Is Callie coming back to 'Good Trouble'? Here's why fans are remaining hopeful

We're crossing our fingers for 'Good Trouble' season 5

"Kiss Me and Smile For Me" - Callie and Mariana's moms arrive for a surprise dinner. Davia tells Gael about Matt. This episode of "Good Trouble" airs Wednesday, March 16 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform
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Is Callie coming back to Good Trouble? Will hearts everywhere be mended? 

We were less than pleased—but very excited—Callie landed her dream job in Good Trouble season 4, even if that meant she had to move from L.A. to Washington D.C. We weren't emotionally equipped for her departure, and our screen time hasn't been the same since. 

However, we've been treated to a few sneak peeks here and there that seem to hint at Callie's (Maia Mitchell) return for Good Trouble season 5. Needless to say, fans are crossing their fingers and hoping their dreams will manifest into a reappearance. 

In the meantime, if you need to catch up with the series, we'll tell you how to watch Good Trouble so that you're ready to go before the next adventure begins.

*WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*

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There's a vacancy in The Coterie without the beloved Callie. In episode two of season 4, we watch her pack up to begin up a new life in D.C. working with the ACLU—bittersweet, of course, given that she had accomplished what she wanted, even though it meant saying goodbye to her sister, Mariana, and their group of friends. 

In the episode, Callie invited her moms and brother Jude to town so she could break the news to Marianna, who naturally, was shocked to find out her sister was moving across the country. It certainly didn't help that she'd only have 48 hours to process this life-changing move. 

Callie then went on to say her goodbyes to her friends and loved ones throughout the episode, and it was an emotional watch, to say the least. In fact, there were just as many tears for Maia Mitchell (if not more) than there were for her on-screen character as it marked her final episode. 

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Speaking to People (opens in new tab), the 28-year-old star spoke candidly about the reason behind her departure—to head home to Australia to be with her family amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

"Obviously, it was such a heartbreaking decision to make because I found community on that show," she told the outlet. "They've been my family in America. It's kept me going through my homesickness. It was a really, really tough decision. I sat with it for a really long time trying to talk myself out of it. But I had to be closer to my family."

Mitchell has played Callie since 2013, first in The Fosters and then again in Good Trouble since the spin-off launched in January 2019 and served as an executive producer. This all made the final episode all the more difficult.

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"They took such good care with the writing, and I'm really proud of the episode we made, but it makes me cry. I probably won't watch it again," she confessed. "It's too traumatic because there are so many parallels. As we're shooting this episode, I'm trying to keep it together because Callie's not supposed to cry until the speech, and everyone else around me is just bawling their eyes out all week, Cierra [Ramirez] especially. She simply does not run out of tears."

As well as the devastating news that she's leaving, fans also had mixed feelings about Callie and Jamie's relationship. The two have had an on-again/off-again connection since the beginning, and while many were happy to see them end up together in D.C., those who were team Callie and Gael aren't as pleased with the turn of events.

Is Callie coming back to 'Good Trouble'?

Eagle-eyed fans have spotted Mitchell back in New York in June 2022, and subsequently, California, where the show was filmed. Plus, we have a few pretty strong indications from co-creator Joanna Johnson that signs point to "yes."

"She’s always going to be part of the family, and I don’t think it’s the last we’ll ever see of Callie," Johnson told Variety (opens in new tab) in August 2022. "Callie’s journey is happening off camera, but we’ll catch up with her."

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Viewers were even more excited to hear her reiterate that sentiment to TV Guide in September. When Johnson was asked if Mariana was still processing her grief from Callie's exit, she said yes. 

"One hundred percent, yes. And you know, we haven’t seen the last of Callie. I am looking forward to seeing Callie again [in Season 5] and also our Foster family again."

We heard that! We'll just be here waiting patiently. (And let's not forget about the Instagram of her visit to the set in September, which you can find above!)

Good Trouble is currently streaming on Hulu. A release date for season 5 has yet to be announced. 

Sagal is a journalist, specialising in lifestyle, pop culture, fashion and beauty.  She has written for a number of publications including Vogue, Glamour, Stylist, Evening Standard, Bustle, You Magazine, Dazed and Wonderland to name a few. 

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