‘SEAL Team’: How David Boreanaz Feels About ‘Impactful’ Scenes Losing Fellow Soldier on Show

by Lauren Boisvert
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There have been a lot of impactful scenes on “Seal Team,” but there’s one that genuinely affects star David Boreanaz. In 2018, he spoke with Collider on a specific scene from the show and its “haunting” visuals.

When asked about the image of caskets draped in American flags, Boreanaz said, “It is a very strong visual, knowing the circumstances, in passing that. It’s your fallen brothers and you’re lost because there’s no brother left behind.”

There have been a few KIA deaths on “Seal Team”; those have been particularly hard for the characters and also for viewers. The casket image is powerful, and stays with you once the episode is over. It’s a recognizable visual all over America; we know what’s going on there.

“When that happens,” said Boreanaz, “it’s just heavy. Losing a brother is very difficult for them.” He also spoke about what it was like as an actor, playing that moment. “It was a very impactful moment to see that image and be on the other end, behind the eyes of the character, looking at that.”

As for Jason Hayes’ brothers in Bravo, “It changes them forever. They stand together to find out how this happened and take care of it.” Bravo is always there to deal with the difficult missions. As Jason stated in a clip from the upcoming episode, “The world’s always on fire and it’s our job to put it out, that’s what Bravo does.”

In the interview two years earlier, Boreanaz said something similar to his character. “Their job is to take care of it, and they will take care of it,” he said, “but not without some casualties.”

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When speaking about directing an episode from season 2, Boreanaz said, “It’s a different type of show. You’re really there with them.” Truly, “Seal Team” puts viewers right in the action. We feel like a member of the team, like we’re there with them dodging bullets from a broken window.

Boreanaz said that the real-time element is what makes the show; it rarely uses flashbacks, and only when something is really crucial to the plot. “I think that’s really the mark of our show, being with these characters, live and in real-time, in their workplace and in their environment,” Boreanaz said. “You thread in some personal moments and keep that alive with the characters to drive the plot.”

About directing a show that relies heavily on plot instead of character, Boreanaz said, “I don’t like to get involved with plot heavy shows or procedural shows. If you asked me to do ‘Law & Order,’ that’s not me. I’d be so confused. I really would.”