We haven't seen much of Sendhil Ramamurthy's character Jai Wilcox on COVERT AFFAIRS yet because the first four episodes had already been plotted when he joined the cast, but that is about to change. I recently participated in a conference call where Ramamurthy answered media questions about Covert Affairs, the nuanced relationships between all the characters, and why Jai's story will be a slow burn.Â Mild spoilers follow, especially for the Tuesday August 10, In the LightÂ episode.
On Jai and Annie
We already know that Arthur has installed Jai in Joan's department so he can get close to Annie and hopefully pick up clues about her former lover Ben Mercer. While Ramamurthy charmingly wouldn't answer a question about whether or not Jai and Ben have any sort of history together, he did say that the In the Light episode will start to reveal what Jai was doing directly before joining the CIA and why Jai is the only choice to deal with the Annie-Ben situation. Ramamurthy explained that throughout the rest of the season we will see Jai try several different tacks to complete his mission, but since he and Annie aren't robots,''Â expect emotions to get involved. In order to get close to Annie, Jai will reveal things about himself. Ramamurthy said that in the eighth or ninth episode, Jai and Annie discuss past relationships and we'll begin to think that Annie is not the only one deeply affected by an old love.
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