A New Threat at Home Sends the SEALs to the Brink of a Bigger War in Season 2 of SIX
HISTORY CHANNEL, May 28, 10/9c
By Ryan A. Berenz
Don’t expect a sophomore slump for History’s SIX when it returns on Memorial Day. The action drama following an elite team of Navy SEALs is back with a vengeance for Season 2.
The first eight episodes followed the SEALs on a mission to rescue their friend and former team leader Rip Taggart (Walton Goggins) and a group of schoolgirls taken hostage by a terrorist cell in West Africa. While the mission was a success, the homecoming was bittersweet for SEAL Team leader Joe “Bear” Graves (Barry Sloane), who returned to an empty house. It was much worse for Rip, who had a shocking seaside encounter with a terrorist recruit in the season’s closing scene.
“The story picks up right where it left off,” Sloane assures us. “There’s no time gap. There’s no shift. We pick it up right from the pier.”
While Rip’s fate hangs in the balance, the SEALs have to face the frightening reality that the war has come home with them. They’re left to wonder how many homegrown terrorists are operating in this sleeper cell, who’s coordinating them and which of the SEALs — or their family members — will be targeted next. “[SEALs] do work very hard to keep their family away from the battlefield,” Sloane says. “When it’s on your own doorstep, it’s hard to dissociate that part of your life.”
The mission to counter this new threat sends the SEALs to Eastern Europe and hostile areas like Chechnya to strike at the heart of the terrorist network. This brings them dangerously close to Russian territory, where their actions could have serious geopolitical consequences and spark a much bigger conflict.
Enter CIA officer Gina Cline, played by series newcomer Olivia Munn (The Newsroom). Cline is calling the SEALs’ shots for this new mission, and some operators are better at taking orders than others. Sloane likens Munn’s role to Jessica Chastain’s character in the film Zero Dark Thirty.
“They are incredibly smart, incredibly driven professionals, who in order to achieve what they would like to achieve, they’re not shy about reaching out to people with a different skill set from their own to get the job done,” he says.
SIX Season 2 has a special premiere on Monday, then begins airing on its regular day and time on Wednesday.
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