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The Last Ship Postmortem: Eric Dane Breaks Down That Sizzling Moment

And what it means for Chandler moving forward

Merrill Barr

On this week's The Last Ship, Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) let his softer side come out as he shared a kiss with the latest addition to the Nathan James' crew, Sasha Cooper (Bridget Regan). The moment occured after the crew narrowly escaped a minefield at sea, set by the pirates holding the crew's kidnapped members for ransom.

Speaking with TVGuide.com, Dane broke down the pivotal moment between Chandler and Sasha, saying, "I think it's time for Chandler to move on. He's been mourning his wife for an appropriate amount of time. Sasha's somebody that's been in his life prior to that relationship and is a familiarity to him."

When asked if this new relationship would cause problems on the ship given Tom's strict adherence to Navy regulation that prevents romantic relationships among crew members, Dane simply stated, "I don't think The Navy signs off on that."

The Last Ship: Enemies unite... kind of.

Dane went on to add that he believes fans are seeing a softer side of Tom this year. "[Tom] feels responsible for every soul aboard that ship. At the beginning of the season there was a moment of exhale. The country was sort of rebuilding. Things were getting kind of put back together again. Then his crew gets kidnapped, and there's an outbreak in China." Adding, "It's becoming overwhelming for him because he let his guard down. He really is kind of taking things not only personally, but harder."

Finally, when asked if the rest of the season would continue featuring Tom on land, Dane stated, "For sure. I get on The James in Episode 2 and then I get off The James in Episode 4. Then I get back on The James and then I get off The James in Episode 6 or 7. Then the ending of the season takes place on land."

Sounds like fans have a lot more land-locked (and lip locked?) action to look forward to!

The Last Ship airs Sundays at 9/8c on TNT.