'SEAL Team' Season 3 Episode 16: Will Jason and Natalie's relationship go up in smoke to make way for Mandy?

The Bravo Team is all set for a three-month deployment in Afghanistan and Jason and Natalie seem to have gone on different paths


                            'SEAL Team' Season 3 Episode 16: Will Jason and Natalie's relationship go up in smoke to make way for Mandy?
David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes and Emily Swallow as Natalie Pierce (CBS)

It's always difficult to balance out your personal and professional life. This week's 'SEAL Team' puts the spotlight on Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Natalie Pierce's (Emily Swallow) deteriorating relationship. 

The Bravo Team is all set for a three-month deployment in Afghanistan and Natalie is worried. "I don't know how this works — us, seven thousand miles apart," Natalie tells Jason, to which he replies, "We will make it work."

However, in the latter half of the episode, their dinner date falls flat after an argument over Captain Lindell's (Jamie McShane) suggestion for Jason to step aside and consider the next phase of his career. When Natalie points out he may have to agree with it, Jason is furious and walks out. 

Some fans seem to be heartbroken. "So Jason's breaking up with Natalie? Just like that? Well damn. #SealTeam," one fan posted and another said, "No one to send #Jason off on deployment! Not even #Natalie! He’s got to stop pushing people away!!"

One #Jatalie fan wrote, "I like Jatalie. And I was rooting for Jason to be happy. Maybe when Jason works on himself more with Dr Conners, he can be in a better place. They can be in a better place down the line #SEALteam."

David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes and Jessica Paré as Mandy Ellis (CBS)

 Others, however, feel that their chemistry somehow isn't right. "I'm not feeling Natalie for Jason nor Clay's girl. They don't seem to be a source of comfort for these guys. #SEALTeam," one wrote and another said, "[email protected]_Boreanaz told Natalie he was all in. But Bravo will always come first. #SEALTeam."

Is this all part of a plan to make Mandy Ellis (Jessica Paré) enter Jason's life? Well, the fact that she is a part of the deployment sure hints at it.

One fan posted, "Mandy and Jason had an ep where there were in a car on standby and were talking. It seems they have a past... she should be his 'last known location'. I am really happy that she is part of the deployment."

Another fan said, "I would love to see Jason with Mandy, she does understand him. Natalie is just someone to talk to but he needs more than that. He can't be in a relationship if he doesn't know who he is, individually. A relationship won't define that." 

As more episodes of the CBS series roll out every Wednesday at 9 pm, we may see where Jason's life is headed. For now, it does seem like an end to his affair with Natalie, and all you #Jatalie fans can go weep in a corner.

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