Throughout the first three season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., things have not gone the best for Daisy Johnson. After having her boyfriend Ward turn to Hydra, learning of her secret Inhuman DNA, having her mom try to kill her, seeing her dad kill her mom, getting brainwashed by Hive, and then having Lincoln sacrifice himself for her, she decided at the end of season 3 to leave S.H.I.E.L.D. and do things her own way. It is hard to fault her for making a change in her life, but this one likely will not last too long. Coulson and Mack are feverishly searching for her and as she further uses her powers, it could have some negative side effects.
When she first started to use her abilities, FitzSimmons discovered that it was causing harm to her body. Luckily, they developed her some gauntlets that were able to keep those effects away, but now that she is on her own, she is once again without any sort of protection from her own powers. While speaking to Comic Book Resources, Chloe Bennet was asked about where Daisy is when season 4 starts and it does not sound good.
Bennet: I’m not being monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D., and every step of the way through my transformation as an Inhuman… has been monitored by FitzSimmons and kind of containing and helping me grow my powers. And so, I think you’ll see the repercussions of her kind of using these powers and abusing them in a way, abusing her body, and so physically she’s in not great shape when we first see her in the first episode. She’s not going to be doing well.
Not only is she going to be in a bad place physically when the season begins, but also emotionally. She is, by her own choosing, alone in the world and not allowing anyone to get close to her. After begging Hive to take her back and then Lincoln’s death, she is in a very bad place when we get to see her again.
Bennet: She’s in a darker place. She’s mourning. She cares about the team so much that she feels like she is protecting them by kind of pushing them away, because I think she feel like everything bad happens around her and she can’t help but cause problems. Her way of taking care of the people she cares about is kind of pushing them away, which… is not the best thing. I don’t think it’s going to last long term, but… she’s really sad.
As for what Daisy being on her own brings to the overall story, suspicions about crossing paths with Ghost Rider early on seem to be correct. Showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen both teased that this story is the beginning of something else, which most likely will turn out to be Robbie Reyes.
Whedon: We put a lot of things down at the end of last year. We closed off some storylines, and obviously some people died, tragically or heroically, so we need new stuff. We’ve seen that Daisy has moved into sort of a vigilante mode of operation, and so I think she’s going to stumble upon new things in her adventures.
Tancharoen: It might be safe to say that Daisy and possibly Ghost Rider’s paths… you know.
As much as I would like to see Quake on her own and being a full-fledged superhero, I can’t see the show allowing this lone-wolf act to go on for more than two episodes. I hope I’m wrong, but I expect the encounter with Ghost Rider to push Daisy back to S.H.I.E.L.D. quicker than she would like. Either way, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the rest of the characters as we move closer to the start of season 4, so let us know what you want to see in the comments below!
Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres Tuesday September 20th at 10 p.m. EST on ABC.