By Mandi Bierly
September 17, 2013 at 06:06 PM EDT
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Covert Affairs‘ tense summer run climaxes tonight as we finally reach that flash-forward moment that began the season: Annie (Piper Perabo) and Calder (Hill Harper) pulling their guns on one another and firing. We now know she’s in Germany trying to figure out who Henry Wilcox (Gregory Itzin) was meeting with on his layover to Copenhagen, where he committed an act of terrorism that he blamed on Teo (Manolo Cardona). And yes, Teo really did die during surgery for a bullet wound acquired during his escape with Annie. “It speaks of how much the audience enjoyed the character and Manolo that they don’t want him to die,” co-creator Chris Ord tells EW. “But unfortunately, for our story to go on, he needs to have passed.”

We’ll have a full postmortem with Ord and co-creator Matt Corman on Wednesday, but here’s what they’ll tease now: Auggie (Chris Gorham) now suspects that Calder isn’t working for Henry Wilcox after all. “We’re gonna get some real clarity as to whether Calder is a good guy or a bad guy,” Corman says. “Obviously, there are gradations within that, but we’re really going to understand him much more fully by the end of this finale.” The creators know Calder is a character that fans love to hate. “Hill is such an engaging actor to watch, and the character is so fun — we’re just happy that people are responding passionately about the character,” Ord says. “I think that’s what we all want out of television — to have visceral, passionate reactions — and if people are yelling at the TV, all the better.”

As you’ll see in our exclusive clip below of Arthur (Peter Gallagher) talking with Joan (Kari Matchett), word is out that Teo is his son and they need to find a way to communicate with Annie and get her home.

Covert Affairs airs at 9 p.m. ET on USA.

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