‘SEAL Team’ Will Address Homeless Veteran Crisis in Season 5 With a New Character

by John Jamison

Since 2017, “SEAL Team” has followed David Boreanaz’s Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Jason Hayes and his exploits commanding Bravo Team. Alongside trusted operator and friend Ray Perry (Neil Brown Jr.), there’s no mission Hayes and his team can’t tackle.

Heading into Season 5, however, Ray has seen more than his fair share of combat. His narrative in the upcoming season is reportedly taking an introspective turn. Part of that will include introducing a new character. The new face is reportedly someone with whom Ray can focus on the longstanding homeless veteran crisis.

“A part of Ray’s story this year is going to be confronting the homeless veteran crisis, so we’re going to be introducing a character there who is going to have a big impact on the show. We’re also going to be bringing back some familiar faces in Clay’s life,” “SEAL Team” showrunner Spencer Hudnut told TV Line recently.

Ray Perry spent nearly two decades waging war and hasn’t known much else. However, according to “SEAL Team” showrunner Spencer Hudnut, Season 5 will see him explore his options.

“We dragged Ray through so many things over the last few seasons that I think this is really a season for him to work on himself, and to also confront his own time. He’s done 18 years in this war, and I think he may start to feel it, He’s opening his eyes to maybe having an impact in the world beyond carrying a rifle,” Hudnut added.

“SEAL Team” has found such success over the years in part due to its emphasis on the operator’s personal lives. These operators aren’t unfeeling warriors with nothing but combat on their minds. They’re family-oriented and complex. Ray’s journey in Season 5 will explore some of these areas.

‘SEAL Team’ Star David Boreanaz’s Jason Hayes is the Poster Child For Complex Personalities

It only fits that leading man David Boreanaz’s character is the prime example of a conflicted warrior. He is the embodiment of the show’s whole premise. And he, for one, loves that internal conflict in his character.

“I like the fact that Jason is so conflicted, internally, being a Navy SEAL Tier 1 guy. Their brains and their mentalities are really just wired to go. They don’t think about it, they just go. So, when you have moments with family, you have to downshift,” Boreanaz told Collider in 2018.

He spoke on what causes these challenges for real-life special warfare operators and general military personnel alike.

“They feel like a bunch of misfit toys in a family environment that brings them to wonder if they’re doing the right thing. And then, you find these silent moments where it’s sad because they want to be there for their son’s graduation or first communion, or a girl’s first dance, but they can’t, so they struggle with that,” he continued.