Is It Curtains for 'SEAL Team' or Will It Make a Spectacular Return?

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David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes in "SEAL Team." (Photo: Screengrab/CBS)

This article contains spoilers for the final episode of "SEAL Team" season 5.

"SEAL Team '' dodged a cancellation bullet last spring with a complicated renewal that saw the series return to CBS for four episodes last fall before migrating to the streaming service Paramount for the balance of its 14-episode season 5.

The season has now wrapped up, and all episodes are streaming. Now fans are wondering whether the show will be renewed for season 6 or if the episode titled "All Bravo Stations" will have to serve as the show's finale.

Honestly, it seemed like the show was headed for a soft landing after the team wrapped up a brutal mission in Venezuela and returned home to their families in Virginia Beach. Everyone could settle in their lives, and viewers could say goodbye to the characters after a good run.

The show's producers instead scrambled the team for a mission to Mali, where they promptly were ambushed in the war zone. The show ended with several lives hanging in the balance.

If the show does return for another season, it's unlikely that every member of the team survives the attack. If this is the end, maybe it's appropriate that we'll never know exactly what happened in the fog of war. Fans can imagine their own outcomes for their favorite member of the team.

"SEAL Team" didn't change much after it left network television, except for the addition of f-bombs that made the show better reflect real-life operator conversations. The writers respected what had made these characters resonate with an audience on CBS and didn't use the move to streaming as an excuse to introduce a lot of shocking plot or character twists.

Some fans were frustrated that a popular network series moved behind a paywall, but star David Boreanaz told TV Line that the show had "done great for Paramount." That was the plan for parent company ViacomCBS when it moved a show with a devoted fan base to its new home.

Boreanaz also dodged questions about whether he'd return for another session, telling TV Line that "I am only as good as the call sheet that says, 'Hey, you've got an 8 am call time,' right? So, we'll wait and see if that call time pops up."

It's hard to predict whether "SEAL Team" will return. The show isn't an inexpensive one to make, so that might be a negative. On the plus side is the fact that Paramount hasn't had any breakout shows that aren't connected to "Star Trek," and that ViacomCBS inexplicably and confusingly sold the streaming rights for "Yellowstone" to Peacock, even though the show airs on the Paramount cable network.

If you're a "SEAL Team'' fan who's hoping for another season, it's time to binge the whole show from start to finish and rack up some viewing hours to feed the Paramount algorithm. We'll have news about its fate as soon as it breaks.

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