Captain Awesome is a spy.He's extremely fit and healthy, and what he does for a living is kept rather vague. He also talks and behaves like an awkward parody of "youth" culture by someone not involved in it. For example, he may have heard that young, hip people use the word "awesome", and so he says it all the time. He's obviously a spy, deep undercover, and maybe he's been observing Chuck ever since the Stanford incident.
The CIA almost gave Chuck the Intersect on purpose.In his CIA recruitment videos in "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater", Professor Fleming commented on Chuck's ability to retain subliminal images and mentioned the Omaha Project, which the CIA intended to assign Chuck to. If not for Bryce's interference, Fleming would have recruited Chuck, and the CIA would have used his brain to store the Intersect. As it happened, during his time at the CIA, Bryce learned that the Omaha Project was the Intersect. (This may explain why he said "We'll always have Omaha" to Sarah at the end of "Chuck Vs. the Nemesis".) When he needed someone to send the Intersect to, he recalled his conversation with Fleming and sent it to Chuck, knowing that Chuck would be able to absorb the information.
Chuck was never supposed to receive the whole Intersect.Most of the spy bosses seemed at least a little surprised that he'd absorbed the whole thing. We even find out that some, if not most, people can't handle Intersect downloads. Project Omaha gave a large portion of data (for example, everything on the Russian mob) to a number of protected "analysts", allowing agents not to spend days or weeks learning extensive knowledge. Chuck would have been the star analyst.
The Intersect was always supposed to be uploaded into a human being.Ties into the above. This explains why Fleming would be interested in a person's ability to retain subliminal images. Also, why Bryce would even think to do it. The encoding and streaming technology to do so obviously was developed at the same time as the Intersect itself. Further, it makes sense to bring the Intersect to things when you can't bring things to it. The subject (Chuck, in this case) is essentially an Intersect mobile unit. Finally, when it comes to finding patterns, Humans Are Special. That property of the brain improves the Intersect's performance beyond what can be achieved technologically. Neither the General nor Sarah and Casey know this, so learning it will be what makes Casey spare Chuck.
Buy More and Large Mart will have a merger in the future.Forming, of course, Buy N' Large.
Morgan is being groomed to take the Assistant Manager position.Season 2 has spent a significant amount of time showcasing Morgan's growth as a character separate from Chuck, forcing him to make decisions for the employees and give advice that normally he would have just let Chuck take care of. Characters are beginning to consult him about minor things, and he's even begun going against his stated policy of 'doing as little as possible'. One of the long term arcs of the show will be Morgan taking over Chuck's former Buy More role as the employee mascot as Chuck's 'extracurricular activities' take more of his time...
Anna is a SlayerMostly because Julia Ling played a potential Slayer in one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She may have died, but still — it would give us a good reason why she's so seldom seen onscreen. She's busy killing vampires.
Anna is away at spy schoolRather than just simply being Put on a Bus, Casey's recommendation to have her tested resulted in her being recruited. Running off with a classmate was just her cover story.
Orion is still aliveWe never got to see his face. We also never saw him die. It's possible that he found a way out, maybe by tricking Fulcrum into taking someone else and then blowing up the 'copter to cover the evidence. If he was able to do this, then it's possible that he didn't want the CIA to find him. Since he chose the location, he could have controlled the situation so he would not be in any danger.
Orion is FULCRUMHe went to school with the FULCRUM leader. He knew he wouldn't be back when he went to Roark Instruments (because he'd be "caught"?). He did something with his arm computer when they entered the Intersect room (called for backup?). He didn't bother to put on the sunglasses when he tried to run the program (knew it'd fail?).
Chuck is becoming a Fake Ultimate Hero."Chuck Versus the Predator" hints that the villain recognizes and seems to respect Chuck's alter ego Carmichael. FULCRUM are reluctant to investigate the Buy More because they've lost too many agents there. By the end of the series, FULCRUM will be terrified of the legendary "Agent Carmichael".
Fulcrum is also the organization responsible for co-opting Michael Westen.Inspired by the existence of a crossover fic between the two shows, although it's not explored within the story. Both groups snatch up talent from all walks of intelligence and special forces agencies for as-yet-undefined goals.
Plenty of people are aware that Chuck is the Intersect - or at least involved with the government.Seriously, this is just screaming The Not Secret. Awesome (who, as noted up top, is almost certainly a spy himself) and Big Mike (and probably most of the rest of the Buy More - why else is he allowed to randomly disappear and do so many "external installs"?), to name but some. On the other hand, Morgan and Ellie quite pointedly do not know - probably because the Government decided that they were too close (personally) to the Asset to risk informing.
The Intersect was based on neuralizer technology.They're both based on memory modification, they both use optical interfaces, and they can both be blocked by sunglasses. It totally fits.
The Intersect was based on imprinting technology.They both use image sequences and wide electromagnetic spectrum visual patterns. It totally fits.
The Intersect is imprinting technology in its infancy.First, Chuck became able to know and "remember" things that he couldn't have known without the Intersect. Then he was given new physical abilities (though Word Of God says those abilities will be erratic at first). We've even seen evidence of memory erasing when Orion removed the original Intersect from Chuck. The technology hasn't developed far enough to give him an entire new personality, but it's easy to see that this could be the eventual goal. The other people exposed to the Intersect, such as in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs", died because they hadn't had their original memories wiped first. If the technology had progressed a little farther, they might have become like Alpha instead. Chuck, as suggested above, has specific mental traits that enable him to contain the Intersect without being wiped first. These traits are probably shared by Echo, since she did not go insane when she became Omega. They're probably also hereditary, since Orion also has an Intersect in his head... maybe Chuck and Echo are related?
Casey is Sarah's brother.Casey is a single, heterosexual man who's been working closely with a woman who looks like Yvonne Strahovski for months; nevertheless. he's never shown the slightest sign of being attracted to her. The obvious explanation is that he's her brother. Sure, we've seen her as a child without any brother. But Casey is somewhat older than she, and he could easily have become disgusted with his con-artist father and left forever. Maybe he doesn't even know Sarah is his sister - she's not using her original name, and they could have been separated for years. But on a subconscious level, he recognizes her as related and can never be attracted to her.
Chuck's mother is/was a spy.Think about it. Everyone in his life except his sister and his best friend seems to be a spy anyway. That'd explain why she left to an extent, and it would draw a nice parallel with Chuck and Sarah, if Orion was also an asset who fell for his handler.
Chuck's emotions are the key to the IntersectPeople keep telling Chuck he has to keep calm and suppress his emotions to be a better spy, but the only time the Intersect has worked perfectly so far is when Sarah was threatened. It's actually Chuck's feelings that activate it in the first place.
Hannah works for The Ring, or some other spy organizationHannah seems to be more capable than she's letting on, and "had" a job as basically a cleaner for another organization. Seems to fit for me.
Chuck and Sarah will have to use Just Friends as a cover for their rekindled relationshipThey can't deny the incredibly obvious forever, and once they do get involved they'll try to pretend to be the same old UST poster children to fool Casey and Beckman.
Sarah's last name is...Kent, originally the character's name was Sarah Kent but the writers changed her name to Sarah Walker for some unknown reason.
The Ring's endgame is to create disposable Intersects.With the introduction of the pill in "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac", there is now a way to turn your average Joe off the street into a sociopath. Combine that with FULCRUM's research on a new Intersect, the portable kung fu glasses, and we got ourselves a problem.
Casey's not out of the game.
Laudanol was always meant to be tested on Chuck.
Chuck will be forced to kill Shaw
Beckman will end up doing a Drayfus-Clouseau routine with MorganMorgan, though well-intentioned, has the common sense and physical abilities of a child. Even so, he is incredibly perceptive, and twice as lucky. In other words, much like Clouseau. Beckman is a by-the-book general who always goes for the obvious answer. Beckman will continually find herself looking for reasons to fire him, all while he bumbles upon the correct answers for cases. After the insanity test that Operation Bartowski is already putting her through, this does not bode well.
The Director and the guy in the middle of the Ring Elders are the same person.Think about it... the Ring Elders is obviously a group of highly renowned leaders to the Ring, and the Director has been repeatedly said to be the agency's big cheese. There's also the fact that the Director meets Shaw as a hologram in a room very similar to the Ring Council Chamber. And when he speaks in "Chuck Versus the Mask", it really sounds like he's using a voice changer, so he obviously wouldn't have sounded like the Director we would "first meet" in "Chuck Versus the American Hero".
Chuck's dad is Sam Beckett.He finally got back to the present and, deciding he'd had enough of time travel, switched to another top-secret project, the Intersect. He was put in witness protection as "Stephen Bartowski" (note the initials!) when Roark went rogue.
Shaw is a timelordHe's been 'killed' how many times now? Plus there's a rule that someone has to be.
Stephen Bartowski is a timelordHe's been "working for himself" for centuries due to his long timelord life and is regenerating as we speak.
No one is a Time Lord......but they are Highlanders.
Chuck's mother is a Ring memberShe was kidnapped by the Ring threatening the lives of Ellie and Chuck, forcing her to work for them; but when Chuck finds out, he puts her though a Heel Face Turn.
The Big Bad in Season 4 will be Daniel ShawSurprised that this one has not made it here yet. He is presently The Dragon, but considering how the Big Bad has changed between seasons (none in Season 1, Roark in Season 2, and Ring!Mark Sheppard in Season 3) he could very well end up in the Big Bad chair come next season.
Stephen Bartowski is not dead.That "cellular regeneration" thingy is such a Chekhov's Gun. It worked for Shaw, bet it can work for Stephen.
Season 4 theories regarding Orion's old enemiesI got the impression these "old friends" of Orion we saw the codenames for (Hydra, Phase Two, CYGNUS, The Aries Papers, The Triangulum (CAPTURED), The Fornax Group and that) weren't specifically a big bad evil group like the Ring but brilliant scientists/tech engineers etc who were going to use the intersect technology and whatever else they came up with for their own purposes. That they are currently all working separately on projects along with each hunting for Mrs. B., especially now that Orion is dead.
Chuck's MotherThe hunt for Chuck's mom and her joining Team Bartowski may start off seeming like a repeat of them finding his dad but I think she'll probably have some "darker" motives and possibly try to "save" them by having them be with her as she joins the enemy.
Anna will be turned against Morgan and Chuck by whatever group ends up being the Season 4 Big Bad.Casey's recommendation to have her tested resulted in her being recruited, but by an agent of The Ring, likely by the chef she ran off with in Hawaii. She came back to the Buy More to get back together with Morgan, and worm her way into Team Bartowski.
Shaw will finally get Killed Off for Real by Chuck.It's as obvious as what we all thought was going to happen in the first place, but hey. I vote for Chuck to decapitate and/or gut him like a fish with a samurai sword.
The Intersect is an early version of Snow CrashIt can impart vast amounts of information to human beings through purely visual stimulus, but usually results in insanity or a comatose state. Even those who can handle the information overload will lose their mind before long without a device to regulate their system for them. By the time of the events in Snow Crash, it will either have been weaponized or become corrupted due to being tinkered with by people who didn't know what they were doing some time after the United States government fell apart.
Casey is Jewish.Or at least knows Yiddish. He said oy gevalt, after all.
Sarah's spy will is a Chekhov's Gun that has yet to be firedWe get an entire episode where spy wills are a big plot element, and we not only see Sarah give hers to Chuck, but see him write his own. Given what is in a spy will, there is a very good chance that there will be something in there that Chuck flashes on. The writers can also be extra sadistic by adding something in there that might shake up the Chuck/Sarah relationship. Sure Chuck will have to believe Sarah is dead in order to bring it out, but hey, there are plenty of ways for that to happen without her actually being dead.
Chuck's mom is on...Her own side. She just doesn't know if she wants the family, and her country, or if she wants to helm Volkoff's group instead.
The box under the car Ellie is left is...A supercomputer containing a gestalt of Orion as an AI.
Sarah's mother is Sally Draper.Sally grew up, married a con artist who reminds her of her dad, and produced a spy baby◊ who looks almost exactly like Grandma Betty◊.
If the show is given the opportunity to have a proper series finale, the show will end with a Distant Finale And the Adventure Continues where one of either Chuck/Sarah or Capt. Awesome/Ellie's grown up kids gets sucked into the spy life in a manner meant to echo how it began for Chuck back in season 1.Spy life is kind of the family business, what with both the elder Bartowskis being spies and the way all of Chuck's family has gotten sucked into it at one point or another. I wouldn't be all that surprised if Chuck's grandparents were all spies, too. So it would make sense that their kids would get in on the action when they become old enough. It might be a stretch to actually show this all happening, but they could at least leave the show on a note where the audience is given the kind of spark needed to imagine what kind of adventures the next generation of Bartowskis might have.
Chuck and Vivian have got the same mom.The ages don't quite work out, but seriously—look at that hair! And if not, who is her mother?
Stephen J. Bartowski is not dead.
Stephen J. Bartowski is dead, but will be revived.He IS dead, but, he's brought back similarly to Shaw.
In the upcoming season, the Intersect will react poorly with Morgan's brain, which will be a problem because the team no longer has access to government resources.
In the final episode, Chuck will deliver a Badass Boast to Clyde Decker.He'll start it with, "Hi. I'm Chuck. Here's a few things that you might need to know."
Those bugged Intersect glasses were sent not by Decker but Daniel Shaw.Which would furthermore mean, of course... we haven't seen the last of him...
Casey was the one Who sent that hitman to kill Morgan at the end of "Chuck Versus the Frosted Tips"After all, the trailer for the next episode shows Decker visiting Chuck & crew and asking for Casey.
The series will end with the Intersect passing to Jeff.
By the time series concludes, Casey & Gertrude will be a couple and be on good terms with Chuck & Sarah. Plus, Gertrude will "leave" Verbanski Corp. and join Carmichael Industries.It would just be heartwarming to see that the winking and hints and nudges that we've seen every time the topic pops up pay off in this manner, and we see that the two become a couple by the end.
The person about to be let out of prison at the end of Chuck Versus the Curse isn't the man behind the overall plot to get Chuck and the team...
Chuck still has the original home-brewed Intersect in his brain
The "baby" that's alluded to at the end of Chuck Versus the Santa Suit is...An orphaned baby that's with another family after Sarah (unintentionally) orphaned the baby by killing their birth parents during a mission in Hungary.
The one Kidnapper in Chuck Versus The Bullet Train is Colonel MitchellThe SGC is infiltrating Quinns Organisation to steal the Intersect and then load it with an Ancient Repositorium of Knowledge or (Atlantis Database) to create a safe way to access it. They just don't ask the CIA for a pristine copy because after the whole NID stuff they don't trust the intelligence community. In the finale they will also send in SG-12 and trying to switch Casey for Colonel Dixon for this purpose. They only don't know yet who will get the Ancient Intersect (O'Neill already said "No!" repeatedly and they all are ignoring McKay)
That drawing of Sarah and Chuck's post-spy life is a Chekhov's Work of Art.Given the circumstances presented at the end of Chuck Versus the Bullet Train, my guess is that Under Quinn's orders, Sarah will come after Chuck, who then shows Sarah the drawing, which will help in restoring her memories to normal. They really emphasized the fact that she remembers the drawing the most, even with the tainted Intersect erasing her other memories, which makes one wonder.