The members of the Bravo Team just lost one of their brothers on the SEAL Team, but that wasn’t something they saw coming. Clay (Max Thieriot) has been trying to figure out his next steps since losing his leg in Season 6, and it seemed like he’d found his calling to help out at Ray’s (Neil Brown Jr.) veterinary center. But right after speaking to a veterinarian, Ben breaks into the Air Force recruiting center and then takes his own life. , Clay was the one holding the gun when a guard showed up, and as a result, the one who received a bullet to the chest. Executive Producer Spencer Hudnut explains why Clay was killed and how everyone will mourn. Bravo will find out what happened in Episode 9, which you can see in the promo below.
Is Clay Dead?
Spencer Hudnut: Clay is dead, yes. Unfortunately, Clay doesn’t make it. I love Max so much. I love this character so much. It’s been such an important part of my life for the past five years. I saw it a hundred times during the editing process and it was very painful every time. It’s heartbreaking and painful and shocking and I’m sure it will upset a lot of people, but it’s disturbing that we’ve gotten to the point where this has to happen. the best decision for the program to move forward.
Is this because of Max’s availability, or did he want to leave?
No, it wasn’t that he wanted to leave. Starting Fire Country development and even going back to the end of Season 5, this cliffhanger was motivated by the fact that there were some questions about whether Max was really going to return for Season 6 at all, and then he wanted to do everything in my power to include Max in the program. job sharing. Fire Country – he created it and it’s number one – it was a priority. Once he left to shoot that, we didn’t want him back. The logistics, [and] how we’d fit them into our shooting schedule in the future because we’re doing short jobs, is torn everywhere. Secondly, it was clear that I would unfortunately not be able to continue the program. So the question was, how do we make sure their game has the most impact? By the time his show was ordered into a series series, we had already written two months and a year and a half, so we were half the season written. We haven’t had six months to decide, ok what’s the best way to do this? He’s in a 22-episode CBS TV show, so it wasn’t possible to continue with him here. We’re all very proud of it and looking forward to it and the show is so good and so successful that it’s going to do this for the next four or five years because ofitofof it of it.
Talk about killing him off in the way that you did. Did you consider any other possibilities?
Yes, there were many ways to get out of character. For a long time,e I thought that maybe he and Stella (Alona Tal), and Brian would move to California and live the life they talk about in this episode. But because of his traumatic leg injury, he has a long way to go to recover, and because the show is so much about veterinary issues and what our men and women in uniform experience when they return home, it felt just wrong. . Send it in and pretend you’re driving the into the sunset, you’ll be fine. That’s not a story worth telling, nor did it seem like it would have that much of an impact on his teammates and the rest of our show. So, unfortunately, yes, it seemed like his death would have the biggest impact. Then the question arose: How do you do that? Her story with Ben is sort of the moment where her story with Swanny comes full circle. (Tony Curran) in Season 2 when he became involved with a troubled vet and unfortunately Swanny took his own life. Here you can prevent Ben from undressing. So I think this is a heroic moment for him. Die like a hero. It’s terrible. The fact that he would be safer on the battlefield with his teammates than at home comes as a bit of a shock. , [for] our men and women in uniform, problems are not only on the battlefield.
You also return home with them. So that was a way to drill that point. Again, because we were so far into the season, there weren’t many scenarios to find another way out. that. But having that connection with Ben and rescuing Ben and letting him out as a hero was important to us. Ray had admitted he was worried about what the next hit on Jason (David Boreanaz) would do about his trauma, especially since Clay was the one who helped him and we saw how Jason blamed himself this season. So how concerned should we be about Bravo 1? He and Clay have always had ups and downs in their relationship, but I think the respect and connection were so evident throughout this season, especially in episode 6, that conversation they had on the hill. I’d admit it eventually, but Jason looks up to Clay in a lot of ways, and Clay looks up to Jason the same way. And Jason blames himself for the death of Adam [Michael Irby] even though he wasn’t on the mission. is a real threat to Jason. Good for Jason is that has opened
People, [and] people understand what’s going on. It has broken down the walls it built in the past. He has a good support group. Everyone on the team will somehow feel like they could have done more for Clay. We’ll explore that in later episodes. Everyone will feel the loss, but also some guilt. Especially since Bravo almost lost him, but he survived and I’m really worried about Sonny (A.Buckley). Yes, Sonny is closest to Clay. Clay is his brother. In the episode where they went into the cabin, we saw how strong this bond and how strong this friendship are. So yes, you are not alone. I think several people in the Bravo family will be more worried about Sonny. Sonny felt like Clay’s caretaker after the injury, and so because he wasn’t there, Sonny will feel a sense of responsibility, a sense of, “If I wasn’t in Syria, I could have prevented this from happening.” It will be a battle for all of them. All of these guys have dealt with losses before, the loss of a teammate, but they’re almost attuned to being able to handle it when it’s on the battlefield and it makes sense. for her. But this is so tragic and again the nature of what happened and you won’t get the full picture for a while. So it will be confusing and it will make it even more annoying for them.
How will Stella handle the grief, and how much will we see?
It will be a big blow to Stella. We were with Stella every step of the way in Episode 601 as she processed the news of the injury. We did it a bit differently in the next few episodes. , but I think his reaction on some levels will surprise people. She will be devastated, she will be heartbroken that she lost her husband. But you get a perspective that some members of the Bravo family value. Ray is planning to retire, but there have been times when it seemed like he might be reconsidering. Will, what happened to Clay play a role in that decision of whether he wants to stay with Jason or if he ever sees the good he can do back home with the vet center? That’s a good question. Unfortunately, given the connection between the vet center and Clay’s death, Ray will feel some guilt, and it kind of stains the vet center for Ray. I will tell that the fallout from Clay’s death and the decisions other members of Bravo are making will affect Ray’s decision to move on, not only in terms of whether or not he wants to retire but whether he wants to go into the may or may not retire.