Burn Notice Creator Teases "Emotional Consequence" of Shocking Death

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Burn Notice killed off a major character on last week's "Shock Wave," leaving fans with one pressing question: NOW WHAT?

Heading in to this Thursday's follow-up episode (previewed below), TV Fanatic spoke with creator Matt Nix and got an idea of what lies ahead on Burn Notice Season 6 and beyond...


Does Nate's death signal a darker turn in the show?
I'd say yes and no. We actually have some really fun episode coming up with some real humor. And it's not that going forward everybody mopes around a lot. At the same time, over the course of all of our seasons, the serialized storytelling is always more kind of serous and emotionally impactful than the self-contained aspects of the show.

But, it's not like I woke up in the morning and was like 'Okay, now this is going dark.' But to the extent that emotional consequences continue, it's sort of unavoidable.

Will Michael ever have a complete resolution to being burned?
The short answer is yes, Anson is the last guy. But I have always said conspiracies involve multiple people, the idea that he was burned by an organization… there were multiple people in that organization. Now that organization has been wrapped up with Anson. But, that does not mean that there are not complications, vis-a-vis the intelligence world - let's just say Michael isn't going to hold back in trying to figure out who killed his brother.

Will wee see Fiona's prison contact again now that she is getting out early?
Yes, you do see Ayn again. It's actually been really fun this season. I feels like suddenly a door has been unlocked and we get to run outside play. But yes, she does show up again in a different capacity.

How do you come up with the tricks they do? Are they real or made up?
Oh, no everything would work or does work in theory. We do fudge it a little bit, but Michael's a super spy so he can do that. For example, in the first season of the show, Lucy Lawless' character, Evelyn, removes the trigger bar spring from Michael's SIG Sauer and he has a bobby pin that he repairs the trigger bar spring with. So the standard we help ourselves to was to do it. Our prop guy did it in about two minutes, but Michael did it in about 45 seconds.

If Burn Notice does get a seventh season would you definitely be looking for it to be the last?
Looking for it would be a strong term. I mean, If you'd asked me that last season, I would've said, 'how many more of these can we do?' But now this season has breathed some new creative life into the show for all of us - for the actors, for the writers, for me. And so the fact that we've been able to do this new kind of storytelling that we haven't done a lot of before has been really exciting.

Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Burn Notice Quotes

Sam: What can I do?
Michael: I just hacked Brennen's cell. I e-mailed you everything on it. I need you to comb through the addresses, text messages and phone calls.
Sam: You wanna know what Brennen's after.
Michael: I wanna know everything. I wanna know who his buyer is, where he's got Nate, what brand of orange juice he drinks in the morning.
Sam: I'm on it.
Michael: And you'd better hurry. 'Cause I get the feeling Brennen's got the Westen brothers fitted for body bags.

Sam: You got the pickup-location, Mikey?
Michael: Train tracks on 10th Street. Looks like the meeting is gonna be on the move so no one can hit it.
Sam: Have to hit it on the move then.

Burn Notice Music

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Song CMP5131 Out Of Range Noizy Ninja