Last time we saw the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. gang, they were reeling following the events of the mid-season finale. The Coulson vs Ward battle with have a lasting effect on everyone associated with them. Two of those characters, Simmons and May, will have to deal with the outcome of what happened. Thankfully, Ming-Na Wen and Elizabeth Henstridge recently spoke to IGN about what is in store for their characters.
The decision for the show to turn Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood) into Lash was a big move for the season and not only changed his character’s story, but also the one for his ex-wife Melinda May. She started the season rekindling her relationship with him and even contemplated leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. permanently to make things work. However, his transformation sent her down a dark path, where she even ended up shooting him at one point. These conflicting emotions is changing the May we met at the beginning of the show.
There is definitely a transition in May trying to figure out how to not have her emotions, just to keep it in check the way she normally does. Because she’s been tapping more and more into her humanity and opening her heart to various situations this past season, I think she wants to continue, but is reluctant to because she feels like perhaps it might be detrimental to her as an agent.
During the first two seasons, there was a lot of time spent with Coulson and May together. This season has been a different story as each of them have been dealing with individual assignments.
I think most of Season 3 they were on different missions and different paths. He had a love interest and she had her ex-husband coming back into her life. I think that pulled them in separate directions. That hug they shared was kind of like, ‘You know what, we’ve had a lot of crap between us and a lot of distrust, but let’s start anew.’
Now that it seems like the pair will be spending more time together, and both currently without a romantic interest, there will be plenty of fans who want the friendship to become more romantic. If you are one of the people that ships “Philinda”, Wen is right there with you, but she wants it to be something that happens near the end of the show.
I want them eventually, but not for many, many years, depending on how long the series goes for. I think that’s what makes their relationship so interesting to watch and speculate about where their emotions are between each other. Truly, it’s about friendship and history together and admiration and living in a world that nobody else can understand but the two of them. They share those things together, and the attraction or the emotional stuff is just, you never know.
The most popular couple on the show is instead FitzSimmons. The pair has been through a lot since the beginning of the show, with the latest venture including the loss of Will. When we get back to Simmons in a few months, Elizabeth Henstridge says she is still dealing with these results.
Simmons is grieving. She knows that Will has not made it back and that he’s gone and that Fitz tried and all that stuff, so she’s in a funky place of trying to get over that. She has some survivor’s guilt, and she’s just so overwhelmed with how amazing Fitz has been throughout the whole process.
With Will out of the picture and FitzSimmons reunited, we would all think that it is finally time for them to actually be together. Henstridge would not give it away, but did mention Will still complicating things.
We’re just going to see what happens there, because obviously they’ve kissed and obviously she’s said I feel the same, but then Will didn’t make it. She’s got to resolve quite a lot of things. She definitely feels responsible because he died trying to save her, and him dying meant she survived.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with new episodes on March 8th at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.