‘SEAL Team’ Showrunner Spencer Hudnut Reveals How Afghanistan Situation Affected Season 5 Storyline

by Shelby Scott

The latest season of “SEAL Team” premieres this weekend, taking place Sunday night at 10 p.m. on CBS. With that, “SEAL Team” promises to cover a host of current social and political situations. These include topics from our country’s homeless vet issue down to the contemporary Afghanistan situation. Now, showrunner Spencer Hudnut has revealed how the Afghan situation specifically affected the storyline for season five.

As a quick recap, the current administration hastily removed American soldiers from Afghan soil this summer. The feat was with deadly effects coming at the end of August. As a result, our military lost 13 young service members, and Americans reeled against the assault. The evacuation encompassed more than 122,000 individuals, 6,000 of which were American citizens. Following the aftermath of the suicide bombing which took those lives, “SEAL Team” is reflecting the current political and militaristic environment in the latest season.

During an interview with TVLine, the showrunner revealed the Afghan situation, alongside the 20th Anniversary of the war on terror, has immensely contributed to upcoming plotlines. He said, “Afghanistan really is where it all started, and this season, it’s not lost on us that the 20th anniversary of 9/11…[preceded] the beginning of this season.”

Hudnut further shared in August, production had already constructed the crew’s return to Afghanistan. However, “[they] had to effectively re-break it because of the ongoing situation.”

And while we can expect to see current social and political occurrences reflected in season five of “SEAL Team,” Hudnut revealed the team doesn’t return to Afghanistan until midseason. So it will be interesting to see how things develop authentically comparatively to what takes place later in the season.

‘SEAL Team’ Reflects on Anniversary of 9/11

The Afghan situation definitely plays a role in the latest “SEAL Team” season. Although, production has also taken the time to highlight the 20th anniversary of 9/11 within the show.

Previously, a handful of our “SEAL Team” cast members traveled to the World Trade Center Memorial for photos. Images capture the team reflecting on the historic day. Press photos capture our “SEAL Team” beside one of the World Trade Center’s memorial pools, the black stone reflecting afternoon sunlight. Photos additionally capture a red rose, a singular spot of vibrance within the somber photos.

Showrunners revealed the team’s visit will premiere later this month during the show’s “Nine Ten” episode. Catch their memorial visit Sunday, October 24th.

Additionally, you can take a small peak at the live-action shot of the team’s visit to the 9/11 memorial as it debuts toward the end of “SEAL Team” season five’s trailer. The photos themselves capture the raw emotion associated with the historic event. However, the team’s solemnity within the trailer highlights the impact of this year’s anniversary date.