Warning: This post has serious spoilers for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three finale which aired last night. If you haven’t seen the final episode yet, you shouldn’t proceed any further.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has teased us for months that a member of the team wasn’t going to survive. With two flashes forward, we knew that a body in a S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform would be floating in a Quinjet in space along with Yo-Yo’s cross necklace. With Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennett) seeing the second flash-forward with the audience, the members of S.H.I.E.L.D. were also aware that a death was coming for whoever held the necklace. After all of the teasing and speculation, Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) turned out to be the agent that sacrificed himself to save humanity at the end of the season.
Mitchell’s character joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in season two, and as a fellow Inhuman, helped Daisy become more comfortable with her powers. He spoke with Entertainment Weekly about his character being the “Fallen Agent.” Of course, the cast didn’t know who was going to die until they received the script for the final episode, but still, Mitchell had a feeling that his character might be the one to go.
When they had initially revealed that someone is going to die, I was like, “That’s a really cool twist.” Part of me was like, “But it’ll probably end up being [someone random].” Then I was like, “Actually, no, maybe it is going to be something big.” That would be a really cool season-ending thing if it was one of the main cast, because that hasn’t really happened. Ward kind of died, but Brett stayed on the show, therefore you’re not losing an actor. Then I was like, “Well, they’re not going to kill off any of the originals. That’s the show. That’s what the core of the show is.”
Then I started thinking about the peripherals around the core members, which I consider myself to be one of the peripheral characters because I came in late in the game. I was like, “Well, they’re not going to kill Yo-Yo because that would be too obvious because it’s her necklace. She’s awesome and she’s a comic book character who they’ve just introduced and barely used.” Then I was like, “Joey, would they kill Joey off? He’s not a comic book character. No, he’s Latino and he’s gay, they better not kill him off.” Then all of a sudden I’m like, “I think it could be me, straight white guy.”
It was a really funny thing. Early on, before I knew knew, I started to get a feeling that it could be me. To be perfectly honest, all things considered, I think it’s the right choice. Dramatically, it’s really interesting. I take my hat off to them for killing the straight white guy. There’s been so much talk about killing off gay characters or killing off minority characters. We have such diversity on our show, which is terrific. When it was me, I was like, “touché.” Obviously I’m very sad to be saying goodbye, but I think it’s good for the story.
Lincoln definitely went out on a high note, using his powers to take over the Quinjet, allowing Hive’s particles to be dispersed into space, rather than across Europe to create more of his Primitive Inhumans. In the process, we also saw the last of Hive (Brett Dalton), as he was destroyed in the Quinjet, as well. Do the circumstances of his character’s death ease Mitchell’s pain over leaving the show?
Sure. If you’re going to die, I couldn’t have written a better ending for the character. Yeah, there’s a little bit of, “Cool. Save the girl. Save the world. Great.” Knowing what Daisy has seen [in the prophecy], then going, well, “It’s me or her, and I’m not having it be her.” He doesn’t want to be in that position. He’s not suicidal. He’s f—ing scared, even after the events take place and he’s in the quinjet with Hive. He’s terrified, but he knows he’s made the right decision, because if Daisy had sacrificed herself, I’m not sure he’d be able to live with himself.
But, yeah, still sad. As an actor, when you step into a character’s shoes, you really live and breathe this character, and you try to flesh it out as much as you can with the writing that you’ve been given and the limited information about future episodes. You start to see all the possibilities. You start seeing this just grow and build, so from that point of view, I was initially sad, because I was like, “There was more to mine with the character.” I would’ve had fun continuing this journey going into the next season. But now taking a step back, in hindsight, it’s absolutely the right choice.
When it comes down to it, Mitchell poses some great points as to why his character was the right one to kill off. Given how prime-time shows have been axing female leads over recent months – as well as LBGTQ characters – killing off Lincoln was the only real option without causing an uproar. After all, killing Coulson would have been a copout with him having already returned from the dead once before, and with FitzSimmons finally having found some peace, killing off Fitz would have caused anger from fans of FitzSimmons – especially after he nearly died in the season one finale. So, while it was unfortunate to see Lincoln die, it was ultimately the right choice. That entire scene served as a nice end-cap to a tense third season, and it helped push Daisy’s story in another direction, as evident by the final minutes of the episode, for the upcoming fourth season.
How do you feel about Lincoln’s sacrifice, making himself the Fallen Agent? Let us know in the comments!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for its fourth season this fall.
Source: Entertainment Weekly