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'Chuck' vs. WonderCon! Relationship and Finale Scoop from the Cast & Crew

by Jo Garfein, posted Apr 5th 2010 10:30AM
Yesterday at WonderCon, the cast and crew of 'Chuck' gathered in San Francisco to present tonight's new episode ('Chuck vs. The Other Guy'), address fan feedback and discuss the season finale.

According to incredibly affable 'Chuck' star Zachary Levi, they wrapped filming on season 3 two weeks ago. However, he is not a fan of spoilers and heard that there was allegedly a mole on the set of the show. "We didn't even get the last four or five pages of the last script. That's the first time that ever happened. It always boggles my mind that people would want to spoil that. It takes away from the whole experience of any show, especially a show that's so rooted in certain mythologies." Yesterday at WonderCon, the cast and crew of 'Chuck' gathered in San Francisco to present tonight's new episode ('Chuck vs. The Other Guy'), address fan feedback and discuss the season finale.

According to incredibly affable 'Chuck' star Zachary Levi, they wrapped filming on season 3 two weeks ago. However, he is not a fan of spoilers and heard that there was allegedly a mole on the set of the show. "We didn't even get the last four or five pages of the last script. That's the first time that ever happened. It always boggles my mind that people would want to spoil that. It takes away from the whole experience of any show, especially a show that's so rooted in certain mythologies."

Levi acknowledged that he is very aware of fan frustration with the Chuck, Sarah, Hannah, Shaw relationship square dance, but asks them to "stay with us. The end result is one that I think will be fulfilling for everybody, but you've got to stick with the journey." In addition, Levi truly believes that the 'Chuck' writers are working hard to make the show as compelling as possible. "If Chuck and Sarah got together in the beginning of the third season, I think you'd have nowhere to go. You've got to build to these places."

Of course Levi couldn't help but throw in a comparison to one of his favorite shows. "There are things I've been waiting for six years for on 'Lost,' but I still come back, because how can you not with Locke? Come on! He can walk, he can't walk. He's dead, he's not dead."

Episode 9 ('Chuck vs. The Beard'), which Levi himself directed, was pivotal because Chuck finally spilled his spy secrets to his best friend Morgan. Joshua Gomez, who brings poignancy and comic relief in equal doses to his role as Morgan, admitted that "I'd been waiting since the Pilot. It was an important episode, so I was honored to have him helm." Pointing to co-star Adam Baldwin, who plays John Casey, Gomez added "It was great -- I got to do more scenes with the big guy. Talk about an odd couple."

As for the future of his character, Baldwin disclosed that Casey is "going to continue his struggle to figure out whether he enjoys remaining a civilian or not. Odds are, he won't."

This season of 'Chuck' was originally scheduled for only 13 episodes, but late last year NBC gave the creative team the go-ahead for an additional six. Series co-creator, producer and writer Chris Fedak explained that "the next six are going to be different. It's less focused on the Chuck/Sarah relationship; it's more about the spy side of the show, the family side of the show, and with Scott Bakula's return -- the Bartowski family relationship."



Fedak points out that tonight's episode was originally designed as a season finale. "We leave nothing on the table. We will mess with our show, we will change things, we will explode the idea of the show. Nobody is safe and nothing is off limits. This is a game-changing episode of 'Chuck.' Momentous things are about to happen."

Given that they have not received word yet about 'Chuck' getting picked up for a fourth season, Fedak was asked whether or not episode 19 was written as a season or series finale. "Instead of epilogues, I like prologues. So there's a prologue component to our season finale this year. I don't think I would ever simply turn out the lights."

As for how this season of 'Chuck' will end, Fedak promises that "there will be epic, emotional changes to the show. The season finale is filled with that."

"Chuck vs. The Other Guy" airs tonight at 8PM ET on NBC. If you're wondering how you can help ensure that 'Chuck' is renewed for a fourth season, Zachary Levi has a simple piece of advice. "Watch it live."

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