After chasing the enemy for months, Annie finally catches up with Henry — and fatally shoots him — in Thursday’s Season 4 finale of Covert Affairs.
Will the act traumatize the spy? Can she return to her old life and pick things back up with Auggie and the CIA? And what does Arthur and Joan’s new bundle of joy mean for their jobs?
Below, executive producers Matt Corman and Chris Ord sound off on those questions and more.
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TVLINE | What does killing Henry mean for Annie as a person?
MATT CORMAN | It’s interesting you asked that because she’s killed people in different ways. … She could have arrested Henry or detained him or just incapacitated him. But she made this decision. We thought it was important for her character as an evolution of sorts.
CHRIS ORD | And Henry was somebody who, certainly, she and our audience felt needed to be taken off the game board. He’s escaped. They’ve let him live so many times only to create more and more chaos and more and more havoc. [What] we attempted to do in the episode was, after she shoots him, to give it the proper weight that an act like that might have. That’s why we linger on Annie after she shoots Henry and we stay with her as she walks out of the alley. There’s a version of that end on the boat which…if you put a different song in there is much more uplifting, but we wanted to honor the emotional challenge of what Annie has just done.
TVLINE | There was definitely a haunted look about her in the alleyway and in the final scene on the boat. Does this change her going forward?
ORD | This is something we’re exploring, but it’s definitely going to change her. How could it not? We are starting off on Season 5 in the next couple weeks, just trying to think about what the stories are going to be and what Annie’s emotional trajectory is going to be, and this act will certainly factor into that.
TVLINE | Henry is dead, but they didn’t bring him to justice in the eyes of the law. Does that create unrest for any of the characters?
CORMAN | He’s proven so squirrely when it comes to the law that I think they put the Henry matter to bed. And the way and the place in which he was killed in Hong Kong, which is a lawless place, means that we’re going to be able to put the Henry stuff behind us, except for what Chris was talking about, which is the emotional toll on Annie. And now the agency may view her in a slightly different light. She’s someone who’s proven that they are not just able to, but willing to act in a pretty aggressive way, to essentially assassinate someone.
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TVLINE | The CIA now knows that Annie’s alive, but can she get her old job back?
CORMAN | It’s a really valid question as to whether she can get her old job back, whether she wants to get her old job back or whether they have something else in mind for her altogether.
TVLINE | Annie and Auggie went through a lot together this season — even after their break-up. How would you characterize the state of their relationship at that end of the finale?
ORD | We attempted to have some bridge building in the penultimate episode between Annie and Auggie at the noodle shop. They certainly have plenty to talk about, and I’m not sure they know yet where their relationship may be headed and how they feel about their relationship. Henry has just been so front and center, such the focus of everything in these last six episodes, that now that he’s gone, it’s almost like, “Well, what now?” We need to really start asking those questions. And again, that’s part of the fun of going forward into more seasons.
TVLINE | Would you say that there’s more hope for them now than there was earlier this season?
CORMAN | I guess that depends on what you mean by “earlier.” But they’re in a better place than they were a little while ago. There’s still a lot that they would have to balance out. Helen’s death is still there, and what Annie did with Henry. There’s a lot that they would have to manage and get past to get to a really good place. And it’s an interesting thing that their lives are so taxing that they’ve never really had a moment just to decompress. Auggie fantasized about it in Episode 9, just going to the Galapagos or something like that. Those moments that most people have in their lives — a vacation — don’t really exist for them.
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TVLINE | How will being new parents affect Joan and Arthur as CIA agents?
ORD | These are two Type A personalities. Arthur and Joan’s careers matter a lot to them, but also family matters a lot to them. It’ll be exciting to see them have to try and juggle not only career and work, but a CIA career and work. The jobs they do are pretty intense and high-octane, and it’ll be a question as to how having a child will affect them in their jobs.
CORMAN | In case any fans were wondering, the name of the baby, McKenzie, is Joan’s maiden name.
TVLINE | Since Henry’s dead and the CIA has all this evidence on him, Arthur is cleared, right?
ORD | It’s been a long road, but he, from a legal standpoint, is clear. Now, he’s not yet and may not be reinstated in the CIA. Jail time is not weighing over him anymore, but it’s not like he’s back in his office.