‘Seal Team’ Star David Boreanaz Teases a Tense Rescue Operation

by Matthew Memrick
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David Boreanaz talked about a tense rescue op in a dangerous foreign country right before Sunday’s new “SEAL Team” episode.

The star and producer talked about Jason Hayes’s character and mental state while wading into the team’s upcoming mission for the “Trust But Verify: Part 2” episode.

That dangerous country? You guessed it! It’s North Korea.

“It’s not a capture/kill (but rather a) capture save operation for Bravo team,” Boreanaz said in a recent CBS interview

The situation is so tense and risky based on another factor, the actor said. Basically, no one will be able to fire a single weapon. What?! In a country that real-life President George W. Bush called an “Axis of Evil” country? 

Boreanaz added, “We’re not going to be going in there weapons blazing, we have to get in and out as fast as we can.”

The 52-year-old “SEAL Team” actor also said his character’s traumatic brain injury might come into play with the episode. Showrunners and others have talked about the plotline factor with Season 5. 

Going back to the character development, we’ll also see how TBI will play a massive role in this episode and onward for the rest of the “SEAL Team” season.

The Head Injury Factor

David Boreanaz dove deeper into the TBI struggle.

His Hayes character will give himself a brain injury test, and the man won’t like the results.

“That starts a spiral for him,” Boreanaz added.

The actor said military men and women push themselves in an attempt to avoid addressing their health issues. They want to continue to “operate at full capacity, and failure is not an option, even if they’re not operating at 100 percent.”

Boreanaz said his “SEAL Team” character struggles with this conflict and coming to terms with his physical limitations. The balance between work and the toll it has on his life is a complicated matter.

The actor doesn’t want to give too much away, but he said Episode 2 concludes with a sad moment that transitions to the 9/11-centered “SEAL Team” Episode 3.

Hayes And A Psychoactive Drug?

Current military veterans are turning toward alternative treatments for PTSD.

That’s becoming more evident with the show.

Show writers are working those treatments into the show, tackling the use of the psychoactive drug Ayahuasca. Many service members are turning to it for mental capacity and mental health.

Boreanaz said his “SEAL Team” character will talk with his father to locate a “root of his trauma.” At some point, Hayes will take an Ayahuasca journey. 

Organic Mushrooms may take a spot in the show. Boreanaz said that as service members ingest them to battle depression and fight mental problems. He said the “SEAL Team” show hopes to dive into how they affect people.

“These (people) are suffering, and we’ll dive into that (on the show),” Boreanaz said.