Over the course of the last few weeks, Marvel has subtitled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as “Fallen Agent.” The subtitle was introduced just when Hive used his sway powers to get Daisy to join his team, but it also hints at an upcoming death. When season 3 returned from it’s winter break, the first scene shown was a glimpse of the future that Daisy would later envision – a quinjet in space, blood and a cross necklace floating inside, and someone wearing a S.H.I.E.L.D. jacket sitting on board.
During next week’s two hour season finale, someone will die. Every character is a candidate, but with the way they are promoting this, it needs to be someone important. I’m not hoping that a major character will leave since I like all of them, but when the finale ends, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have gone through 66 episodes with the entire original cast still intact. With that said, let’s take a look at who is most likely to see their time on the show come to an end following next week.
As much as I love watching May kick butt and having Ming-Na Wen on the show, I think she is the most likely to leave the show. This season started with her on leave from S.H.I.E.L.D. as an attempt to rekindle her romance with ex-husband Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood), but when he is revealed to actually be the Inhuman hunter known as Lash, the relationship crumbles. Since that point, May has often been sidelined within the S.H.I.E.L.D. compound and with Daisy replacing her as Coulson’s second in command there continues to be fewer things for her to do.
May would be better suited for what Most Wanted seems to be, but as S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes more involved with Inhumans and super powered people, she feels more out of her comfort zone. Instead of walking away, giving the Calvary a heroic death that not only saved her fellow agents, but also the powered people she has not always supported, would be a fitting end to her time on the show. How the cross necklace gets involved? Your guess is as good as mine.
Mack was lower on my list prior to the latest episode, but with him now having possession of the necklace, he is the prime candidate. It could easily be the writers way of signaling that he could give it back or to someone else or simply leave it on the quinjet by accident. Mack has been a fan favorite ever since he joined last season, so seeing Henry Simmons leave would really suck. I would be surprised if he was the one to die, but weirder things have happened on this show before.
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Even though she has just recently joined the show, there is one giant clue that makes it seem like it could be her. Her golden cross necklace is centered in the shot, but she has now given it to Mack. Have they given Mack the necklace only so he can return it to her and further confuse viewers? It would be incredibly disappointing to see Natalia Cordova-Buckley leave, it could have a big impact on the rest of the show. Her death could prove the value of the Secret Warriors if she died saving the rest of the team and humanity, but also further give Daisy reason to doubt the team’s existence and her leadership qualities. She already blamed herself for the death of Trip, and another death on her hands as she is under the influence of Hive would provide her with some possible great moments to explore next season.
Recently, Fitz’s personal life has been pretty great. In the world of television, that means something bad is approaching, and it could be death. Fitz has achieved his goal of winning over Simmons and his recent speech about the universe could be a piece of foreshadowing. The only reason I can see Fitz sacrificing himself is if it is to save the life of the girl he loves. I would be really bummed if Iain de Caestecker were to leave the show, but he has risked his life more than once to save her this season, and it won’t surprise me to see him do it again.
Let us know who you think will die in the season 3 finale in the comments below! The two hour finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air next Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.