Part 2 of Covert Affairs' fourth season can be summed up in one word: dark. And we're not just talking about Piper Perabo's new brunette locks.
"There's a grittier, darker feel to these six episodes with Annie [Perabo] off the grid," executive producer Matt Corman tells TVGuide.com. "I think we've always seen the show as an evolution of a spy. We thought it'd be interesting in these six episodes to unplug her and put her completely on her own without her safeguards of the agency. And when you're on your own, things aren't easy."
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Also expect Annie to draw inspiration from having watched Calder (Hill Harper) and Teo (Manolo Cardona) in the field. "Even things that she saw them do ... and things that they did to people — she ends up sort of behaving like them because those are her examples of strong guys who get it done no matter what," Perabo says. "It gets kind of dark. Not just the hair! ... The hair is a total metaphor!"Christopher Gorham) are still the only ones in on Annie's secret and the former frenemies and alpha males try to put their differences aside to come up with a way to help her as much as they can. Calder also has to deal with Henry, who's very impressed with how he killed Annie, and will prove to live by the "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" adage. "Calder will ingratiate himself with Henry in a very interesting way. There's a plan of attack," Corman says. "That [relationship] with Henry is something he hopes to take advantage of." Kari Matchett), who's returned to the DPD in a demoted position, and Arthur (Peter Gallagher) find out Annie's alive? Not for a bit. "When I read [Episode] 11 ... I was shocked that not everybody knew," Perabo says. "That puts incredible strain between [everyone]. Those that do [know] have slightly different opinions on whether to reach out or not." 5. A finale shocker: Corman and Ord promise closure on Henry in the finale, which will also reveal the DCI head and is chock-full of so many twists that Perabo had to tell her mom. "Literally I called my mom, like, 'Guess what?!'" she says. "[Episodes] 15 and 16 are so exciting. ... You don't really see the full flash of Henry's world until the very end."Additional reporting by Kate StanhopeCovert Affairs returns Thursday at 10/9c on USA.