When we last saw Daisy Johnson during the season three finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., she was in a very conflicted space. Lash saved her from the influence and control of Hive, but the physical damage to the team and emotional damage to herself was already done. Combining these elements with the loss of her love interest Lincoln, Daisy leaves the team and goes Rouge six months later. Showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the path the character has taken and where it will take her going into season four.
“She’s in a place where she’s pushing herself beyond her limitations,” EP Maurissa Tancharoen adds. “Whether or not that’s being self-destructive or just trying to be her own version of her best self, we’ll explore that question.”“We know from the past that your power comes with a price,” EP Jed Whedon says. “It damaged her when she first used it and you have to learn to control it. Part of her nothing-to-lose attitude has allowed her to unleash her power on a level that’s much more aggressive, but also much more dangerous.”
We have already seen Daisy’s powers quite possibly at max when she destroyed the S.H.I.E.L.D. base in season three, episode 17, “The Team“. But now, when season four launches next week, she will use that aggression to go up against Ghost Rider played by Gabriel Luna. More than likely, as we touched on before, it will be Daisy’s goal to protect the powerless that will put her in direct conflict with the spirit of vengeance.
Unfortunately for Daisy aka Quake, it is the worst time for her to start a career in vigilantism. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, S.H.I.E.LD. will be coming out of the shadows and tracking down any enhanced individuals. If you remember in the end credits scene for the Season 3 finale, she uses her powers creatively to sort of jump over a building and out of sight just as her former teammates arrive at the scene. It also appears the theme of Inhumans will return for Season 4, possibly, even touching on the royal family. But because of Daisy’s Inhuman roots, she will likely have to tread carefully.
“Now there is global awareness of enhanced individuals,” Whedon says. “The Sokovia Accords have changed the public perception of our people. While S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mission statement is the same that it always has been — which is to protect people from things that they don’t understand, and to protect those people that we don’t understand from others — now there’s a whole political aspect that’s tied to it.” “She’s on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s radar and she’s on the run,” Tancharoen says, teasing that the new director will be implementing his own methods. “All of these new rules in place and the awareness of Inhumans, it does not bode well for her, especially her being an Inhuman.”
There are plenty of new stories to keep fans interested, as well as something Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has never really had, which is a character like Ghost Rider who can tie in to the rest of the MCU. In previous seasons, it felt like the show needed to make something out of nothing, which they did very well, creating storylines and wrapping them up nicely in a bow. With this upcoming season, though, it looks like the audience will be on a roller coaster ride that they don’t want to stop. Chloe Bennet herself spoke about how this time it’s different:
“All the storylines that we started at the beginning of season 1 really wrapped up at the end of season 3,” Bennet says. “We’ve had some major losses of people who have been with us on the show since season 1. From the table read to the first day on set, there’s definitely a new energy of the show and it feels different and it is different.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC on Tuesday, September 20th in its new 10 PM timeslot.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.