When “Covert Affairs” returns to USA for Season 3 on Tuesday (July 10), expect the Piper Perabo spy drama to be even more exciting than ever. “It goes deeper than we’ve gone before,” star Christopher Gorham tells Zap2it on a recent visit to the Toronto set, promising that an Annie-Auggie relationship will definitely be explored.
“All the emotional stuff is bigger. There’s an urgency to this year that we didn’t have as much last season. We kind of opened the door to the Annie and Auggie relationship at the end of Season 2, and so we’re exploring that in a way that’s very real for who those two people are,” he says. “They both have very complicated lives, and the fact that Auggie’s blind has allowed us to play with the relationship in a way that you can’t do with any two other characters.”
In episode 2, Auggie and Annie go undercover as a married couple, which should certainly prove worthy of some laughs, but Gorham says episode 3 will be the real kicker. “Big relationship stuff there,” he teases.
But before we get to that, we’ll see an epic premiere that will make a significant impact on how the rest of the season will proceed.
“I felt like in the second season we were really trying to make everything bigger, and in the third season I really feel like we’re just trying to go deeper with everything and get more complex,” Gorham says. “The first episode is huge, and kind of changes everything for the entire season. It’ll be really interesting to see what the audience reaction is and how they respond to the new tone of the show. One of the realities of the CIA is that it’s a dangerous place to work, and anything can happen, and there are consequences to your actions. We really see that this year.”
If the promise of an exciting Season 3 isn’t enough for you, Gorham is putting in extra time working on a companion web series that will air concurrently with the first five episodes. “The webisodes take place a year before Annie comes to the CIA, and follow Auggie on one of his early missions as a handler,” he says.
Since Auggie is still recovering from his injury, things will be more difficult for him in the webisodes. “He’s not quite as good with his braille and his laser cane, and all of the stuff. He’s learned very quickly, but he’s only a little over a year away from recovering from his injury and he’s doing what is still a very new job.”
Not cool enough for you? Gorham says the web show, which is now online, will be interactive. “It’s kind of like a choose your own adventure thing. Within each webisode there are two points at which the audience can choose where the story goes.”
“Covert Affairs” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on USA.