The pair of episodes will be filmed in large part on location in Mexico, TVLine has learned exclusively, with other cast appearing in Los Angeles-based subplots back home. Update: Now airing on Fridays, S.W.A.T.‘s season opener is scheduled for Oct. 1 at 8/7c (get complete list of CBS premiere dates).
Previewing the ambitious enterprise, S.W.A.T. executive producer Shawn Ryan tells TVLine, “As Hondo tries to decide what to do next with his career, he finds himself regrouping at a friend’s vacation home in rural Mexico, in a two-part season premiere inspired by some of the classic Clint Eastwood ‘Man With No Name’ Westerns” (such as A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly).
While on said getaway, Hondo is “reluctantly pulled into the troubles of a local widow and her daughter,” Ryan shares. “Against a spectacular mountain backdrop unlike anything you see on scripted television, these first two hours of Season 5 will allow us to explore Hondo’s character and choices in a unique and exciting way for us. We can’t wait to show these episodes to our fans.”