Covert Affairs Review: The Sun Sets

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Don't RIP Henry Wilcox!

When Annie came face-to face with Henry in the alley, she didn't hesitate. She didn't capture him. And she didn't lose him again. She pulled the trigger and killed Henry.

In Covert Affairs Season 4 Episode 16, this horrible chapter of her life is finally ended. Her personal sacrifice was worth it. She accomplished her goal to make the world a safer place for her friends and for her nation. But where does she go from here?

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When the ruse to use Oliver Lee to capture Henry went wrong in Covert Affairs  Season 4 Episode 15, Annie was left with the option of either letting Henry get away again or use herself as bait.

After all that Annie had given up to get Henry, it wasn't even an option. She picked up the phone and Auggie was there for her.

Annie and Auggie's love life may be in shambles, but their working relationship continues to be intuitive and strong. Auggie is the best handler she has and will ever have. He just knows what she's thinking, what she's going to do, and how to help her. Whether it was sending in an assault team to save her, using a car to stop traffic to slow down Henry, or finding a boat to pick her up. He knows.

Without Auggie's support, there's no way that Annie would have been able to take down Henry or have gotten out of Hong Kong. They were a team from start to finish. This mission helped transition her from being a rogue agent working alone in the dark to accepting help and getting it.

When Annie stood with her gun pointed at Henry, I wasn't sure if she'd pull the trigger or not. Henry definitely didn't expect her to kill him. He wanted to know how she found him. But, she was right, it didn't matter. She shot him in the chest multiple times and killed him. She didn't hesitate at all.

Once the shots were fired, she looked overwhelmed by the enormity of what she had done. This killing will be something that will weigh on her for a long time as shown by her expression as she left the alley and again as she sat on the boat headed out of Hong Kong. Though, that was combined by a sense of relief that she completed what she set out to do as shown by her call to Auggie.

From the awesome opening montage that updated everyone's status to the final moment with Annie sitting reflective on the boat, it was a tense, whirlwind of a journey. At any moment, I feared for the team of Annie, Auggie, Calder and Joan. Would Henry get one or all of them? And, would Annie be captured before she could get Henry.

It wasn't until the closing credits came up that I relaxed. So many people have died due to Henry's actions and it was a relief that he was prevented from taking anyone else. Henry is dead and can no longer cause anyone harm. Though, that doesn't mean his story is over.

It's still not clear what Henry's strategy was or what his end game was. He could have plans in motion that could wreak havoc even from beyond the grave. Why did he back the bomb in Colombia? And, why did he shoot down the plane in Copenhagen? Now that he's dead, will his underlings fight for power?

Eric Braithwaite was another of Henry's casualties. Was he the only one within the CIA that was working with Henry? Or are their others? That investigation could definitely be something that would help get Annie back into the CIA if she wants back in. Plus, with Calder in charge, her reinstatement  is more likely than if an unknown person was in that position.

While there weren't any major cliffhangers, it's going to be a long wait to find out where they all go now. Joan and Arthur are parents to a baby boy and their careers are up in the air. Joan was demoted at the CIA. Arthur's legal troubles should be cleared up, but can he return to the CIA? Or, could he become a stay at home dad? And, Annie ... she should be honored for her actions, but she did go rogue and she's dead. 

Annie, Auggie and Calder were responsible for bringing down one of the biggest traitors in American history. That has to mean something. 


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Man, I'm in withdrawal! Did anyone notice how the writers gave Henry a line about Teo? I have believed Teo's story to be over, that he was dead. But why bring Teo up in the finale, if Teo's story doesn't continue into season 5? I wonder if Teo has been on Henry's payroll for a while. Perhaps Teo being set up in Geneva was an act??? Maybe that was part of Teo's cover with Henry, to act like he was going to assassinate Henry in Geneva, setting up Annie to play heroine and stop him, then Annie would observe his "set up" of launching the missile. Henry let her go to "save him". How did Henry capture Teo to begin with, unless Teo was in on the plan?? Annie took him to the hospital and Henry may have helped him escape. Nevermind, Arthur not seeing the body, Arthur and Joan didn't give Teo a funeral! If Teo is alive and working for Henry, he could be set to take over Henry's organization and that will really devastate Arthur. Henry still wins, He took Arthur's son away. Teo's loyalty is to Henry, not Arthur (Just as Jai chose Arthur over Henry, his father, when he exposed Henry's treason, getting Henry arrested). In every crime organization, there is always someone willing to take over. Annie may have killed the Boss, but there has to be a new one emerging. Could it be Teo? If Teo is not part of Season 5, then I don't understand the reference to him in the finale. Why would the writers bring him up? He has been "dead" for 6+ episodes and no longer relevant, unless he comes back in season 5. If he went Dark, I think it was for Henry's purposes and not for the good of Annie et al and he could be the new antagonist for season 5.


She should have shot him in the head as she was leaving. I hope "Henry" doesn't make a surprise comeback, that would be awful.


What a great finish to an excellent season. I may be in the minority, but enjoyed the complex and intricately woven storylines. I prefer long story arcs and shows that make me think to episodic fluff. I feel that he Henry plot played out to a satisfying conclusion. It was time for him to go --another escape would have seem contrived -- but I will miss Gregory Itzin. What a great character actor! I doubt I'll ever trust any character he plays. Kudos to the writers, the cast and crew. Bring on Season 5!

@ Jo-Ann

normally I agree with you about long story arcs. I don't think a show can be consistently good without them. But, there is a point when a long story arc can go over the top towards the point of being ridiculous. Annie killed Henry, there was no arrest, no justice system, no lawyers, no prosecutors and no judges ... just Annie. It was a fitting end, but it was something I was saying to myself for about 5 episodes now and that was "Just shoot the bastard!"


Great episode. I'm so glad Henry is dead his story was going on to long. I'm sure Annie doesn't regret her decision but I think it will bother her because it wasn't like she was shooting someone in self defense she basically shot him in cold blood even if it was to protect everyone else and her country she's still going to have to deal with stuff afterwards emotionally even though it was the right thing. Auggie is the best he always knows what Annie needs. I'm glad the episode didn't end with a cliffhanger but we still all want to know what's going to happen next. I can't wait till the next season,


i do have to agree that his pulse should've been checked and another bullet. they did this on bones also with pelant now he's coming back in some form that's tv for ya


Huge fan, and liked the ending, but was a little annoyed by: -Annie's being hunted by MSS and Hong Kong police and it never occurs to her to disguise herself? It's bad enough being a tall American woman but for gosh sake and least put on a scarf and different clothes! -How can she not check his pulse after shooting him? Or better yet, a third shot to the head? -She's barely making it out of Hong Kong and just hangs out in the stern and then the bow of the boat like she's on a joy ride? Go below! -Finally, a complaint with the whole season: Bring back the theme song!

@ daddydriz

It's amazing how two people can be so opposite.
I was thinking how refreshing it was that the cheesy theme song was gone. White Collar has the most irritating theme I've ever heard. It's a mute button every time. Covert Affairs seems more sophisticated without it. Theme songs are sooo yesterday. The Neighbors added a theme; it's cheesy. A 1:30 Theme (Gilligan's for example) x 16 episodes x 7 seasons = 2hrs 48 min missing story content. I like it when shows don't use them such as Revenge, OUAT, Nikita, Nashville, Arrow, Revolution, The Mentalist, The Blacklist, Witches of East End, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Chicago Fire, etc. If you want a theme play it at the end over the credits.

@ wizarddrummer

I have to say I do like the theme song too :) though Revenge's approach is good also, they show the ocean and there's like a 5 second music thing that plays.


I think its time for Auggie to go


I think its time for Auggie to be killed off his character just doesn't feel like its needed anymore


After all that, I really hope that Henry is dead. Gregory Itzin made a great villain, but it's time to move onto other stories. It's going to be a very long wait until the summer to find out what happens next.


I could not bear watching the entire episode: Too many idiotic implausibilities. The super agent who beat the daylights out of so many now follows meekly a flabby old man and a single bad guy and becomes so shy that she cannot even shoot him (what was her astute plan anyway when she surrendered herself to Henry?). The Chinese super spy lets himself meekly be captured. The CIA super team attacks Henry's fortress, but leaves the garage exit unmanned. And, as always and utterly ridiculous, a blind man goes through a city by himself and directs operations (in a foreign country!) (we are spared the usual scene of him typing furiously at a computer whose screen he can't see). For the future, to the producers: any plan to introduce some dose of reality in this overblown, heavily and awkwardly plotted show? Why not miraculously giving back the sight to the blind?

@ L1vb

your halarious... i just had a good chuckle. its soo true... they expect us not to notice that shit...

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