Chris Gorham of Covert Affairs Talks About Season 3, an Auggie and Annie Romance, Flashbacks, Webisodes and More

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USA’s hit series Covert Affairs returns this Tuesday July 10 at 10pm with what is sure to be an action-packed new season. Chris Gorham, who plays Auggie on the show, took time out of his busy shooting day to talk to TV Equals and other journalists about the big changes that are coming to the series this season, Auggie and Annie’s relationship, the upcoming webisodes and more.

On the big changes coming this season

Chris Gorham: It’s the same show, but the storytelling is really different. It’s much more serialized than it’s been before. We have one mission that everyone’s kind of working on in their own way that lasts the whole first 10 episodes. Annie’s working an op [with] a guy – and that relationship, and that operation – lasts for the whole first season. So the show has turned into really something that you’re gonna wanna watch live, that you don’t wanna miss, because at the end of every episode there’s this huge revelation. Our writers, Chris and Matt and the whole team, really took a lot of time in the off-season making sure that all of the pieces fit and that everything fits together at the end, and everything happens for a reason.

I felt like in the second season we were really trying to make everything bigger, and in the third season I really feel like we’re just trying to go deeper with everything and get more complex. Which I think makes the show better. I think it’ll be interesting. I mean, the first episode is huge, and kind of changes everything, and changes everything for the entire season. So it’ll be really interesting to see what the audience reaction is and how they respond to the new tone of the show. One of the realities of the CIA is that it’s a dangerous place to work, and anything can happen, and there are consequences to your actions. And so we really see that this year.

On exploring a relationship between Auggie and Annie this season

Chris Gorham: The other thing is, [the show] goes deeper than we’ve gone before. All the emotional stuff is bigger; there’s an urgency to this year that we didn’t have as much last season. We kind of opened the door to the Annie and Auggie relationship at the end of Season Two, and so we’re exploring . I mean, we explore that, and it’s, to me, in a way that’s very real for who those two people are right now, and you know, they’ve both have very complicated lives, and the fact that Auggie’s blind has allowed us to play with the relationship in a way that you can’t do with any two other characters and it’s a lot of fun, you know, for us to do. Episode 3 is a big Auggie episode for that – big relationship stuff there. Episode 3 is bathing suits on the beach, Episode 2 is Annie and Auggie in a hotel room.

On the relationship between Auggie and Jai this season

Chris Gorham: Yeah, it’s really interesting. I think their relationship at the end of last season had really fallen apart. It’s always fun for Sendhil and I to play together, because with those two characters they don’t really like or trust each other, but they do have a respect for each other. At the end of last year, Jai poached two of Auggie’s top guys and basically burned that bridge. So we do have what I think is a really interesting follow-up to that reality now, in this season. It’s good. I think at the end of the day, with the Auggie-Jai relationship, and with Jai in general, I think people, you know, it’s not always what it seems. So, there are surprises there. I don’t know all the details about it even yet, but I’ve [heard] enough rumblings that I think it’s gonna be an interesting resolution to what was started last year.

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On the webisodes

Chris Gorham: The webisodes take place a year before Annie comes to the CIA, and follow Auggie on one of his early missions as a handler. Like, you know, recently after he’d been promoted by Joan to his current job that we see on the show. So he’s not quite as good with his Braille and his laser cane, and all of the stuff. He’s learned very quickly, but he’s only a little over a year away from recovering from his injury and he’s doing what is still a very new job. So it’s been fun, kind of going in and finding ways to show where he was a year before Annie joined us, and where we first met Auggie. So there’s gonna be a lot of little details that we have in there that are gonna be fun for fans, and fans of Auggie for sure. There’re five of them, and they’ll be aired with the first five episodes. And they’re a branching narrative. So it’s interactive – it’s kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure thing. So within each webisode there are two points [where] the audience can choose where the story goes. Yeah, so that’s been kind of fun. And then at the end of those five weeks, a linear version is gonna be available on Video-On-Demand.

On whether or not Auggie will be going into the field this season

Chris Gorham: He is. In the second episode, Annie and Auggie go on a mission together. Yeah, they go on a mission together and they have to pretend that they’re married. That’s their cover – is that they’re a married couple. So that’s fun. [LAUGH] And that’s the stuff that we shot in Barcelona. So far we’ve been to Morocco, which was for a couple different episodes I think, and then Barcelona for the second episode with Piper and I, and then Puerto Rico.

On seeing more flashbacks into Auggie’s past this season

Chris Gorham: We have an episode this year, I don’t remember which one, we learned a little bit more about Auggie right after the accident. Where he opens up and reveals a bit about really how hard it was for him. You know, that as together and accomplished as he is now, there was a point after he lost his sight where he was really hurting. So we’re gonna see a bit of that this season.

Catch an all-new season of Covert Affairs on Tuesday, July 10 and 10pm on USA Network.