By Mandi Bierly
Updated December 18, 2014 at 06:25 PM EST
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While Covert Affairs fans await word on whether USA will renew the globe-trotting drama, the intense fifth season comes to a close Thursday as Annie (Piper Perabo) and McQuaid (Nic Bishop) try to get villain-turned-potential asset Belenko (Shawn Doyle) out of Argentina. “It’s a classic Covert Affairs episode in that there’s high stakes, we’re abroad, they’re operating without a net, and they’re up against a tremendously savvy adversary,” co-creator Matt Corman says, referring to the Russian Vega assassins who want Belenko dead. As co-creator Chris Ord explains, “If anything, the bar is higher than last season when Annie’s goal was to kill Henry. In some ways, not killing someone—or at least trying to get him out of somewhere alive—is the tougher goal.”

Corman and Ord wrote the episode, which sets one particularly nail-biting sequence in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta Cemetery. “That’s such an iconic location in that city, and to be able to set an action sequence there—trying to take advantage of all those twists and turns and little alley ways—was really a dream come true,” Ord says.

While they promise viewers will see Annie and McQuaid’s relationship evolve even further in the finale, there’s also plenty happening Stateside with Auggie (Chris Gorham) returning home to help Calder (Hill Harper) and Joan (Kari Matchett) continue their search for Belenko’s cohort Langer (Joel Keller). “It represents real danger for some of our folks at home, which is something we haven’t always done,” Corman says. “This is kind of a synthesis of danger at home and danger abroad.”

Not knowing whether they were writing a season finale or a series finale was an interesting challenge, Ord admits. “We wanted to do a robust finale that both satisfies the viewers who’ve watched all season but also creates a lot of new dynamics, a lot of new questions that our audience could be excited about and wonder what the characters might do,” he says. “Knock on wood, we get word soon. We have a lot more stories to tell. But thankfully, we’re really proud of this season. We felt we really delivered on a lot of the stories we wanted to tell. So that’s all we can do.”

The Covert Affairs season finale airs Dec. 18 at 10 p.m. ET on USA. Watch an exclusive clip below.

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