It’s time for the summer finale on ABC Family’s hit drama, “The Fosters,” and while tonight’s episode is built around a happy occasion (the wedding anniversary of Lena’s parents), expect much drama to erupt, as well, especially with Jude and Connor, a.k.a. Jonnor.
The start of this current season was a bit rough with Connor (Gavin Macintosh) having been shot and some drama with Jude (Hayden Byerly) continuing to stand his ground and not label himself as gay, bi or whatever. And, of course, there’s the conflict with Connor’s father (Chris Bruno), who admits to trying to understand that his son is gay but also admitting that he’s still not cool with it.
I bumped into Byerly at the recent Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour/ABC party in Beverly Hills and asked him what we’ll see in the finale. Let’s see what he had to say:
So, I have a feeling there's a bump coming in the road for Jonner. What can you tell me about the summer finale?
Hayden Byerly: In episode 10, Gavin and I are both in that episode and you will see some Jonnor and some struggle or a bump that rocks their relationship and it has a very big outcome. There’s a big issue with Connor’s Dad and with him still not being OK and comfortable around Connor because he’s gay. Connor decides to make a big decision, one that Jude supports but doesn’t completely agree with. In the midseason finale, it’s a big, crazy moment that happens.
When you read the script and saw the story, what were your feelings about it?
HB: I never really try to have immediate feelings about whatever “The Fosters” [writers] write because sometimes they’ll throw something out there and you may not be completely behind that or you might not agree with it, but in the end they will always have a fix and they’ll always have another story where they’ll wrap it around and turn it the other way. So I never really question what they do. I just roll with it. It’s such an amazing show and they’ve done such a great job so far so I’ll just let them keep doing what they’re doing.
With what’s coming up with Connor, do we see Jude lean on someone if he needs to?
HB: I think that we’ll see more of that in the finale. A lot more will be explained. It’s probably going to be one of the biggest Jonnor moments and maybe that’s a bad thing, or maybe it’s good.
But it sounds like it will be dramatic…?
HB: Of course!
Is Jude pulled into any other stories in the finale?
HB: There is some other stuff with the family, a big momentous occasion with the entire family in the finale, but overall Jude is close with Callie and the family. but he also has this big issue with Connor.
I like that Jude has really stood up for himself in stating that he didn't want to label himself. That's realistic in his finding his voice and not just going along with the crowd.
HB: Yes, for sure. They can’t necessarily go with what everyone tells them to do or what everyone else does. They have to find their own voice and they’ll feel different and have their own opinions or ideas or ways of handling things.
“The Fosters” airs Mondays at 8pm on ABC Family.
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