Burn Notice comes back with a bang Thursday! The two-hour mid-season premiere follows the crew on an escape mission out of Panama, and Jeffrey Donovan was on hand to tell TV Equals all about the premiere during a conference call. Below are spoilers for the episode, so if you don’t want to know what happens, take the necessary precautions.
What’s next for Michael?
Michael now knows who burned him and is deep into revenge business when it comes to the death of his brother Nate (Seth Peterson). But now that Michael doesn’t really have any reason to stay in the spying game, what will be Michael’s next chapter? Donovan said that what will come down the line is more personal business.
“I think what’s tough for this show is the title. You know, [the term] Burn Notice was not only an unfamiliar word to me but I think to most fans until they understood what the show was about. And it’s kind of like calling the show Escape from the Moon and after the sixth season they got off the moon. Well what next? I think that the fans are going to love this last part of Season 6 because it focuses on Nate’s death, finding that killer and bringing him to justice,” said Donovan.
“…I think that you’ll see a more of a hell bent Michael, more personal than you’ve seen him try to kind of navigate the waters towards getting back in with the CIA and Burn Notice. And then at the end of the season, you know, it’s a bit of a cliffhanger,” he said. “There’s a huge event that happens between Michael and Fiona that will propel Season 7 which if all goes as planned, will be a very different kind of Burn Notice because of the trajectory but no less kind of dangerous for Michael. But I think it’ll be more personal next year than it will be professional.”
Creating Michael and Fiona’s relationship
One of the big things that will be tested by the stress of finding Nate’s killer is Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and Michael’s relationship. Donovan talked about how their strong relationship is created onscreen.
“[We] Spend as little time with each other off the set,” he said. “You know, when you play a role like Michael and Fiona, there is an intimacy and a kind of spark that I think is hard to maintain over seven years when you spend every, you know, working hour with them and then every social hour with them. So we do our best to never lay eyes on each other after work.”
Making realistic action
During the premiere, you’ll see a lot of punches, a lot of electrical shocks, a lot blood and a lot of spit. Donovan talked about creating realistic, entertaining action.
“Well thank God the camera can lie because, you know, we’re safe and nothing’s happening to us. But kind of imagining all of that violence kind of coming down on us it’s, you know, I’m sure every young boy has been in a fight. I certainly as growing up, quite a few, lost as many as I won,” said Donovan. “And you kind of just channel all of those kinds of bruises and punches that you had over the years and put it into that kind of – that emotion, you know? It’s not that hard to imagine yourself getting beat up.”
Michael’s relationship with Gray
After you see the premiere, you might be a little shocked when it seems like Michael will be begrudgingly working with is brother’s killer, Tyler Gray (Kenny Johnson), but Donovan said there’s more in store.
“Well I think you’re going to be in for a big surprise with Gray. And it’s going to be very shocking. So – you’ll realize after you see what happens, why that’s kind of a difficult question to answer,” he said. “But I will say that the relationship that Michael has with Gray and Card [John C. McGinley] is going to turn Michael down a path that even Sam will question Michael’s integrity. And I think that’s what the fans are going to really be interested in is how dark will Michael go? And I think that the fans are going to kind of enjoy seeing Michael go down a very dark path and that’s what’s going to be enjoyable about the rest of the season.”
The premiere of Burn Notice airs Thursday, November 8 at 9/8c on USA.