We were cheered last year when Richard Armitage joined the cast of MI-5 for Series Seven, but as we’ve seen over and over again at MI5, spying is a very dangerous business (who knew?), often ending in the expiration of our favorite characters. Now that we’ve examined the production dossiers from Season Eight, we can make one guarantee: Richard Armitage appears in all eight episodes. In one he’s seen running past the O2 (formerly known as the Millennium Dome) — very 007 (as in The World Is Not Enough). As Season Eight opens, the longest serving member of the team, Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) has disappeared. The search for him uncovers conspiracies involving Iraq, the CIA, MI6 and perhaps even former colleague Ruth Evershed (Nicola Walker). Ruth first appeared in Season Two, but left for Cyprus four years ago to start a new life, or so she said. MI-5: Volume 8 comes out early next year, and rather than waiting until January 2012, we plan to release MI-5: Volume 9, currently airing on BBC in the UK, sometime next summer.