‘Covert Affairs’ Rocked by Shocking Death — With More to Come!

by | July 17, 2012 at 9:44 AM | Covert Affairs

Piper Perabo and Sarah Clarke in 'Covert Affairs' (Photo: Steve Wilkie/USA Network)

Take cover! More deaths are coming to “Covert Affairs.”

As if the traumatizing July 10 premiere weren’t bad enough — shocking viewers with a big death … [spoiler alert] the assassination of Jai (Sendhil Ramamurthy)!

CIA Agent Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) and her pal Auggie (Christopher Gorham) are thrown for a loop in the wake of Jai’s death — and their new mission is to find out just what it was that Jai discovered that led to his permanent termination.

“It was a hard decision,” “Covert” co-creator Chris Ord told TV Guide of offing the character. “We love Sendhil as a person and as an actor, but in order to prove there are real stakes here, we had to do it. … It was extremely hard telling him. He’s such a great guy and such a great actor.”

“Just goes to show that all bets are off this season,” costar Christopher Gorham told “The Insider.” “The stakes of everything that’s going on with the missions and emotionally with the characters are so much higher. And the repercussions for what happens in the premiere are felt throughout the rest of the season.”

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Tonight’s episode focuses on the gang dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy. Ihe immediate fallout results in Annie and Auggie being reassigned. That’s where “24′s” Sarah Clarke comes in as Lena Smith, Annie’s new bad-ass boss. Meanwhile, Auggie replaces Jai as director of Special Projects.

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And no, it wasn’t a covert ploy.

“Yes, he’s really dead,” co-creator Matt Corman confirms to TV Guide. “In the world of our show, when people die, they’re dead. There’s nothing up our sleeve here.”

While Jai may be really gone, his death and the mystery surrounding the who and the why he was offed — and if anyone else (Annie?) was secretly targeted — will carry through Season 3.

“We can’t say what he found out, but it is something big and it will unravel slowly,” Corman explains to TV Guide. “This season we’re doing a lot more long-arc storytelling.”

Gorham adds, “The fans who’ve been watching the show are really going to enjoy the serialization of this season…there’s an overarching mystery we’re trying to unravel that goes from episode 1 through episode 10.”

As for the body count, Gorham teases it’s still on the rise.

“There’s a real price to pay with the job they do, and we’re reminding the audience of that this season – this is a dangerous job and sometimes bad things happen. Fans should know there are a couple more deaths coming!”

“Covert Affairs” airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on the USA Network.