The Thursday, Nov. 13 episode of “Covert Affairs” ended with quite the cliffhanger. Christopher Gorham has spoken to reporters about stepping behind the camera once again, what’s coming up this season for Auggie and more.
Gorham called the end of the episode “shocking,” and there’s really no other way to describe it. In this week’s “Covert Affairs,” “Starlings of the Slipstream,” Auggie was taken, though he did put up quite the fight, but considering his watch is on the ground and was run over by the van, there is something for the others to start from when they start looking. “Just as a small personal note, I would like to extend my condolences to Auggie’s watch, which I grew very attached to and was very sad to see crushed under the wheel of a van,” Gorham said at the end of the conference call.
The actor also teased that “pieces in this episode…pay off later,” so you might want to go back and rewatch it. “Auggie tends to get himself in trouble when his emotions get away from him. I think we’ve seen that multiple times over the years. Where we find him at the beginning of this episode is a perfect example,” he explained. “That being said, at the end of this episode, he’s left without the ability to control much of his fate. He’s kind of at the mercy of others and is in real trouble. That being said, he of all of our characters I think is as equipped as anyone could be to handle it, but it’s tough. He gets put in a really tough spot.”
This isn’t going to be an easy season for Auggie, who has lost some friends, which “takes its toll mentally.” Not only that, but Gorham also previewed, “he has a high physical price to pay as well in these remaining episodes, which leaves him in a new place for Auggie by the end of the season.”
Ryan and Auggie met in this week’s episode as well, something that Gorham enjoyed directing. “I think it was nice to see those guys interact because it’s a complicated relationship. You have the two men who, at this point in our story, care the most about Annie in the world. These are her two rocks. This is her ex-lover and her love right now and they’re trying to navigate it, and they’re trying to be grownups and they’re trying not to be competitive, but some of that bleeds through and you just can’t help it,” he shared. “It’s complicated, which makes it really fun to watch and fun to direct.”
This is the longest that he has played one character. “One of the unexpectedly rewarding things about it is that we’ve been able to continue to find new facets to his personality and to his life and it’s fun to keep digging,” he said. “We have an episode coming up where we get an Auggie flashback where we reveal more about his backstory, and being able to dig that deep, which you only get by doing five, six years of a series, is a real privilege.”
Gorham also talked about how Annie and Auggie’s relationship, which he called “the heart of the show,” has changed. She’s the first person since the guy he serve with in the military with whom he has felt “a real kinship, with whom he’s felt like he’s found a true peer and a true friend, someone who can really understand what he’s going through.” Their relationship has evolved from mentor/student to peers, a transition he sees as one of the reasons that their relationship has been strained. “I think that transition from student to peer is always a tricky one and can be tough on both people, and I think that’s probably part of what’s caused the tension that clearly exists now. Then, lately, Auggie’s just been losing a lot of friends, and that’s really hard because I think his friends, especially his military brothers, are really his family. I think there’s a reason why we’ve never met his extended family and that’s because I think his brothers-in-arms are his family.”
As for the directing angle, he likes that he gets to be “the guide for the audience.” “The joy of directing is that you get to expand that out and now you get to influence the storytelling of the entire episode, not just your individual character and your individual scenes,” he explained.
As for the future of “Covert Affairs,” Gorham hopes that this isn’t the last season. “I think we don’t end the season on a cliffhanger in the traditional sense, so it could be the end, but it’s not the end that I think the audience would be happy with, and it’s certainly not how we would want to wrap up these characters’ stories,” he explained.
Covert Affairs season 5 airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. on USA Network.