When Zap2it visited the set of “Chuck” in mid-September, the show had not yet cast Cheryl Ladd as Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) long-absent mother. But Strahovski was looking forward to the possibility of filling in a big hole in her character’s back story.
“I’d love to meet Sarah’s mother,” she says. “That would put a piece together for me of my character’s history — we know Gary Cole played my dad, so it would be great to see what Sarah took from her mom and why she is the way she is because of her mom.”
She’ll get that chance midway through the season when Ladd makes her appearance. “Chuck’s” final season will also focus on Sarah and Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) new marriage, their partnership in a private spy firm and the spectacle of Morgan (Joshua Gomez) having the Intersect in his head, all of which Strahovski talked about with us and a handful of other sites. Highlights of the conversation follow.
How is Sarah adjusting to married life?
She’s adjusting well. I think she’s happy with the marriage between the spy life and the actual marriage. I’m not sure — I think Chuck might be questioning it, whether the spy life feels right to him. … We’ll have to see where it goes.
How has the spy dynamic changed now that they’re running a private company?
It’s changed a lot. Everyone knows now what they do — Ellie [Sarah Lancaster] and Awesome [Ryan McPartlin] and Morgan — and it’s changed a lot, especially with Morgan having the Intersect. It kind of feels like Chuck and Sarah have a man-child they have to look after now. Originally it was me looking after Chuck, and now it’s us together looking after Morgan. At the same time, Chuck not having the Intersect is also something that’s a little scary.
How weird is it seeing Josh Gomez doing fight scenes as the Intersect?
It’s pretty cool. He sweats a lot [laughs]. We got to do a great dance
routine in the first episode. … It’s a very leggy routine.
For him or you?
For both. [laughs]
Has knowing this is the final season changed anything on set?
I feel like we’re milking it for all it’s worth. I feel like it’s the most fun we’ve had as a group — drinking and boozing on the set. [laughs] It’s very bittersweet in a way. It’s nice to know we have an end we can write toward that fans will be happy with, and not like a weird, open-ended thing that we don’t really know [if] we’re going to end. So it’s really nice that we can work toward it.
Will there be anything in particular that you’ll miss?
I’m going to have major withdrawal when we finish. We’re on such a rigorous schedule here … I think that alone is going to be a giant slap in the face, not having to go do work and shoot scenes at such a fast pace. … But moreso than that it’s the people, seeing the familiar faces every day of the cast and crew. Having that gone, it’s [going to be] hard.
Do you know what the end is, or have the writers kept it from you?
I haven’t asked. I was trying to figure out why I haven’t asked, and I think it’s because I don’t know if I want to know. I think I just want to keep plodding along like we usually do, where they give us the script a week before we shoot it. … It keeps the element of surprise.
What’s your perfect ending for Chuck and Sarah?
It should be a happy ending. Maybe they all run away, like as a family, everyone, to a tropical island and just hang out there because they’ve made too many enemies.
What does knowing you get to go out on your own terms mean?
It’s a relief. We have been on the bubble every season, so it’s nice to know we have an end. It’s bittersweet, like I said before, because we have such a great fan following. I had a journalist the other day interview me, and she got really emotional when we started talking about “Chuck.” … That’s the level of dedication we have.
“Chuck” premieres at 8 p.m. ET Friday (Oct. 28) on NBC.