“SEAL Team” has never shied away from the tough subjects, and now is no exception. In fact, with the move to streaming, the show can delve even deeper into darker subjects and put its characters through some serious stuff.
One such thing is Jason Hayes’ fate on Bravo Team. The character has been going through some hardships lately that have put the team at risk in the field. He has a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, from so many years in combat and high-stress situations. This is causing memory problems and blackouts that severely risk the safety of the team. He’s Bravo 1, after all; he needs to be sharp.
So, the question remains: how long can Jason last like this? A definite answer is currently unknown, and it’s possible this is a question that will be pondered throughout the rest of the season. There haven’t been any confrontations about Jason’s memory problems from the team, and he doesn’t seem to have shared his issues with anyone. Just another factor that puts everyone at risk. The longer he keeps it a secret, the worse it will get.
Most likely, this will come to a head soon; he can’t go on keeping this to himself and have the show still be realistic. “SEAL Team” prides itself on realism, and while there’s a certain realism in a military guy keeping what he perceives as a weakness to himself, it has to come out eventually. And when it does, it’ll be explosive.
Because that’s just the thing; it’s possible that Jason thinks his TBI is a weakness he can’t share with his team. That if he tells anyone, they’ll sideline him or force him to retire. He clearly doesn’t want to do that. But how much longer can he last?
‘SEAL Team’: David Boreanaz Shares How He and Jason Hayes are Alike
David Boreanaz has played Jason Hayes on “SEAL Team” for the past 4 years, and he’s gotten to know him pretty well. In an Instagram video from earlier in Nov., Boreanaz shared with Paramount+ some of the qualities that he shares with his character.
“I think part of me is a part of him, and part of him is a part of me,” he said. “Tapping into his leadership skills, tapping into his understanding of how to deal with an adversity.”
Jason Hayes is a pillar of strength on Bravo Team. They all turn to him to lead, and he does it well. He protects his people, including those who aren’t even on Bravo Team; like with the recent Mandy Mission, where he took it upon himself to rescue Mandy Ellis from captivity. She was once part of the team as a CIA liaison, so he considered her family. Also, they had a previous romantic entanglement, so his heart was definitely in it.
To see how Jason’s story plays out, tune into a new “SEAL Team” each Sunday on Paramount+.