‘Seal Team’: Here’s What May Be Causing Jason’s Headaches

by Anna Dunn
“Nine Ten” – As members of Bravo team travel to New York City, they reflect on a day that shaped each of their lives forever, on the CBS Original series SEAL TEAM, Sunday, Oct. 24 (10:30-11:30 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 PM, PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured: David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes. Photo: screengrab/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Jason’s been getting some gnarly headaches on the newest season of SEAL Team. The character, played by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Bones actor David Boreanaz, has been a crucial part of the show since its start. The headaches have some people worried about Jason and his future on the show. So what may be causing them?

It’s already clear that these headaches could become a major plot point later in the year on SEAL Team. They already have Jason’s team members very worried about him. If these severe headaches get bad enough that he’s not up to par physically, Jason could even be stripped of his title. Because these headaches aren’t just headaches. Concerningly, he’s also showing signs of memory loss.

Some think that Jason is suffering from a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). It could explain the memory loss and could be caused by more strenuous work in the field. Traumatic Brain Injuries are a risk of dangerous work like what Jason does, and so far, his symptoms seem to match.

‘SEAL Team’ Characters are Calling the Headaches ‘Mental Glitches’

In a promo for SEAL Team, the team starts calling Jason Hayse’s headaches “mental glitches.” The combination of memory loss along with headaches is seriously worrying the rest of the team. It seems to keep getting worse with every episode.

We don’t know exactly why they’re caused, but executive producer Spencer Hudnut explained a potential reason in an interview with TV Insider.

“We examine what years of combat in the War on Terror has done to [soldiers]. For Bravo 1, Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz), the result has been debilitating headaches. Jason keeps an eye on this situation to make sure he’s able to operate,” he said.

David Boreanaz also discussed the headaches before the season came out.

“It’s a reminder to the audience that Jason is not this guy that can take on all this and come out perfect on the other end,” he said. “It’s a reminder of the casualties of war and how that weighs on a person who’s dealing with that.”

So it doesn’t look like this problem is going away any time soon. Jason Hayse’s health crisis is here to stay. How much further it will go and how much it’ll put his job in jeopardy is anyone’s guess.

Hopefully, this doesn’t spell the end of David Boreanaz’s time on the show. Boreanaz is fiercely passionate about the show and using his platform to advocate for real-life veterans. When SEAL Team was on the verge of cancellation, it was Boreanaz who campaigned for the series to get renewed. Now, SEAL Team is renewed, with episode 4 being its last CBS episode before it moves to Paramount +.