By Mandi Bierly
Updated October 16, 2013 at 03:30 PM EDT
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Covert Affairs resumes its fourth season Thursday night with Annie (Piper Perabo) having faked her own death and now hunting Henry Wilcox’s (Gregory Itzin) ex-wife solo to see if she can turn her against him and bring him down. “She’s completely in the dark, which is a really exciting dynamic going into the back six,” co-creator Chris Ord told EW after the summer finale. “We’ll see Annie in situations where normally she’d have the opportunity to just call Auggie [Christopher Gorham] or the CIA, but she won’t now. And that compounds the challenge of all those situations.”

Co-creator Matt Corman notes, “It’s definitely slightly different storytelling, slightly darker. But by the same token, it’s kinda exciting because she’s so free. She has no one to answer to, so all the decisions she makes are her own. The tension that existed for much of the first four seasons about whether she’ll buck authority, and what will Joan [Kari Matchett] and Auggie think, what will breaking these rules mean — that’s all fallen away. Now it’s just all instinct. What is the right decision? How do I stay alive? And how do I complete my mission?”

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Covert Affairs airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on USA.

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