How is Annie going to cope with the situation? Will her new life change her in any way? What does this mean for the spies back home? Executive producers Matt Corman and Chris Ord talk about all of this and more in an interview.
Why did you decide to have Annie fake her own death and go on the run?
Matt Corman and Chris Ord: The concept of reinvention and the concept of going deep undercover as a spy has always been really intriguing for us. And as the show evolves, changes and Annie becomes a more skilled operative, we thought it would be really interesting if to unplug her, as it were, and put her out there in world without the normal safeguards of the CIA.
How will Annie Walker react to her new world?
Matt Corman and Chris Ord: What you end up with is some longing — to be back with Auggie, to be back with her friends, back at home — but that only deepens the character’s emotional journey. And for us, it’s been a very exciting challenge that we think has deepened the show and deepened Annie’s character in a way we hadn’t been able to do before.
It’s going to affect her greatly. You always learn a lot about yourself when you’re alone. And she’s going to be very much alone in these back-six episodes. I think she will only grow and deepen as an operative in some interesting ways.
How dark will Annie get before she redeems herself in the eyes of the CIA?
Matt Corman and Chris Ord: There’s a warning from Derek Hughes, who is the red-hair guy who she interrogates — who says to beat Henry you have to become him. She’s gonna find out whether that’s true. And what will it take to defeat Henry Wilcox is a big question. It’s a question that’s gets scarier and scarier as the back six go along.
Will Annie be completely on her own, or will she have some contact with her people back at the CIA?
Matt Corman and Chris Ord: We don’t want to give too much away, but at a certain point, there will be some intersection. It’s not completely parallel stories. It will happen in interesting ways and surprising ways, but certainly she’ll be apart from them much more fully than we’ve seen in the past.
Back in Washington, how will Auggie and Calder work together?
Matt Corman and Chris Ord: It’s an alliance, but it’s not an easy alliance. They don’t know each other well enough. I think Calder’s certainly proven himself to be on the level. He helped Annie do this gambit. But I think they’re still just getting to know him, and I think that’s going to be one of the challenges of these six. And the other challenge is they’ve got to work in a vacuum while Annie’s working in a vacuum. You know, part of going dark for Annie is not having contact with the people back home. And that’ll be a challenge for them on their side, not fully knowing what Annie’s up to or whether she’s even still alive.
Is there any way for Annie to return to her old life?
Matt Corman and Chris Ord: That question, to a certain extent, will be answered in this back-six episodes. And it’s a question as to whether that will even be possible for her. But I think folks who watch these six episodes will get clarity on that question. But we will see it’s a very complicated question.
“Covert Affairs” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA.