“It’s not what you think.”
– Sarah

Sarah Walker is full of surprises. One wouldn’t expect any less of a world-class spy. But there is something that sets Sarah apart from a typical, cold, heartless CIA agent. No, I’m not talking about her ability to love and be loved. Like Casey, Sarah has a code of honour, and in this episode, we discover all about it.

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the disclaimer.

A lot happened in the time between the Prague incident and Javier’s assassination attempt. Morgan and Anna went to Hawaii, where Morgan was subsequently dumped and fired from Benihana. Ellie and Devon settled into their marriage. Emmett ruled over the Buy More with an iron fist and turned its employees into soulless automatons. Chuck trained in Prague and was then fired for being unable to perform properly. However, what Casey and Sarah were doing is a little unclear. We know that they were involved in spy work, and for Casey, it seems as if it was business as usual.

But for Sarah, things were different. Very different. For one thing, Chuck was no longer part of her life. (If it helps, you can imagine that she spent a lot of nights crying herself to sleep…or whatever else works for you.) However, there was something else that is a little more difficult to describe than being abandoned by a loved one. Bryce’s death can’t have been easy for Sarah to process emotionally. The nature of Sarah and Bryce’s romantic feelings for each other isn’t clear, but we do know that Sarah cared for Bryce as a partner, and if there’s one pattern in Sarah’s behaviour, it’s that she always does right by her partner. She followed Casey to Bennett’s dojo in “Sensei,” and she was about to rescue Casey singlehandedly in “Angel de la Muerte” until Chuck intervened. It makes sense that if she would do the right thing for her partner when he was alive, she would also do the same thing for her partner when he was dead.

Seen in that light, it’s not so surprising that Sarah would go off-grid to bury Bryce’s ashes. (Wait, don’t you scatter ashes, not bury them? Whatever.) No, it wasn’t a secret, follow-Chuck-around sort of thing. It was and is part of her code of honour: do right by your colleagues, whether living or dead.

That also seems to be part of Shaw’s code of honour. He has already saved Chuck’s life twice, both times in cases when it would seem as if Chuck were on his own. (Shaw might have put Chuck in dangerous situations, but he never directly put Chuck in a life-or-death situation.) Shaw knows what it’s like to lose a colleague; he lost his partner and wife five years ago. Where Sarah and Shaw may differ is in doing the right thing. What is the “right thing” for Shaw? Does it involving avenging Eve’s death or honouring her memory? Revenge doesn’t seem like Sarah’s cup of tea. Sarah and Shaw might appear to be alike on the surface – embattled spies who have lost colleagues and who are capable of love – but those are only superficial similarities. We still don’t know enough about Shaw to judge the kind of person he is. Heck, we still don’t know enough about Sarah. But at least we now know that she has a code of honour, and not even CIA rules will stop her from following it.