When the Chuck promo aired after “Chuck vs. the Hack Off” a couple of weeks ago, revealing this year’s Christmas villain, Chuck fans went into a hyperdrive of speculation and, yes, groaning. Chuck executive producer Chris Fedak and star Zachary Levi talked to The Examiner about the decision to bring Brandon Routh’s controversial Daniel Shaw back for one last appearance in this week’s episode.
“We wanted to do a monster story,” Fedak explained simply. “We wanted to do a Christmas story, but Christmas is such a holiday haunted of the Charles Dickens tradition, so when we started thinking about a Christmas story, we said ‘Let’s bring back a monster from our past.’ And Brandon– at the end of season three, Brandon was such a ‘Muahaha’ bad guy. And I said ‘We’ve got to bring back the ‘Muahaha’ bad guy’!”
Read the full interview here.