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‘SEAL Team’ Season 5 Examines the Effects of Years of Combat on Jason Hayes

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Mark this file as top secret: According to SEAL Team executive producer Spencer Hudnut, the military drama opens with a black-ops mission “in the most fortified country in the world.” “Even if we are discovered, it will provoke an international incident.”

This is the first of many daring operations, but Season 5 includes something more personal. “We examine at what years of fighting in the war on terror have done to [the soldiers],” he says. For Bravo 1, Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz), this has led to Debilitating headaches. “Jason keeps an eye on the situation to make sure he’s able to operate,” Hudnut adds.

He needs all his wits in Episode 4, SEAL Team’s last on CBS before moving to Paramount+. The unit is in Burkina Faso after a large-scale terrorist attack, and a cliffhanger aims to lure viewers to the streamer.

Says Hudnut of the switch, “It’s the same show. The language might be a little saltier, as it probably would be when people are shooting at you.”

SEAL Team, Season 5 Premiere, Sunday, October 10, 10/9c, CBS

This is an excerpt from TV Guide Magazine’s 2021 Returning Favorites issue. For more inside scoop on the new fall TV season, pick up the issue, on newsstands now.

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