Warning: This post contains spoilers for last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 3×17, “The Team.” If you haven’t watched, I’d suggest not reading any further at this time.
Last night, Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) betrayed all of her friends on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as she revealed that she has been “infected” by Hive. With the world’s most impressive flounce, she literally shook S.H.I.E.L.D.’s world as she walked out of their lives toward the dark side. While Bennet spoke a lot last week about Daisy’s rise to a leader, it seems that was just a diversion. Her real conversion is to Hydra.
In an interview with IGN, Bennet explains how it feels, as a cast member, to be told that you are having this sort of character change. Obviously, getting big news about your character when you are on a show like this, isn’t usually a good thing. How did she feel when she was told that she would betray S.H.I.E.L.D.?
I was genuinely kind of horrified. The writers brought me up to the office and I was like “Oh, okay I’m dead!” That’s what you always think when you get brought up before an episode is about to come out and they were like “No, no you’re not dead. But… You’re evil!” So they explained to me what sway was and what being under sway meant. It was really hard for me to understand and I was like, “What does that mean? Am I bad? Am I like this forever?” The writers come up with 22 hours of content every season, so things are going to happen. People go through spells when they’re not themselves!
As far as transitioning into her darker self, Bennet says that it was difficult.
It was really hard for me to make that transition. We live with these characters and I feel like I play Daisy more than I am myself for how much we work and you want to really understand and really respect the character’s decisions and when you don’t, it’s hard. When you’re shooting, you have to be in that headspace. This is a person that’s essentially under drugs without her control. But she’s still acting like herself and I think that was the hardest part about it. And it was really tough to betray Lincoln like that. That was really hard for me. I was like “Why? Why did you do that?” [Laughs]
I think it’s safe to say that most of us felt the same way, when Daisy betrayed her Inhuman friend and lover, Lincoln. But it was also heart-breaking to watch her destroy Headquarters with her powers as she walked away. Bennet says that Daisy has been restraining herself, and using her powers more fully will open up other discussions throughout the MCU.
Yeah, I think you see how much she’s been restraining herself at SHIELD, which kind of ties into the whole Civil War theme to me. How much control should people have over people with powers? Because the second people who are manipulated are put into the wrong hands or are raised by someone who doesn’t have good intentions, these people can be incredibly powerful — and that’s evident and emblematic in what Daisy goes through. Because she becomes so much more powerful under Hive’s sway. That clearly shows how much she’s been restraining her powers and how much she controls herself. She really goes crazy moving forward with how brutal and unexpected and displaying new ways that she’s powerful. We’ll see more of that coming up, which was fun to do. To go, “That’s cool, I can do this and I can do that.” But knowing that it’s not for the greater good is a bit tricky for me.
We still have the ominous flash-forward that we’ve glimpsed, with the death of a crew member. Does Dark Daisy still worry about this?
It’s 100% in the forefront of her mind. In “Spacetime,” episode 13, that proved that there’s nothing you can do to change fate. She saw the future and that is going to happen and so I think that’s a 100% in her mind for the rest of the season. It definitely leads to utter heartbreak.
The heartbreak will continue to come with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 3×18, “The Singularity.” If you haven’t seen the preview for the next episode, it is available here. How are you feeling about Daisy’s transformation? Let us know in the comments!