The Fosters’ Peter Paige on Directing the “Massive” Midseason Finale

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Freeform/Gilles Mingasson
Freeform/Gilles Mingasson

As another season finale of The Fosters approaches on Monday night there are plenty of stories and threads up in the air that fans will be looking to see resolved. The Freeform series concludes its first half of Season 4 with “Collateral Damage,” an episode that was co-written by Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg. In the finale, Callie (Maia Mitchell) and her family set up a “Justice for Jack” booth at a local music festival to gather signatures and try to put a stop to Justina’s foster care bill. Tensions will mount between her boyfriend AJ (Tom Williamson) and Aaron (Elliot Fletcher) and Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) will need help from her brother Jesus (Noah Centineo) when Nick (Louis Hunter) makes an unexpected appearance.

Paige, The Fosters co-creator, also stepped behind the camera and directed the midseason finale, something he’s done several times in the past. For Paige, having that experience really helps when it comes to staying cool under the pressure of a finale. “I have done a bunch of them now so I don’t think of it in that way. It’s just a big, big episode with a lot going on, a lot of stories to track, a lot of character arcs that were nuanced and important and they were just huge days,” he told The TV Junkies in an exclusive interview.

Part of the reason why Paige says the episode was so huge is that most of it takes place outside at a music festival. “Shooting on location is always a little trickier because there’s a few unknowns or variables that you don’t know how they are going to play out,” he explained. Luckily, when such challenges present themselves Paige says he has a great support system in place because “we have an incredible team at The Fosters.” That team allowed Paige and company to do what he called “a massive episode of television” for this finale and give audiences an end product he’s very proud of. “We have a very small budget compared to a network hour of television. I’m super proud of what that team was able to accomplish given our circumstances,” said Paige.

Freeform/Gilles Mingasson
Freeform/Gilles Mingasson

Paige co-wrote the episode with Bredeweg, again something he’s done many times in the past, but does say knowing that he’ll be directing it has some effect on what gets written. “I do know when I’m going to be directing the episode,” he said, and while “I try to give the same character scripts that I write for other directors,” he admits that he will “absolutely write something and go ‘oh I’m not directing that,’ and go back and fix it so that it’s better for shooting.”

Fans of The Fosters will be able to see how Paige and his team did by checking out this “massive episode” for themselves when it airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on Freeform and ABC Spark.

 

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The Fosters airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform and ABC Spark.

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