‘SWAT’ Teases a Crisis on Live Television in Upcoming Episode

by Samantha Whidden

CBS hit series SWAT reportedly teased a potential crisis on live television during its fifth season’s upcoming sixth episode.

According to CarterMatt, the SWAT episode, which is titled Crisis Actor, is about armed gunmen storming the set of a controversial cable news show. The show apparently promotes conspiracy theories. The SWAT team races to prevent a hostage situation from escalating on live television. 

Meanwhile, in the latest episode, SWAT character Chris supports Street as he prepares for his mother’s funeral.

The fifth and sixth episodes are premiering just after SWAT took a two-week break. The show resumed with new episodes on Friday (November 5th). The show’s fifth episode, West Coast Offense, was about the team responding to an invasion at an NFL quarterback’s home. As they are investigating the break-in, the team discovered a plot to murder the football player. Along with handling the murder plot and invasion, Hicks gets a new lead on a cold case that he worked on in the early 2000s. 

SWAT Showrunner Reveals What Inspired the Hit Series’ Character Creations 

During a July 2021 interview with Hollywood.com, SWAT showrunner Aaron Rahsaan Thomas revealed more details about each of the show’s characters. “I had the idea for a character, an African American cop,” Thomas explained. He described the cop as someone who understands what it’s like to be a black man in America. And also be an officer. 

The SWAT showrunner goes on to state, “I thought about a character being in the middle of that. And understanding both sides of that. Trying in his own way to navigate it. And improve communications as much as possible.”

Thomas also discussed how SWAT influences other police shows to have a conversation about police brutality. “I was even guilty of this idea of whether or not audiences. And frankly, the business would be ready to try to tell police stories in a different way.”

The SWAT showrunner revealed from the beginning there was a team of people around. They wanted to tell stories in a different way. “To try to add a little bit of nutritional value to the environment.”

Speaking about Hollywood’s future, the SWAT showrunner stated he thinks one of the great things about the acting business is that it tends to collect the dreamers. “The people who were the creative dreamers in your community, high school, whatever. Those are the people that tend to try out thirdhand at some point in this crazy business.”

In regards to any projects outside of SWAT, Thomas added that there were several things that he’s really looking forward to doing. “And so you can be rest assured that the things that I’m looking to do, will carry through. I’m excited about the possibilities.”