'SEAL Team' Season 4 Premiere: What Happened to Bravo in Season 3?

CBS' military drama SEAL Team returns tonight at 9 p.m. ET. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming for the third season was cut short, and fans are expecting the new season to pick up where the last left off.

In the unexpected last episode of season three "No Choice in Duty," the Bravo Team found out they were able to work together successfully without Jason Hayes' (David Boreanaz) leadership, and Hayes finally kissed Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré), paying off a longtime will-they-or-won't-they romance for the military drama.

In the last episode, Jason and Mandy go to pay respect to a widow, whose husband was an informant to Bravo and was murdered in the episode "In The Blind." The widow lashes out at Mandy for being involved in her husband's death (he was killed for helping Americans), and Jason pulls her out of the house. While they're away, the team learns of an opportunity to find the terrorist Azfaar Al-Hazred, and Ray Perry (Neil Brown Jr.) takes the lead in Jason's absence. Upon Jason and Mandy's return, Hayes is angry to not be on the mission with the rest of team. After they successfully navigate a cave-in, the crew celebrate the mission's success, and a conversation with Ray leads to Jason's smooch with Mandy, according to the SEAL Team fandom wiki.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic left fans unsure where the season would go, but Boreanaz teased what could be coming in season four in an interview with TV Line. "I think that people will be very surprised by what may happen in the next episode," he said.

Boreanaz hinted at Jason and Mandy's relationship having a big impact on some of the episodes that had to be left on the sideline due to COVID. In an interview with TV Insider before the season four premiere episodes, Boreanaz said, "It's looked at from the perspective of what their relationship is, what it has been and what it could be."

"No Choice in Duty" also marked the return of Sonny Quinn (AJ Buckley) to Bravo. According to MeAww, the penultimate episode saw Sonny coming to terms with his home in Texas and his relationship with his father (John Savage). The fandom wiki notes that Sonny had considered making his permanent home in Texas in the episode "In The Blind." Fortunately for fans who wanted to see him back in action with the rest of Bravo, Sonny's dad told him to return to his military career and be with his team.

While the new season will hopefully address fans' questions, showrunner Spencer Hudnut told TV Line that the military drama will not address the COVID-19 pandemic. "We talked about it, and because we have to finish what we started, to all of the sudden be in a pandemic world felt wrong," he said.

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Actor David Boreanaz attends the screening of CBS' "Seal Team" at ArcLight Hollywood on February 25, 2020 in Hollywood, California. Paul Archuleta/Getty