“Covert Affairs” Season 5 kicked off with a bang — literally — after an explosion took out the DPD’s secret Chicago office in last week’s premiere, but while Annie (Piper Perabo) is attempting to pick up the pieces and figure out who’s behind the brazen attack, she also has to keep her mysterious new health issue a secret from those closest to her. Former lover and reinstated handler Auggie (Chris Gorham) already seems suspicious of what Annie might be holding back after her four months off the grid, but she’s clearly learned a few tricks in her time away.
Matters are further complicated by Ryan McQuaid (Nic Bishop), the enigmatic CEO of McQuaid Security. He’s already offered Arthur (Peter Gallagher) a job and now he’s set his sights on Annie, but is he friend or foe? Variety has an exclusive clip from Tuesday’s episode that may (or may not) shed some light on that lingering question — check it out below.
Ryan is a purposefully ambiguous character at this point, but in our recent interview with creators Chris Ord and Matt Corman, the showrunners shared one tidbit about his motivations: “Especially this season, we’re exploring the idea of having it all: can you really have a work and a personal life? McQuaid’s somebody who not only believes you can have it all, but actually does have it all. He loves what he does. He loves what it brings him, and I think for us, that’s a refreshing character to bring on the show, someone who is so engaging in that way,” said Ord.
Despite Ryan’s status as a potential new love interest for Annie, Auggie is still very much a part of our heroine’s life, and he’s well aware that all might not be as it appears with his ex. “He’s intuitive and he senses there may be more going on, but he’s also treading carefully — don’t forget, he’s had secrets of his own, some of which he’s kept from Annie, so he knows that the life of a spy is all about secrets,” Corman teased. “So he’s coming from a place of wanting to understand her and wanting to help her, but right from the beginning, he senses that there’s something more to her story. Just because you beat a polygraph doesn’t mean you’re not withholding.”