Finding Carter: Surprise Guest Will Shake Up Summer Finale

Finding Carter
Finding Carter

Last week’s penultimate Finding Carter ended with a pretty massive twist: After Elizabeth (Cynthia Watros) finally broke it off with co-worker Kyle (Eddie Matos) to be with her husband David (Alexis Denisof), Kyle remained the Ultimate Good Guy by risking his life to protect her from getting shot by evil Uncle Shay (Michael Roark), during a rescue mission to save Crash (Caleb Ruminer) post-abduction. What we didn’t see coming, however was that Kyle wouldn’t survive the encounter, leaving poor Gabe (Jesse Henderson) an orphan. Kathryn Prescott (who plays the show’s title character) teases that his father’s death will take its toll on Gabe, but we might not see it right away. “He’s kind of in denial,” she says. “This is a huge, huge blow, especially considering he doesn’t have a mother.”

And the show’s first character death doesn’t even scratch the surface of the crazy things happening. The start of the episode saw Taylor (Anna Jacoby-Heron) finding out the that Carter and Max (Alex Saxon) slept together – and she was crushed. Since that opening scene though, a few things have been worked out between the three, and we’re hoping that Maxlor can overcome this difficult time. “I think Taylor and Max are okay,” Prescott says. “I think they both decide, ‘We want to work through this rather than throw this away.'”

On top of all that, the finale teaser revealed that the season ender will be in a new location: a courtroom. “Lori’s [Milena Govich] put on trial,” Prescott says. “She is claiming that she is Carter’s biological mother and therefore she should have rights. Her lawyers found this loop in the law that decided maybe Lori wasn’t completely out of order to kidnap Carter, because she’s her biological daughter.”

If this sounds completely nuts to you, don’t worry, because Carter feels exactly the same way. “She’s so confused,” Prescott says. “She’s like, ‘What the hell is going on? Why does this even need to go to trial?’ Carter’s point is that it doesn’t matter if she’s my mother or not; she drugged me and kidnapped me. Even if I were her child, I would still be taken away from her.” Valid argument, Carter.

So, should we even worry that Lori could get out earl –or worse, claim custody over Carter? Apparently, despite everything, we absolutely should worry. “There is a surprise guest at court, in the courtroom, who shakes things up,” teases Prescott. Is there anyone with enough power to convince a jury that Lori could be Carter’s legal mom?

Finding Carter Summer finale Tuesday, June 16, 10/9c, MTV