How ‘SEAL Team’ Ended on Major Cliffhanger Before Moving Over to Paramount+

by Lauren Boisvert
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Last night’s “Seal Team” episode marked the start of a three part arc taking place in West Africa. It also marked the start of the “Seal Team” switch to Paramount+. Starting with episode 5, all subsequent “Seal Team” episodes will air on Paramount+.

But, as for last night’s episode, there was a major cliffhanger at the end that stunned fans. After clearing out a terrorist headquarters, Jason spots something among a wall of photos; it’s former CIA liaison Mandy Ellis held captive. In season 3, Mandy gave up the location of a CIA asset to save Bravo Team, resulting in her demotion. She now does field interrogations for the CIA, as far as Bravo Team knows. So, what is her picture doing on the wall in a terrorist hideout?

Chances are, the mission will be extended in order to find Mandy, if she’s still alive. This event is most likely the catalyst for the arc, and we’ll be seeing how this plays out on Paramount+.

Now that “Seal Team” is on a streaming service instead of a network, they can go deeper into uncomfortable themes. The new episodes will most likely be darker, edgier, and grittier than previous episodes. And there’s no longer as strict of a time limit; episodes can be a full hour long, no commercials, and tell their stories in full they way they want to. All in all, it sounds like a good move for “Seal Team.” You’d think fans would be thrilled that they’re going to have this creative freedom.

‘Seal Team’ Fans Discuss Their Plans for Sticking With the Show

A surprising number of fans on Twitter said they’re not planning to watch the rest of the season now that it’s on Paramount+. 43% said in a poll on TV Line that they’re not sticking with it, while 40% said they were. Overall, that’s pretty close, but I’m sure producers and showrunners hope everyone stays.

That’s just not the case. When you make a huge change like this, one you’re asking fans to pay money for, you have to expect that some fans will refuse.

“Sad to say a big no for me,” commented one former fan. “This was my new favorite show Seasons 1 & 2. I gave up watching 1/3 of the way into this year’s episode 1 and have no plans to start again. What was a show providing insight into the Elite military life is now just a very whiny soap opera.”

Another fan wrote, “I resent the coercion! We have Paramount+ but this move is heavy handed! How can we afford to pay for every service?”

True, there’s kind of a monopoly on television with all these networks coming out with streaming services. Where once you’d pay for cable and get them all, now you have to pay for each on individually. It’s a costly way to keep up with favorite shows, but at least Paramount+ is on the cheaper side at $5 a month.