‘SEAL Team’ Teases the Biggest Challenge May Come from Within

by Lauren Boisvert

“SEAL Team” is returning on January 2 with an emotionally explosive episode. Bravo is continuing their mission in South America, and it looks like things are getting intense based on the promo photos.

In a promo for the “SEAL Team” return, Clay looks visibly distraught as he talks to Ray about Jason’s condition. “Jason brought that building down on us,” he says, referring to the time when a building collapsed on Bravo because of Jason’s negligence. “Put us all in the hospital,” Clay continues.

But Ray doesn’t want anyone else to know about it. “Not another word,” says Ray. “Okay, to anyone.” That’s his team leader they’re talking about, and if anyone else knew about it they’d tell their commanding officer. But, why not? Someone needs to know about it. Maybe Ray just doesn’t want to cause Jason any humiliation by ratting him out.

But, Jason is proving to be more difficult to deal with in every passing episode. At one point in the promo, Jason tells Ray, “If you wanted to stay safe maybe you should’ve stayed home.” But, that’s not the point; the point is, that Ray knows outside forces could hurt them every day. They’re supposed to be safe within their team, and they’re not.

In the previous episode, Jason nearly came to blows with Clay over his handling of the team. Clay left his wife and infant son to come on the mission and make sure Bravo would be safe; Jason accused him of coming on the mission to steal Jason’s position and to stroke his own ego. He couldn’t have been further from the truth. Jason just doesn’t have the wherewithal to see it.

‘SEAL Team’: David Boreanaz Reveals ‘Biggest Reward’ of Playing Jason Hayes

David Boreanaz often praises “SEAL Team” for its portrayal of active-duty Navy SEALs, and he did exactly that on the Late Late Show in October. He spoke about the biggest reward of playing Jason Hayes, and also what the show can explore now that it’s on a streaming service.

“It’s been a very humbling experience to portray this character for five seasons,” he said. “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.'”

While “SEAL Team” is a fictionalized account of being a Navy SEAL, the symptoms they portray on the show are real. TBIs can cause blackouts and memory loss, while PTSD can cause panic attacks. Someone watching the show who suffers from those conditions could use those experiences in fiction to take the first step to recovery in reality. There’s drama, yes, but at the root of “SEAL Team” are real experiences.