SEAL Group Boss cancels this nice shock: Will [Spoiler] To be seen once more? What’s going to the present be like?
The following contains major spoilers from the SEAL Team season four premiere.
“There’s a lot that threatens the Bravo team as we know them, and if they get through these first two episodes, the audience will be surprised what Bravo looks like. “
These words from executive producer of the SEAL team, Spencer Hudnut, proved correct at the start of the XL season on Wednesday evening as the Bravo team and its extended HAVOC family faced no fewer than four major changes.
New homeowner BEAM (played by Neil Brown Jr.), on the one hand, makes his way to Warrant Officer Training after making the cut for the coveted raise (and of course since Clay took on the case for the Marsden letter). MANDY (Jessica Paré), who emerged from the last outing (in which she tragically lost another asset), announced to Jason that she decided she actually served her part of the time. It can no longer just “go forward”. CERBERUS (Dita) was stranded for a harrowing stretch with Jason among enemy fighters, and although he eventually showed up “cleared for service,” the feeling is that the brave dog more than deserves the simple life of a civilian dog.
And then there is something else JASON (David Boreanaz) himself, who announced to the extended team at the end of the premiere that he would step down as operator.
Mandy’s decision came as no complete surprise as it was recently reported that Paré, an original cast member, was not returning as a regular series for season four (which is technically getting under way next week due to COVID interruptions). Even so, many fans were preventively upset about losing the accomplished CIA vet – also because of her undeniable and growing connection with Bravo 1.
“Look, we’re all sad to see Mandy leave,” executive producer Spencer Hudnut told TVLine. And while the EP recognizes that due to the shortening of season three between Mandy and Jason, it looked like we had something prepped, one of the things about this show is that we really go out of our way to honor the experience of our service members. And the dramatization of the struggle, the trauma and the emotional stress must have consequences.
“The loss of a CI in Venezuela and the loss of another in Afghanistan … has hit Mandy hard,” explains Hudnut. “The decision she made was a brave one. Like Jason, she realized that this job cost her so much and she has the opportunity to break free and find a life for herself. As you can see right now, it’s a really tough choice for Mandy and one that she may not have made a day later. But in that moment she found the strength to walk away. “
Although she walked away, that doesn’t mean viewers saw the last part of the character. “There are many ways to close a character’s door and the door is still open,” says Hudnut. “Mandy will be back in season 4.” In fact, Pare – den Hudnut referred to as “one of my favorite people I’ve ever worked with” – will direct an episode later this season.
“I get people’s disappointment and they and Jason have such a clear connection,” the EP states. “But that connection affects what Jason decides later in the episode.”
Ah yes, Jason’s decision. It wasn’t a small one either! “War has been my refuge for too long and I’m done,” he told everyone in the back corner of the bar. “It’s time for Bravo 1 to take a step back from operations and find a life for Jason Hayes.”
The next episode of season four (airing Dec. 9) will not come straight out of this significant series of decisions, departures, and distractions, but will “go a little further where everyone settles into their new lives,” he says to Hudnut.
But what will the SEAL team look like as a show if Jason doesn’t lead the good fight? “He came back in for a few more years at the beginning of season three so you can’t just walk away,” recalls Hudnut. “He’s still part of the Navy, so he’ll have to find a new way to ‘burn off’ his recruitment. And the fight for him will be: does that bring him a sense of satisfaction, as the way of working does? “
In other words, “This is a character who has really moved on to realize that they need to put themselves first. It’s a more balanced Jason Hayes than we’ve seen in the past. But can he keep that balance without a Bravo Team? He will really give everything to have a life, but circumstances may not allow it. “
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