[Editor's Note: There are a few spoilers for the season in this post. Be forewarned!]
There are only 12 episodes remaining before "Chuck" goes off into that good night (including one airing tonight), but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of twists and turns still to come, at least according to executive producer Chris Fedak.
"Each episode will change," Fedak told reporters on Wednesday. "From the episode that comes on Friday night, we will end in a far different place than where we began, and by the end of [next week's episode], things will have changed again. So it’s like this season, every episode will be different, and by the end of each episode, the dynamic and the core dynamic of the show will be changing."
So far, this has definitely been a season of change, with Morgan as the "intersect" and Chuck relying more and more on his computer geek skills (and no, Fedak won't say if Chuck ends up getting it back).
"We wanted to have more fun this season, going back to the season 1 and season 2 'Chuck' where things were difficult and complicated and he had to come up with his own Chuck solutions to problems," he said. "[In previous seasons], as we had Chuck doing more and more 'Chuck Fu,' and fun intersect stuff, we got away from the computer side of Chuck."
So in the first few episodes of this season, "we’re going to have a lot of fun with, you know, going back to Chuck as being the amazing computer guy. Zachary Levi directed episode five of this season, which is called 'Chuck vs. the Hack Off,' and it’s probably one of the nerdier episodes we’ve ever done but it’s got some amazing hacking sequences."
Of course, the "Nerd Herd" was around before most people even knew of such a thing as nerd culture, and Fedak reflected on how "Chuck" seemed to be the right show at the right time.
"Chuck came on at a very specific time where everyone was really getting to know their IT officer at work," he said. "It’s an amazing age we live in right now where everything is changing to such an extent that the people that make computers are running the computer companies and those on the nerdier side of the world are famous as well. They’re people that we look up to. Chuck Bartowski was there in 2007 as kind of a hero for this group. So I think that it’s neat to see the things that Chuck is obsessed about, and that we were obsessed about here at the show, are things that are changing the world right now."
Big guest stars have been part of "Chuck's" legacy as well, and Friday night's episode guest stars "The Matrix's" Carrie Ann Moss (in a season that's already seen Mark Hamill and Craig Kilborn), while Cheryl Ladd has landed the role of Sarah's mother.
"Cheryl is wonderful and warm and caring and fantastic as her mother," said Fedak. "And this is an episode we’re cutting at the moment. And yes, for the Sarah Walker fanatics out there, it will be your favorite episode ever."
As for Moss, next week will see a fight between her and Adam Baldwin's Casey, which Fedak called "the most erotically charged thing we’ve ever done on the show."
As if that wasn't enough in the way of spoilers, Fedak dropped this bomb: "By episode five, we're going to see Lester in prison."
Meanwhile, that final episode is creeping up on Fedak, and the show's writers. In fact, it's something they're working on right now.
"I’ve always been a person who enjoys an ending that feels more like a prologue than an epilogue," he said, though he's not sure if that will be how "Chuck" ends.
"We’ve built this season to be a final chapter," he said. "[We want] to take our characters to a really exciting end point. Comic. Tragic. Exciting. And, that’s the great thing, and it's the best of both worlds to be able to take a fifth season of the show and to tell that final story. I couldn’t be more excited."
I love Chuck! And I love that a series involving Adam Baldwin wasnt tanked after the first season or tanked the season he signed on!
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