“Reviewing pictures of people you killed? I do that myself from time to time.”
– Casey

Lies, lies, lies, and more lies. “Chuck Versus the Living Dead” is all about lies. Chuck hides his Shaw dreams from Sarah and Casey. He hides his spy life from his father. He also hides his deteriorating mental condition from everyone. But Chuck isn’t the only culprit. Sarah hides the extent of her intimacy with Shaw from her new boyfriend. Morgan hides his suspicions of Ellie’s supposed marital infidelity from Devon. Casey spies on Ellie but doesn’t tell her why. Justin lies to Ellie about Casey’s loyalties and the reason why the CIA wants to locate Stephen. Stephen hides the Intersect’s negative effects from his son. Ellie hides her CIA involvement from everyone. Heck, Chuck’s brain might even be lying to him about Shaw being alive! Let’s try to sort some of this out after the jump.

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

I’m going to do something different than I would usually do. I typically try to stay firmly in the realm of fact. But today, I’m feeling a bit more…imaginative. Let’s perform a thought experiment (or if you prefer the German term, a “gedankenexperiment”). What if everybody had just told the truth, right from the outset?

What if Chuck had told Sarah and Casey about his Shaw dreams? Not much would have changed, but perhaps Morgan wouldn’t have been so scared about Shaw’s imminent return.

What if Chuck had told Stephen about still being involved with the CIA? Stephen might have panicked, refused to build Chuck a Governor, and tried to get the Intersect 2.0 out of his son’s head instead.

What if Chuck had come clean about his deteriorating condition? Sarah would have been devastated. After thinking that she had everything that she ever wanted, it would have been too difficult for her to deal with fearing that her boyfriend could go insane at any moment. And on top of that, dealing with Shaw, her worst nightmare, coming back to haunt her? That would have been too much. (Spoiler alert: Or maybe not.)

What if Morgan had told Devon that he suspected that Ellie was cheating? Devon might have confronted Ellie about it, leading to a revelation of Ellie’s CIA involvement. (Spoiler alert: And possibly more revelations.)

What if Casey had told Ellie that he was protecting her? Then they could have avoided the frypan incident. Ellie would have found out about Justin being rogue and wouldn’t have helped lure her father out into the open. But then Chuck wouldn’t have met with his father and would never have been able to obtain a Governor. Now we’re already overwriting our existing scenario!

Now, what if we go all the way back to “Chuck Versus the Dream Job” and Stephen revealed to Chuck that the Intersect can have a negative effect on the brain? Then, Chuck wouldn’t have downloaded the Intersect 2.0, and he, Sarah, and Casey would have been killed by the Ring agents at the secret Intersect facility. Then, well, we wouldn’t have a show.

See? Now we have a whole set of other messes on our hands. Things unfold the way they do for a reason.

All lies aside, at least Chuck can be honest with himself. When Chuck sits down to write his spy will, he has his most candid reflection on his spy life to date.

“My name is Chuck Bartowski, and if you’re reading this, it means I’m already dead. I don’t know what will end up killing me but I’ve chosen to be a spy, and there are consequences to that. It may be my emotions that end up doing me in or a slip-up, trying to protect my friends or my family who never wanted me to be a part of this. Or it could be the thing I never saw coming, but I know it’s coming.”
– Chuck