When the season three finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was coming to a close, Hive had been defeated thanks to Lincoln’s heroic act. This meant that not only was the show going to be without Brett Dalton and Luke Mitchell moving forward, but in a single moment Daisy lost two major people in her life. Hive had taken over Grant Ward’s body, the old love interest for Daisy, and went on to infect her with the desire to follow his every command. Lincoln on the other hand, was the recent interest of Daisy’s and as they tried to work things out, he went on to sacrifice himself to save the world.
It is certainly a moment that shook up the series, but not just for the cast, but ultimately for Daisy even more. As a result of their deaths and not being able to sacrifice her life in place of Lincoln, she took a new path with her life. She has now left S.H.I.E.L.D., is doing things her own way, and making a new name for herself. When IGN asked Chloe Bennet where this takes Daisy in season 4, the isolation is what she thinks is best for her and the ones she cares about.
Bennet: I mean, Daisy’s gone rogue and in my mind I feel like, my favorite part about playing her is she has so much empathy and a lot of people have asked her, she’s so cold now and she doesn’t want to be with the team. I don’t think it’s because she doesn’t. I think it’s because she cares about them so much that she has to separate herself to protect them and she’ll put herself through the pain she’s going through alone because she doesn’t want to hurt the people that are close to her. She cares about Coulson probably more than anyone, so I think her distance is more her way of really loving him rather than just being Avril Lavigne and skater boy look.
Once we found out that Daisy was no longer with S.H.I.E.L.D., we also learned that Coulson is no longer Director Coulson, but back to being known as Agent. Clark Gregg says that this is probably what Coulson wants anyway and that he is thrilled to be working with Henry Simmons more as a result of Daisy leaving.
Gregg: He lost his job. I think he was surprised to be given that job by Nick Fury at the end of season 1. He did his best to put S.H.I.E.L.D. back together again and I think had some successes, and at great personal costs, lost a lot of people he cared about so everyone’s kind of reeling from how much we’ve lost, and especially I think Coulson, it’s not easy for him to have Daisy gone, the runaway child with too much eyeliner. He’s messed up by it. That said, I do believe that he doesn’t hate having his first name be Agent again. I think he’s always been happiest in the field and if there’s an upside to Daisy taking off, its that suddenly Mack needed a partner.
We should continue to get more information on the larger story that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will explore during the fourth season, but so far Daisy, Ghost Rider, and possibly newcomer Lilli Birdsell look to have big roles. As filming continues over the next couple of months, we will start to get episode synopsis’ and much more.
Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will premiere on September 20th at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.