Spoiler Warning: This article contains massive spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 9, “Closure.”
Last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was full of shocking moments for the viewers. The biggest moment was in the first few minutes of the beginning of the episode, which resulted in Constance Zimmer‘s Rosalind Price meeting the end of her run on the show. Following the episode, Zimmer spoke with Comic Book Resources about what made her interested in the role, the death scene, her character’s future, and more.
As to what made Zimmer initially interested in joining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we can thank Clark Gregg for her appearance.
You know, I was really excited to be working with Clark [Gregg]. I’ve been a fan for years and had known him a little bit socially but had never gotten a chance to work with him. I was definitely excited about getting to work with him, and I definitely think it truly was the excitement of being part of a Marvel Universe show and how big those shows are, how I’ve never done anything like it before. I wish I could say it was the character, but I didn’t even know what the character was when I signed on! [Laughs] That was also really exciting, to kind of just trust the writers. They’re so great; they did such an incredible job of making Rosalind this character that you really didn’t know if you were supposed to like her or not. My job was to make sure that people liked me no matter what; I kind of felt like that was important because it was such a short run. I felt like we had a lot to do in a short amount of time. It was a combination of things that drew me to it.
While Price’s fate last night was definitely shocking, this is not the first time that Marvel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have killed off a character. However, they have been known to bring some back from the dead. So the question remains, is Price actually dead and could we see more of her in the future?
[Laughs] I don’t know what you’re talking about!
What I love about the Marvel world is anything is possible. I’ll leave you with that.
Zimmer is also down to return, should her character find a way to come back. (She is listed on the cast for the mid-season finale for what it’s worth!)
Oh, absolutely! It’s been such an incredible experience behind the camera, in front of the camera, through social media, the fans — I had no idea this Marvel Universe is so incredible and they’re so devoted to their characters. It’s really made the experience that much more fun.
Truthfully, the fans have just been so incredible. I hope they’re not crushed too much by tonight! You know, you have to admit, [Rosalind’s death] drives a bigger story for Coulson, which I think is pretty incredible.
Given that Marvel is known for their secrecy, often handing out scripts the day of shooting, it isn’t entirely surprising that Zimmer found out about her character’s fate shortly before filming of the episode.
They definitely waited for quite a while. I had no idea how I was going to be leaving; I just knew at some point I had to leave, but I didn’t know how. When they told me how, it was definitely a shocker. It’s not just like, “Leave a note on the pillow and walk out the door.” It’s so final that it was so disturbing!
Rosalind Price is leaving the show now as a loved character by most, if not all, viewers. However, there are still plenty of questions about her background. Hopefully we get answers at some point, but Zimmer does not have them for us.
That’s a good question. I think, ultimately, she was always kind of meant to stay a mystery, because — with any kind of these secret organizations and what they do — there’s something to be told in the untold. Maybe, with us not knowing as much, it allows there to be storylines for something else to be divulged later down the road — that it’s good we didn’t give it all away right away.
It’s unfortunate that Price had to die, but I’m very interested to see where this takes the story, and Coulson specifically. Her death, plus that of Banks (Andrew Howard), basically eliminates the entire A.T.C.U. unit that isn’t secretly under the control of Hydra.
The mid-season finale for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs next Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST.
Source: Comic Book Resources