Come September 20 when the fourth season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres, Daisy Johnson has gone AWOL from the very agency that’s provided her with resources and a home for the past three seasons.
As we saw at the end of season three, Johnson (Chloe Bennet) appears to be on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agents Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) hold a stakeout to see exactly what she is up to.
With a confirmed six-month time lapse between seasons three and four, it seems that Johnson has had time to reflect on losing her Inhuman boyfriend Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) in the finale of season three, in addition to coming to terms what happened under Hive’s (Brett Dalton) mind control during the later part of season three.
Even though she’s officially been an Inhuman for the better of the series, come season four, Johnson will fully embrace the Quake moniker.
“It was amazing. I love that it all stems from this hurt that she’s going through. It’s not necessarily her being this great superhero all of a sudden. She really becomes Quake because of the past she’s had and the loss she’s dealing with. It’s not perfect. That’s why Marvel resonates with so many people, the level of imperfection that these so-called superheroes have. She becomes Quake because she goes rogue, because every time she gets close to someone they die. Her mom tried to kill her and her dad had to kill her mom and her first boyfriend was like a Nazi – she’s had a rough go these past couple of years,” Johnson said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Having her boyfriend Lincoln sacrifice himself for her when she was going to do it for him and die in that heroic, tragic way while talking to her, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Her way of protecting the people that she cares about is really by distancing herself from them and not letting anyone else get close to her. In her mind, that’s her way of showing love to the people she cares about.”
Although rogue at the beginning of the season, Bennet doesn’t think Johnson will stay rogue too long.
“I don’t think it will last very long, but we’re on episode three and I’ve had some of the best days I’ve ever had shooting these scenes. I’m doing some of the most crazy stunts I’ve ever done. It’s laced with all this pain and resentment. She’s seeking penance for the loss that she feels responsible for.”
That flash forward scene at the end of season three painted a mysterious picture of Johnson/Quake’s true intentions with going rogue when the viewers saw evidence of banks being destroyed. When asked about Johnson’s ultimate goal, Bennet said:
If you paused the TV and really looked closely at what those articles are saying about what she was doing, yes there happened to be some damage, collapsed bridges or physical damage to different cities, but always, magically, no one gets hurt. Two people were saved or one person was saved. If you look closely, Daisy isn’t as much of a threat but more of some sort of vigilante. Anyone who knows this character knows how much empathy she has. She cares for people so deeply that it’s actually to her detriment. It’s her downfall. I think that’s also her most badass trait, how much she’s willing to sacrifice for other people and that doesn’t go away no matter how much eyeliner she wears. She still has a heart of gold and wants the best for people and wants to help. If that would ever go away, then I’m done with this show. [Laughs] I’m leaving!
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, September 20, it will premiere in its new 10 p.m. timeslot on ABC.