I thought it would be nice to take a break from centering these things around Shaw, so this post will be about speculating about major events in our favorite show using a character we all actually like as a starting point.
I think its a safe bet Casey will reclaim his rightful place on team Bartowski at some point in the near future. I would love to see Chuck build a sort of “B” team of civilian assets who help him from time to time; namely, Casey, Morgan, and Devon. But I really don’t see it unfolding that way. We may see that odd assortment in the next couple episodes, but I’m sure by 3.13 or 3.14 Casey will be a fed again. The bigger question to me is if we’ll ever hear of his fiance and daughter again. I’m not one to scour the web for every casting detail, so some of you may be more aware than I if they’ve been brought back or not. I do hope we see them again. I love the idea of Casey having some real normal people in his life. It could even be an anchor to keep in LA in the short run. I was also wondering if we’ve heard more details about the Subway episode yet? I love the idea of Casey being the one who frequents the sub shop to be close to a certain young sandwich maker. I guess they’d have to progress the story fairly quickly to avoid the creepy factor (hmm, why is this 40-something goon trying to be so friendly with a 19 year old fast food worker?) I guess she might recognize him as one of the crew that saved her mom that one day, but I think we need to move fast to Casey reconnecting with his family (what can I say, I love sappy warm stories).
Obviously a major source of speculation has to be all things Sarah Walker. We know next week Sarah and Shaw will be overseeing Chuck’s final exam. Previews and spoilers indicate Chuck and Sarah will actually have a serious and emotional discussion at some point, including the re-emergence of the Prague incident. But based on the published synopsis of 3.12 Chuck and Sarah will still be somewhat estranged heading into that episode. My bet, for no particular reason, is we will know Sarah is done with Shaw before the end of Final Exam (although Chuck may not know). There is a scene in my mind’s eye I would love to see play out: Chuck doesn’t know the result of exam failure would be his death. Shaw may have his finger on a switch to explode something on Chuck’s person, while we see Sarah slowly drawing her gun and leveling it at Shaw. That could be a better break-up scene than Chuck and Jill! Maybe we even learn later her whole reason for getting close to Shaw was all about protecting Chuck. Its just a stray thought, I don’t actually expect anything so dramatic and fun. But no matter how well or poorly things go between them in 3.11, I expect a melancholy end. Chuck will pass his test, and Sarah will announce she is leaving. Probably leaving the whole spy world for a “normal” life. As she said way back in the Mask (yes, the unmentionable episode), she thinks at some point she will be in Chuck’s way professionally, and personally. Sarah will decide her final sacrifice after helping Chuck achieve his career objectives, is to step away and leave him be. We know that won’t last long. It looks like 3.12 will be all about Chuck and his crew proving to Sarah that Chuck wants and needs her as a permanent part of his life. I think by the end of that episode we will finally be at a happy place for the two of them, leading to a mostly spy-themed story (do they actually still do those?) for 3.13. It may take until 3.13 to get all the way there, but I think they’ll be mostly alright in 3.12.
As for Shaw, the less said the better. Published synopsis have Chuck questioning his stability in 3.13. About time. I doubt he will be a villain. I’m thinking half-mad revenge driven hero. Hopefully that includes the heroic death. One spoiler was something about Chuck and Shaw remaining connected. Perhaps they’re half brothers (thru Orion) or maybe Shaw will be the next human intersect. There have also been reports of Branden Routh being on set during shooting of the finale. I’m hoping this is for flashbacks only, but it does seem to make killing him off less likely.
We could speculate about Ellie and Devon too. Will they head to Africa? does this mean they will leave the show? I can firmly say, I have no idea.