‘SEAL Team’ Star David Boreanaz Describes ‘Biggest Reward’ of Playing Jason Hayes

by Lauren Boisvert

David Boreanaz expresses his gratitude for “SEAL Team” often, and frequently praises the show for its portrayal of military personnel. He did just that in an interview on the Late Late Show in October, where he spoke about “SEAL Team”‘s move from CBS to Paramount+, as well as his gratitude for the show and his character, Jason Hayes.

“It’s been a very humbling experience to portray this character for five seasons,” he said on the talk show. “And the biggest reward I can get is when a veteran comes up to you and says ‘thank you so much, you saved my life, I reached out and got help.'”

“SEAL Team” hasn’t shied away from sensitive topics, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries from years in the field. Ray Perry suffered from PTSD after his capture and torture in season 4. Now, in season 5, Jason is dealing with this TBI causing him to forget things and blackout during missions. His own brain is turning against him, and he doesn’t know how to get help; he’d rather ignore it and hope that it goes away, which of course it won’t.

For someone watching the show who suffers from the same afflictions, seeing how it’s affecting the characters can be the turning point to getting help. The show is fictionalized, but the symptoms can happen in real life.

Boreanaz continued, “So to receive that, and to know that we’re at least scratching the surface and putting some light into some dark corners is very remarkable.”

One ‘SEAL Team’ Character’s Fate is Uncertain

A few weeks ago, David Boreanaz posted a cryptic warning on his Instagram stories, showing a uniform jacket with a bloody bullet hole on the left side, nearly through the heart. There’s no name on the jacket, but it could be from Bravo Team. Is someone going to die in the next episode?

In the previous “SEAL Team” installment, titled “Head On,” Clay and Jason nearly got into a fistfight over Clay questioning Jason. Clay was only on the mission to protect the guys from Jason, as his TBI has gotten severe. But, Jason saw it as a ploy for Clay to take over his position as Bravo 1. The two argued, with Jason accusing Clay of only coming on the mission to stroke his own ego.

But Clay is there for the good of the team; he left his wife and son in the NICU to protect Bravo, and Jason used that against him in their argument. If Jason were thinking clearly, he’d know that Clay wouldn’t leave his family unless it was absolutely necessary.

Now, we’ll have to wait until January 2 to figure out who lives and who dies on “SEAL Team.”