Excellent review of an excellent episode.
I really liked the episodes showing Annie's growing physical competance this season. After a weak season start, in the last few episodes They have her taking out folks she should be able to take out, and struggling with people she might logically be expected to have trouble with. I had no problem with Safia using an oar on the guy which allowed Annie to swing the boat and push him overboard. The writing is getting better.
I think you are right on to expect a significant cliffhanger at the end of the next episode. I'd be astonished if there wasn't one to tell the truth.
What might it be? Fun question. There are, in theory, countless possibilities. However, with Joan and Arthur currently doing well domestically, absent Annie getting shot (over used lately in major series), Joan or Auggie being captured by enemy agents, or something out of left field related to Ben (which I do not expect), two of the most obvious based on the series to date are to leave Annie and Danielle's relationship up in the air after Annie discloses she works for the CIA (which looks like it's going to happen sooner rather than later), or something related to the Liza Hern leak/Henry Wilcox's treason, and Jai's choice between loyalty to his Dad or his country.
Definitely looking forward to episode 10. The gap to the next six, not so much though it's better than waiting the better part of a year.
The big cliffhanger is renewal of the series. I expect it based on ratings, but they haven't done it yet.
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