Later this week, "Burn Notice" will kick off its sixth season on USA as Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), Sam Axe (Bruce Campbell) and Jesse Porter (Coby Bell) set their sights on freeing Fiona Glenanne (Gabrielle Anwar) and taking down Anson Fullerton (Jere Burns), the man who burned Michael years ago.
But by no means is it going to be an easy road.
During a new interview with TVLine, "Burn Notice" creator Matt Nix was quick to point out that Fiona won't be freed anytime soon.
"The reset button really doesn’t get hit; acknowledged Nix. "So Fiona’s in jail for a while. And even when she gets out, other things are permanently changed. I mean, it’s still 'Burn Notice,' but it’s a very different season. A very different season... Fiona’s time in jail isn’t about splitting them up; it’s about focusing on their struggle to be together. The question becomes how far Michael is willing to go for the woman he loves. They still have contact while she’s in prison, it’s just focused on the quest to get her out. The irony is that these episodes feature some of the most romantic, intense screen time they have had together. And that’s not a coincidence — their relationship thrives on conflict and danger."
And according to Nix, the solution won't be as simple as proving that Anson was behind Fiona's trumped up murder charges.
"Ultimately, it isn’t about Fiona going to trial and people 'proving' this or that," said Nix. "Fact is, Anson is a very embarrassing figure for the intelligence community, so to some extent it’s about them waking up to the fact that he is not who they thought he was. And yet they also need someone to go down for the bombing of that consulate. If Michael can get Anson, that’s a big step toward getting Fiona out of jail. It’s not the only step, but it’s a major one."
Nix also indicated that Michael's life will only become more dangerous and complicated regardless of whether Anson is taken out of the picture.
"This season really shakes up Michael’s position vis-a-vis the intelligence community in general," related Nix. "Certain things get resolved, but ultimately Michael and everybody find themselves in a vastly worse position than they were in before. This year we really confront, 'What has this quest cost Michael? And how much more is it going to cost?' And the answer is: A whole lot."
"The question becomes, How much can Michael ask of his friends?" asked Nix. "How much of their lives are they supposed to devote to his quest? As we’re resolving a lot of the questions associated with Michael’s burn notice, his situation actually becomes far more intense and far more dire. It’s been exciting working on this season because the episodes are just very different. They are largely focused on very high-stakes, very personal situations for Michael and the other main characters. Those episodes tend to be fast and intense, with immediate, life-or-death stakes, the kind that have always tended to be our favorites to make, and often turn out to be fan favorites as well. It’s all very focused on the team this year, which is very exciting."
"Burn Notice" returns to USA on Thursday, June 14.