Agents of SHIELD: Who paid the ultimate price in the fall finale?

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ EP Explains What’s Next After That Shocking Midseason Finale Death.

‘s big mid-season finale delivered on the big Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Ward (Brett Dalton) showdown we were promised—and not everyone made it back from that alien planet alive.Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is taking the adventure off-planet in an exclusive clip from the show’s winter finale — and Grant Ward is still a pretty bad guy.At the beginning of the season, we learned that “Maveth” is the Hebrew word for “death.” It’s a word we would hear over and over, mostly in relation to the monolith.Getting people to understand esoteric comic book stuff like Inhumans (humans with latent alien DNA that, when exposed to a material called Terrigen, grants them superpowers), a giant alien stone nugget called the Monolith that zaps people to other planets, or the bureaucracy of a shady government agency called the Advanced Threat Containment Unit is no easy task.

Last week’s “Agents of SHIELD” left three of our main characters trapped on a hellish planet with only one method of escape and an Inhuman monster lurking somewhere close by, and in Tuesday’s midseason finale, titled “Maveth,” things are going to get messy. A little background: Scientist Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) was trapped somewhere — an unknown location on Earth or another dimension, or just a different locale that might not be on Earth (that would be my guess if you follow the Marvel comics). But “death” has also been seen throughout the season in other ways: through losing those we love fatally (Rosalind), through losing those we love non-fatally (Garner), and through losing our sense of self (Simmons). But after that intense death scene, the Marvel series revealed that the mysterious, ancient Inhuman that Hydra was trying to bring through the portal took over Ward’s body and made it to Earth to ally with Hydra.

And while he doesn’t see a chance for any redemption in the traditional sense, Dalton says he doesn’t view Ward as a complete lost cause. “I think what makes that character so interesting in the first place is that the writers have done a really good job of giving enough moments of humanity that you see this guy is very much human, who doesn’t suffer from a lack of feeling, but too much feeling, who actually does have…empathy,” he says. “There’s a lost kid in there looking for a greater sense of longing and purpose, and we see all that stuff in a quote-unquote villain, and so I think there has to be that in there. Dalton hints that “something big and life-changing” happens on the other side of the portal in the winter finale, which may explain why Ward seems to have fully embraced his evil organization’s motto in the episode’s preview trailer: “In the preview, he says ‘hail Hydra,’ and I don’t think he’s ever said that, even jokingly, in the whole show up until that point,” he notes. That’d be the original Inhuman who we learned killed Jemma’s (Elizabeth Henstridge) beloved Will (Dillon Casey) as she was rescued by Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) earlier this season.

It wasn’t dead, so he took on Ward’s body — much like he did with Will — and returned to Earth ready to… well, it’s unclear what exactly the personification of evil plans to do. That’s why EW tracked down executive producer Jed Whedon, who very vaguely teased what’s next: JED WHEDON: It’s safe to say that he didn’t make it out of there the same. When Ward tries to threaten him with the fact Simmons will be killed if he doesn’t make it back, Fitz doesn’t back down: He just reminds Ward he’s expendable. Lurking deeper was sociopolitical commentary on how we treat people we fear — something that resonates with and reflects the xenophobia and Islamophobia that are now so prevalent in America.

I would like to say there’s always a chance at redemption, but it probably will not be the kind of redemption where, you know, he joins the team, everything is zipped up nice and tight and he’s indespensible now and has proven himself and everybody sits down with milk and cookies. So it’s an honor for me to be up there with him and I think we dance well together.” There will undoubtedly be tension between Fitz and Ward after all the two have been through, but that’s nothing compared to what we can expect if Coulson catches up with them, since SHIELD’s director has become uncharacteristically reckless in his pursuit of his former agent. “In a way, by taking out Rosalind, I get him to react really as Ward would, I get him to really play my game,” Dalton notes of the dynamic between the pair. “It is really cool to see that, and I play dirty … Ward will do anything to get the job done. Obviously Brett Dalton is sticking around, but what came with the decision to kill off or say goodbye to the Ward that we’ve known since the series started? In last week’s episode, Malick urged Ward to look beyond his simple drive for revenge and accept a role in Hydra’s larger plan. “It’s kind of fun and interesting to see Ward, who’s so hyper-focused on his goals to suddenly look up and see that it’s not just one tree.

Mack (Henry Simmons) is calling the shots, Daisy (Chloe Bennet) finally has a team of Inhumans at her disposal, and May (Ming-Na Wen), Hunter (Nick Blood), and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) provide the muscle. There’s a million different things and there’s a larger picture out there,” Dalton adds. “He sees himself, I think, as the hero of his own story, and we saw glimpses, in [last week’s episode,] when Coulson was interrogating his former band mates, they were telling about how he sees himself as this protector.

I think that was probably Brett talking more than it was Ward, but, you know, I was really liking that character.” As Dalton tells it, he didn’t have much time to prepare for this latest adjustment to his role in the series. “Well, it was the episode before, pretty much—much like the big turn that happened in season one,” he says. “I would say that the difference with this big one is this is a bigger shift than the one in season one. With all this going on — along with the previous episode’s cliffhanger of having Coulson briefly knocked unconscious — it should have been an exciting 40 minutes of Marvel television. Back on Earth, Hunter and Bobbi return to base and tell an aggravated Mack everything that happened. (Seriously, Mack’s been in this job for like, less than a day and I’m pretty sure he already needs to drink.) How do they get Fitz and Simmons back?

And that limits what kind of powers we see; it’s the reason a lot of superheroes have super strength, like in Jessica Jones, or are martial arts experts, like in Arrow or Daredevil. Oh, and Daisy’s noticed that they’re bringing in Inhumans from the ATCU (for that whole army-building thing Malick’s into), including Garner, so they’re pretty much doubly screwed.

Super Awesome Leader Mack figures out that the only way to do this is through infiltration — no tactical support — and Daisy finds that they can get into the castle via the aqueducts in the portal chamber. The group ships out on Mack’s orders, and I’m left wondering if it’s wrong that Mack has won me over as a leader in one episode more than Coulson has in more than 50.

The beauty of having Brett Dalton and the body of Grant Ward around, A. it’s easy on the eye, and B. there’s personal relationships between him and everyone else on the show. Since the start of season three, we’ve only seen two people added to Daisy’s Inhuman team and only one other main Inhuman character, the supervillain Lash. The possibility of more Inhumans is always hinted at, but we rarely if ever see them onscreen because they’re only discussed in theory or they’re killed before they’re shown.

This happened once again in the midseason finale, in which Inhumans were gathered in stasis chambers to allegedly become an army for Hydra’s great evil being. We didn’t even get to see any of them fight for their lives — which, if they were gonna die anyway, would’ve been more interesting than just finding out they’re dead. Granted, he doesn’t know who Will is, or that Fitz knows him, but I figure he’d be at least a little curious about who Fitz is getting so chummy with.

The verdict? “There’s a lot more blood, and I never considered the smell,” he jokes. (This is important when you think about later revelations.) “I can see why Jemma loves you,” Will shoots back. May’s ex-husband is now an Inhuman named Lash, but he’s still alive, and there is a looming feeling that there will be a Jekyll-Hyde storyline in the future. May takes out a bunch of Hydra people, as you do, but Simmons doesn’t need much saving. (YOU GO GIRL.) She steals a knife and gets out of her bonds, escaping into the compound, eventually coming across the stash of Inhumans. After Simmons gives him the cliff notes version of the past few episodes (no one knew the ATCU was working for Hydra, yadda yadda yadda), a distressed Garner asks her to get him out,and promises not to hurt her. He sweetens the deal by telling her he’s the only one who can protect her, and given the fact that Simmons is kind of out of options and does trust Garner a little bit, she’s convinced to open the module.

It never felt like we had the time to get to know her character, or at least to know her in a way that warrants the show’s love-of-a-lifetime-speaking-from-beyond-the-grave treatment. But she’s saved by May, as the team continues to infiltrate. (Daisy announces her arrival with quake powers and gets shot at, but Bulletproof Joey saves her). After being separated, Ward’s group attempts to wait out the storm… that is until he finds himself on the receiving end of an attack, too — but not from Fitz or Will, who have taken off.

It’s a huge loss for her, but it’s more of a question of how it’ll affect her and Fitz moving forward when there are so many conflicting feelings between them at all times, and now there’s even more. I’m beginning to think this place is like the world of Xena: Warrior Princess, where you can just kind of wander around and eventually you’ll run into each other. It’s a great tribute to how Brett Dalton has played Grant Ward, that there are people who still thought he could be redeemed after the horrible, horrible, may I add another horrible to the list of the things that he’s done.

As the group tries to figure out how far back this whole alien thing goes and how many people were probably trying to cover this up through the years (hint: a lot), they butt heads about the best course of action concerning the portal’s opening — especially after Simmons tells them she’s pretty sure it’s responsible for the planet’s desolation. But even after it was revealed he was in Hydra the whole time and he did all those reprehensible things to his own team and killed so many people, some fans still want to see him rejoin the SHIELD team and end up with Daisy.

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