'The Fosters' Callie & Brandon Were Never Going To End Up Together, Showrunner Says

'The Fosters' Callie & Brandon Were Never Going To End Up Together, Showrunner Says

As much as we all love the pairing of Callie and Brandon on The Fosters, they were never going to end up together at the end of the series.

Executive producer and co-showrunner Joanna Johnson opened up about just why the couple weren’t end game with TVLine.

“We decided pretty early on that we didn’t think they should be together, because we liked them better as family,” she shares. “Also, [we wanted] to respect the rules of foster care. Foster siblings cannot be involved, and we really wanted to make that message clear to people, because we do think that’s the right thing.”

“We really wanted to really end that love story and close that door, but have them really acknowledge how much they care about each other, and how they’d rather have each other in their lives forever than have some romance that could have flamed out,” she adds. “It was nice to acknowledge that, yes, there is a certain chemistry between these two, but it’s not something they’re going to ever act on again.”

Joanna adds that seeing Brandon get married to Eliza was a very different thing for Callie than it was for anyone else in the family.

For everyone in the family, it’s like, “Oh, my God, one of us is getting married already!” and for the moms, it’s like, “I can’t believe one of our children is getting married,” but for Callie, it’s a special thing. I don’t know that we had ever completely resolved their feelings in the series, in the sense that once she was adopted, Brandon had to move out for a while and go live with Mike.”

She continues, “They haven’t been living in the same house now for five years, on and off. They’ve been in college. Did that distance make them feel like, “Maybe we could be together”? They didn’t grow up together, so it’s not like it’s that strange. It could['ve] happen[ed].”

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