We at team Chuck are a humble bunch, but we can’t deny that we’re very proud to share this with you. Season five of Chuck. Take a moment…let that sink in. Season five of Chuck!
We’ve learned a lot over the past five years: You can disarm a bomb with fruit juice, arcade skills, or some good old-fashioned Internet pornography. Never underestimate the power of sandwiches in renewal negotiations. And then there are those two semesters of brain science we took, just to confirm that sunglasses really can teach someone kung-fu. (First lesson: It’s not called “brain science.” Second lesson. Of course they can. They’re sunglasses.)
But most importantly, we’ve learned how great it is to be part of such a loyal and enthusiastic community. We wouldn’t be here in season five if it weren’t for you and our fans. Your support has been critical not just in making this show possible, but in making it such an enjoyable ride.
This season will take Chuck back to the basics, as he and his team go independent as Carmichael Industries. Without the help of the CIA or the Intersect in his head, Chuck is once again the underdog, relying more than ever on his wits, his team, and also on a new Intersect — Morgan Grimes. And as Chuck and Sarah begin life as newlywed spy partners, they’re led to consider the future of their spy life. In addition, we’re excited to have a new cast of guest stars on board, including Mark Hamill, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Cheryl Ladd. Who else could be Sarah’s mom but an original Angel?
So here it is, Chuck season five: the final chapter. And remember: Friday is the new Monday. Tell your friends, your readers, your viewers, your pen pal, your town council member, your therapist, and your Twitter followers.
Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak
So excited for the final season! And so happy that they’re ending on their terms.
when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself - i felt deeply troubled. but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life - i felt indescribable despair. i also made an it gets better video last year - in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time. but in light of jamey’s death - it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it - is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance. we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society - and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine. and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner - i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me. now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world. that - i believe - is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.
“It’s like, you have the legalization of gay marriage in the state of New York and three months later you have Jamey Rodemeyer killing himself, yet another gay teenager bullied into taking his own life. And, you know, again, as a gay man, I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it. But as a human being, I look at it and say, “Why? Where is this disparity coming from and why can’t we as a culture, as a society, dig deeper to examine it?” We’re terrified of facing ourselves, we’re terrified of what we’ll find and so, instead, we seem to waste time and energy with small-mindedness and intolerance and with bigotry and with hatred and with fear.”—Zachary Quinto (NY Mag, October 16, 2011)
SWEET LITTLE RECAP. Lord Eddard Stark was having some fun being a creeper over the Baratheons’ hair colour (if he hadn’t been a Stark, maybe he would have been a hairdresser? And maybe it would have been a better life for him.)
Let’s see the list: “Lord Orys Baratheon, black of hair. Axel Baratheon, black of hair. Lyonel Baratheon, black of hair. Steffon Baratheon, black of hair. Robert Baratheon, black of hair. “
In this situation, what would any Stark would have done ? : HONOR IS COMING™.
Here we are, the following day (well some time after anyway) and Ned, believe it or not, has a plan. And it is a very good plan. YES! LET’S CONFRONT QUEEN CERSEI ! Let’s remember : Ned, at this point, suspects Cersei (and Jaime) of having killed Jon Arryn because he discovered ~*~The Secret*~*, but, yes, yes, yes he is going to tell her that HE ~KNOWS.
It is only amusement (with maybe a bit of annoyance) in Cersei’s eyes.
And then they talk some more, like old buddies, and get to the subject of Cersei’s bro Jaime Lannister the Kingslayer™, and even if Cersei clearly understood what Ned meant before (see: ~*~The Secret*~*), he can’t help but brag :
“YOUR BROTHER, OR YOU LOVER?” lol. lol lol. The undertone here clearly says : I KNOW THE TRUTH! I KNOW. THE TRUTH. HAHAHA. GOTCHA! I KNOW!
However, there’s no need to sound triumphant too soon, because Cersei is completely laughing at you, dude. I hope you see her eyebrows and her smirk. Even her hair is crying with laughter.
In her head it’s pretty much party in the USA™ version Lannister™ : “Oh Eddard. Oh, Eddard. Eddard Eddard Eddard lol lol (maybe even lmao). I didn’t know any of this shit would be this easy!”
She’s already plotting your end, actually. Not that you, dearest Ned, deeply in love with honor, is seeing it coming (unlike winter, which you’ve seen coming forever ago, I’ve got to give you this one.)
So, obviously, forever true to himself, Lord Stark keeps attacking bluntly and chooses to give some sound advice to Cersei. Yes, please tell her everything that you’re going to do next. So it isn’t possible for her to make some plans to counter you.
“When the king returns from his hunt, I’ll tell him the truth. You must be gone by then ! You and your children ! I will not have that blood on my hands. Go as far away as you can! With as many men as you can. Because… wherever you go… [WHEREVER YOU GO WHATEVER YOU DO I WILL BE RIGHT HERE WAITING FOR YOUUUUUUUUU WHATEVER IT TAKES OR HOW MY HEART BREAKS I WILL BE HERE WAIIIITING FOR YOU]”
Robert’s wrath will follow you, lol. Ned here tries the use of a sophisticated vocabulary (wrath, lol) with a subtle hint of supernatural business (Robert’s wrath(™) sounds like a ghost, or maybe even a tormented spirit still on Earth) to prophecize tragedy.
Alas, it does not work. Sadly for Ned, Cersei already knew this word and isn’t impressed : What of my wrath Lord Stark ? (she is after all a Lannister™ from Casterly Rock™). But Ned doesn’t understand that she’s already faced Robert and Robert’s wrath and that obviously she despises him and he isn’t scared. He doesn’t understand, and he doesn’t care! SHE IS GOING TO LEAVE. ! THIS IS THE ONLY SOLUTION. SHE COULDN’T JUST DECIDE TO DO WHAT SHE WANTS AND PRETEND I DIDN’T THREATEN HER. OBVIOUSLY THERE IS NO WAY THAT SHE’S JUST GOING TO IGNORE ME. OR EVEN DEFEAT ME.
So, in the end, he does not grasp the threat and the truth in Cersei’s last words in this magnificent confrontation : “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you DIE. There is no middle ground.” Ned’s probably thinking “ahah this is cool she was trying to be funny~” Yes, hilarious. Please try to remember the dying part in the next (and last, sorry) moments on your life though.
HONOR : 100%
BAD DECISION : 100%
DECISION LIKELY TO RESULT IN SELF-HARM : 100%
FAIL : 100%
LEVEL OF STARK : 100%
So it is not a surprise that after this Lord Stark runs away (or stumbles away, I guess) to plot with… of all people… LITTLEFINGER! *ugly maniac laughter*