callie and a nice toast at The Coterie, it also included a reunion between her and Jamie. With him she also moves to Washington, variety confirms that Mirchoff is also exiting the show as a series regular.
“I definitely hope to see Beau again,” Johnson said. “I love the character and I love him. He is such a lovely boy. “
As for whether Callie and Jamie are now together, it’s something Johnson hopes to make an episode across the board: “It’s a mystery, but we’ll find out.”
Mitchell shared his farewell message via Instagram after the finale. “10 years ago, I auditioned for a little pilot called ‘The Fosters.’ I was 19 and had no idea how lucky I had run into. Years later, I was able to continue my journey as Callie when we formed the “Good Trouble” family. Two shows, 156 episodes and a family chosen for life. Lucky me, “he wrote.” While I have been so lucky to have this career and a job I love, without an iota of regret, for some time I have repressed an undeniable gravitational pull to return home to Australia for be closer to my closest and dearest. “
The actress continued: “The last couple of years have been trying, for everyone. I fully recognize the privilege of being able to work and do our show during a global pandemic, but it also meant being separated from loved ones when we needed each other most. of the other. Thus the need arose to create the space to divide my time between the two countries “.
She concluded her lengthy post with a message to fans: “Words cannot express how grateful I am for your consistent and indestructible loyalty. Fact: We have the best fandom on television. You will always have a special place in my heart and I know our paths will cross again in the future ”.