Over the past three season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we’ve seen plenty of relationships evolve between these characters, sometimes for the best, and sometimes for the worst – Daisy (formerly Skye) and Ward immediately come to mind. However, the most interesting development over these past few seasons has been the relationship between both Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). When we first met them back in season one, they were two bubbly best scientist friends that were always attached at the hip, but over the course of the season, it became evident that there was something more there.
At the time, it seemed very one sided when Fitz decided to tell Simmons how he felt during the explosive finale that found them trapped in a box at the bottom of the ocean. Of course, when season two hit, we began to see Simmons question how she felt about Fitz, and since then, it’s been a matter of will they or won’t they? Not exactly something you’d expect to see on a show like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but something that has come to make sense as we’ve come to know these characters better over these three seasons. In this week’s episode, both Fitz and Simmons decided to seek out a fresh start. So what does this mean for the characters going forward? Speaking with the folks over at IGN, both Henstridge And De Caestecker teased what’s next for the fan-favorite duo.
While Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. undoubtedly does a fantastic job of showcasing strong, and fully realized, female characters that are able to kick someone’s ass, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Simmons has found herself in a few instances where she ended up needing a man to help save her – something Henstridge, herself, admits. Going forward, it appears as though we can expect that to change as Simmons sets out to train, and arm herself, to be able to take care of herself from here on out.
“It’s a recurring theme for her that she needs a man to save her. On the planet, she only got back because Will sacrificed himself for her,” Henstridge reflected during a recent visit to Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s set. “She let [Lash] out because she wanted to save herself, and she didn’t know how she was going to do it. She knows she doesn’t have the combat skills to be able to take on all those Hydra soldiers. Selfishly, in hindsight, she sacrificed all of those Inhuman lives to save her own. She’s just done with not being able to look after herself in that way.”
“She’s going to try to arm herself, but also it’s a period of growth for her to realize you make mistakes and you make decisions in an instant. It’s another thing she’s got to carry on her back. It’s another motivating factor to keep being a SHIELD agent and keep trying,” said Henstridge.
And while both Fitz & Simmons have decided to start over, according to Henstridge, we’ll have a bit of a break before the story begins to focus on Fitz-Simmons’ possible relationship once again.
“It feels to me like we’ve earned this moment of calm a little bit; that you can’t have too much volatility in a relationship and you can’t ask too much of the audience to be like, ‘OK, now you need to care about this massive argument too,'” she said. “They’ve been through so much and have nearly lost each other so many times that for them where they are at the moment, we don’t know what’s happening, we don’t know what our relationship is going to turn into, or if we’re going to be friends or more, any of that stuff, but it doesn’t really matter because at least we’re both alive and on the same planet.”
However, while both Fitz and Simmons may be unaware of their potential romance going forward, Henstridge believes that it’s a natural next step for the two characters. As she describes it, these two characters are “too suited for each other.”
“The further down the road we get, the more they are too suited for each other and way unsuited to anybody else they’re ever going to meet having been through so much together. They owe it to themselves to at least explore that,” she said. “This is Agents of SHIELD — who knows how long a good, functional relationship lasts? I think they had to at least try. When they finally had their first kiss, some of that was just to get it out of the way so they could see what was on the other side of that. It could be that they just stay friends, but they’ve tried every other option at this point, so I understand why they’re at least exploring the more romantic options.”
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