'Like a new show': Our preview of Chuck season 3.2

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

After Chuck's "super, epic, game-changing episode 13," forget all the will-they-or-won't-they business ... they did! Chuck and Sarah finally got romantic, and that will change the series in a fundamental way for the final episodes of season three, said executive producer and co-creator Chris Fedak in an exclusive interview.

"The next six episodes are almost like a new show in the sense that Chuck and Sarah are working together as a team," Fedak said. "What we've had so much fun with is the idea of a young relationship. We've all been in those kind of awkward days of having a young relationship. ... How that actually works and how that also folds into their spy life, and can they be a good team together? Is this all going to work out? Do they have to keep it a secret? Those episodes are really fun."

The additional six episodes are courtesy of NBC, which increased Chuck's episode order from 13 to 19 before season three even premiered. Those extra six episodes give us a kind of "season 3.2," beginning with tonight's "Chuck vs. the Honeymooners."

The new episodes start off "very rompy, and they're not as heavy into the mythology of the show, because they're very much like the beginning of a new season," says Fedak.

"Then, heading into the last couple episodes, the last three of the season, we have huge mythology moments. Things we set up in the last three seasons of the show will now come into fruition. I'm so excited, because when we were working on the first 13 episodes we had a great structure. But adding six episodes more just allowed us to really dig deep into the Chuck world and even come up with more exciting things we wanted to say about the mythology."

The other big development we discovered in the 13th episode, "Chuck vs. the Other Guy," was that Operation Bartowski has a new member in Chuck's BFF, Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez).

"That world is also expanding," says Fedak. "We're learning more about the characters. We're also learning more about the Intersect. From the sci-fi perspective in the first 13 episodes we [got a feeling of] more of the spy life and how that effects Chuck and how his decision to be a spy affects things. ... But in the final six episodes we really do get into the mythology of the show and also the computer that's in Chuck's head, ... how it works and what it is doing to him and what it's like to have this thing supercomputing as he's trying to do spy missions."

As for this season's Big Bad, the Ring, which took a hit in episode 13—when Casey (Adam Baldwin) apprehended the Director (Mark Sheppard) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) was forced to kill Daniel Shaw (Brandon Routh) to save Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski)—the last hour of the two-hour season-three finale is called "Chuck vs. the Ring: Part 2." Fedak promises, "The Ring is a big component in this season."

As for guest stars, we'll see the return of Scott Bakula as Chuck's dad, Stephen Bartowski, who also happened to create the Intersect. "He'll be in the last few episodes," said Fedak. "It is so exciting to have Scott Bakula back on the show. He is just the coolest guy ever."

Meanwhile, Fred Willard and Swoosie Kurtz play a CIA supercouple in "Chuck vs. the Role Models," and Christopher Lloyd will pop in to play Chuck's therapist. "He's going to need a therapist," says Fedak with a laugh. Chuck airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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