While other viewers welcomed the new pairing mix-up, most Chuck fans were definitely not pleased after seeing Sarah with Shaw and Chuck with Hannah in the episode "Chuck Versus the Mask," which aired Monday. Some even questioned the direction of the NBC spy series, feeling betrayed and puzzled as to why Sarah and Chuck have not gotten together when Sarah already found out what Chuck said to her in the vault in "Chuck vs. the Three Words."
To address frustrated Chuck fans, series co-creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak explain why the love trapezoid had to happen and what's preventing the Sarah-Chuck romance from happening.
"From our perspective, this is a necessary part of the season," Chris Fedak tells The Star-Ledger's Alan Sepinwall. "It's like the middle chapters of a book. For the season to play out, we have to tell this story. Not only the romantic side of things, but also on the spy side of the story, feeding into the mythology of it all."
Still, the big question remains: Why haven't Chuck and Sarah gotten together, considering what has been said and done in the past? Schwartz says that when Sarah allowed herself to become vulnerable with Chuck, she got her heart broken. And now, she's learned from that mistake. Chuck's decision to become a full-pledged spy also doesn't help because it only propels Sarah to question if he's still the man she fell for last season.
Unfortunately, the producers' explanations so far have not addressed why Sarah can be with Shaw and not Chuck. But Schwartz asserts that Sarah is "still there to protect Chuck. The bodyguard component of that professional relationship remains intact. Shaw is an equal - her boss in fact - and the same issue of Sarah's feelings for Chuck compromising her ability to do the job in the most cold-blooded way possible remains."
Fedak adds, "There's also the part, too, that Shaw and Sarah share so much in common. They're spies, they speak the same language, have gone through the same spy school. This is the type of guy that Sarah, in any other spy show, would fall in love with."