‘SEAL Team’ Recap: Season 6 Episode 8 — Max Thieriot as Clay

The following contains major spoilers for the November 6 episode The SEAL teamwhich is now streaming on Paramount+.

In the eighth episode The SEAL team Season 6, Life Beyond the Wire things were starting to look really good for Clay Spenser (played by Max Thieriot) when he suggested to his wife Stella (Alona Tal) that they blow up their family’s three-meter world, put Vah Beach in the rearview mirror and start a new life far from it doesn’t work, Green Team and company.

But ever since Clay told Jason before the Mali operation that he planned to shut down the operation, the red flag had been flying so high. Clay’s sweet talk with Stella was interrupted by a call from Ben, the depressed guy he met at Ray and Naima’s vet center the week before. Clay heads out into the night to find Ben about to vandalize a military recruiting center. And when Clay talks Ben into destroying the place, Ben pulls out a gun to point at his own head.

Clay cleverly managed to talk Ben into ending his own life and took the gun out of his hand. But then the security guard’s flashlight suddenly illuminated the men, revealing a gun in one hand of Clay and a frightened-looking Ben in the other. The guard quickly pumped two bullets into Clay, who fell to the ground and died on the spot as Ben slipped into the night.

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“Easy day.”

After a screening of this week’s episode, TVLine got on the phone with showrunner Spencer Hudnut to talk about how vet Thieriot’s new series Land of fire role affected Clay’s fate and how Bravo handles this bombshell before heading into a very dangerous missing person in the two-part season finale (airing Nov. 13-20).

TVLINE | Spencer, my feelings about you as a showrunner are very good complicated.
Yes, I can imagine that. That’s how I feel about myself sometimes, so…

TVLINE | CBS has ordered a pilot for Max Land of fire in early February, it was ordered into the series in mid-May. At what point in the development process of this show did that happen The SEAL team “off ramps” are starting to take shape?
It really started towards the end of season 5; there were some questions about whether Max would return for season 6, so the season 5 cliffhanger [in Mali] he was somewhat dictated by it. And how Land of fire As we went through each progress check mark, it became increasingly clear that there was a real possibility that we would lose Max at some point. So in terms of the story that we came up with for Clay this season, we knew we were going to have to keep him separate from the team to maximize how much we could get out of Max before he left.

Land of fire

“Land of Fire”

According to the decision [to kill off Clay]…. I really kicked the can down the road as far as I could, hoping that Max wouldn’t leave the show and that we would keep him. It was maybe after a month Land of fire was picked up [to series] that it was clear that Max was leaving. Everyone was talking about how he could do both shows, but it was very clear that was not the case.

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TVLINE | That as ambitious as Max wanted to be, it just wasn’t sustainable.
It wasn’t. He shoots [Fire Country] in vancouver is the star of this show we were runner up… Our seasons don’t line up and now we’re doing short orders… I’m sitting here right now breaking season 7 so how can I include Clay who doesn’t know if/when /how can we get him back? It was really only after that Land of fire they got the green light for the series that we had to face that reality and at that point we had already cut most of the season and written half of it. We were kind of boxed in.

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TVLINE | So… there was a scenario where CBS Land of fire is DOA at premiere and Max quits two work places.
It was a possibility, but in truth, I really believed in it Land of fire since Max first talked to me about it. It’s a great show. If I thought it had a shot at tanking, I might have made a different decision about Clay’s fate, but I’m pretty sure this show will be on CBS for years. I’m really proud of Max and I’m looking forward to seeing him, but at the end of the day I have to do what’s best for him The SEAL team, and I felt like if he was going to leave, his leaving had the biggest impact on the show and the team, was my responsibility. but [killing off Clay] it was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in this series, by a long shot.


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