While Brett Dalton has been a cast member on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. since the beginning, his character has evolved more than any other on the show, having gone from a good guy with S.H.I.E.L.D. to a bad guy with Hydra, to a dead guy brought back to life by an ancient Inhuman. Dalton has definitely kept fans on their toes, ready to see which side he is on next, and leading up the season three finale, things are no different in that retrospect. Although it’s hard to imagine Hive surviving the battle teased for the two-part finale, it wouldn’t be too shocking to see the writers find a way to bring him back once more, although it’ll definitely take some skillful writing on their end. With that in mind, IGN was able to sit down with Dalton recently to talk to him about the two-hour season finale that will air tomorrow night. When asked to provide information without spoiling the episodes, Dalton suggested some out-of-the-box thinking in regards to the much-hyped “Fallen Agent.”
Oh, let’s just go ahead and spoil it, man. [laughs] Let’s do it. Seriously though, what can I tease? I think we’ve really outdone ourselves on this show. This is an action-packed two-hour finale. From minute one. There is an arms race as SHIELD is trying to stop Hive from using his nuclear delivery system. Daisy’s in captivity. They’re not sure if she’s still maybe slightly under Hive’s control – swayed in some way. They don’t know what happened with Lash exactly. Can they trust her intel or is she trying to con SHIELD and Coulson? And, of course, there’s always the question of “Who will die?” Who is the Fallen Agent? I bet it’s a real estate agent. I bet it’s someone they introduce right at the end.
What we saw of Lash last week was that he used his powers to remove the control that Hive had over Daisy, allowing her to escape. This was one of the rare times that everything didn’t go as planned for Hive, who has been one step ahead of everybody ever since he materialized in Dalton’s body. So what kind of effect can we expect Daisy’s escape to have on Hive?
I mean, I think she’s the one who got away. The one who escaped. Every other Inhuman has been susceptible to Hive’s sway, including her, but this monster Lash came along and now none of Hive’s tricks worked. Daisy was somehow able to have her Hive-ness removed and crushed right in front of him. Hive is all about destiny. He believes in a purpose. A higher purpose that everyone has. And he’s incredibly smart. He’s probably put it together that Lash’s purpose perhaps was to take Daisy off of the Hive drug and be free. And that’s a threat, but also Hive is used to threats. And things not working out as planned. But that won’t stop him. He’s still very much on a mission. There are just a couple more complications now and hopefully they won’t come back to bite him on the behind. Or the BE-HIVE.
As far as Hive’s mission, he clearly wants to turn the people of Earth into Inhumans under his control, but nothing has been said of what he will do with them once he has this power. Dalton explained that there might be a positive reason for Hive to want all this power, although that seems rather unlikely as of right now. Then again, there’s still plenty about Hive that we don’t know heading into tomorrow night’s finale.
I think he’s of the mind that humans had their chance with Earth. We saw on Maveth that there used to be a civilization there and they were quite advanced. But things didn’t quite work out. It’s a muddy story that we don’t hear too much about, but we heard little bits of it from Will when he was taken over by Hive, just before Fitz killed him. And so as Hive’s now looking out at this cityscape with Daisy, he says humans have had their chance. I think what he wants is are all Inhumans to under Hive, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [laughs]
Hive wants to have everyone with a collective purpose. And if they’re all under sway, there’s no conflict. No war. No famine. None of the things that continue to plague humanity. All Inhumans will be under the same banner essentially and all have the same common goal. They’ll have different superpowers, obviously, but those powers will all be in the service of the same thing. And Hive happens to be at the head of it and of course Hive has an ego. But at the end of the day, this is just what he thinks is his purpose. To be the great unifier of all these Inhumans. So let’s release some crystals! Let’s do it globally. And if you’re human you may have to die. But if you’re Inhuman there’s going to be another world on the other side of it.
We will see how far Hive gets in his master plan when tomorrow night’s two-episode Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D finale with episodes “Absolution” and “Ascension“. Do you think that Hive’s plan is a Utopian community of Inhumans here on Earth? Or is he up to something far more complicated? Let us know in the comments.