While Hydra has been the main villain on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during season two, there was one other character just as dangerous, one that had nothing to lose and whose allegiance was always in question – Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). Season two had showcased how much of a threat that he was, but it wasn’t until the end of the season that we saw the potential for Ward to become the true villain of the show – and the new leader of Hydra.
During season two, Dalton’s Ward was absent for numerous episodes, but going into this next season, it doesn’t appear that’ll be the situation. Per Dalton, while he won’t appear in every episode, we will definitely be seeing more of his character in season three.
CV: How much we’ll see you in Season 3?
BRETT: You will see more of me in Season Three than you did in Season Two. I’m the main baddie now. I don’t think you’ll see me every week, but you’ll definitely see me more than you did in Season Two. I’m looking forward to that. We shot some. We’re about four episodes in. The stuff that they are writing for me, and for the show…the stuff they’re writing for the show is epic and I feel like any one of our first couple of episodes could be a season finale. It’s crazy. I don’t even know how we’re going to shoot all this stuff. What they’re writing for me, in particular, I think is some of the coolest stuff I’ve been able to do on the show. That reminds me, I have to send a thank you note to the writers.
Of course, more screen-time is a given with Ward set to take over Hydra. Dalton goes on to explain that the Hydra we’ll see this season is not the same one we’ve become accustomed to. As the showrunners did with S.H.I.E.L.D. for the second season, they’ll be rebranding Hydra under Ward’s control.
CV: Can you tell us what Ward’s HYDRA might be like?
BRETT: I can say a little bit. I always say that we’re rebranding, and I go to town with this. It’s my favorite thing to do, to talk about how we’re rebranding. We’ve got balloons, streamers, and cookies now. We’re changing our logo to a happy face with squiggly arms. But that’s all just fun. That’s not actually what we’re doing.
This is not like your father’s HYDRA. In the past, they have been about world domination and all these things like that. It’s not so much pro-world domination as it is anti-S.H.I.E.L.D. This is the yin to Coulson’s yang. This is HYDRA in Ward’s vision. Ward isn’t for formality and all of that. Nobody’s twirling their mustache in this particular version of HYDRA. Nobody’s spitting back with their sniveling or cackling in an evil way. That’s not what this is about this season. It’s maybe a more stripped down version of it. But it’s going to be cool because this is somebody that we know is extremely capable and might have a grudge or two against Coulson. S.H.I.E.L.D. can be directly responsible, in his eyes, for two failed relationships that he’s tried to have which were very important to him—one with Skye and one with Agent 33. If it weren’t for S.H.I.E.L.D. meddling in all his affairs, he’d be a much happier man. So there’s an axe to grind.
We’ve seen the agents face off against various threats over the past two seasons, but this season looks to be a lot more personal with Ward taking them on. Could they redeem his character by the end of the season? Or will Ward end up biting the dust?
Moving along to a new tease from Entertainment Weekly featuring two fan-favorite characters!
As we saw when season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premiered on ABC last September, there will be plenty of changes when season three debuts next month, one of the most exciting ones being the tag-team of Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Mack (Henry Simmons). As fans of the show are aware by now, Mack expressed disdain for the Inhumans last season – including Daisy – so it’s going to be interesting to see their relationship do a complete one-eighty this season.
On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., why exactly is Mack — who has shown to be anti-alien and powered people in the past — working with Skye on a project that’s supposed to be secret and looking for powered people? — klutzy_girl
That’s because ~~Skye~~ Daisy and Mack are going to be the Mulder and Scully of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In other words, “The person who’s skeptical of alien stuff and the person who has it inside of her,” EP Jed Whedon says. Taking on much more of a leadership role this season, ~~Skye~~ Daisy is the only super-powered person within the Secret Warriors team when the show returns — but that won’t last for long.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three will premiere on ABC on September 29th, 2015.