Right around this time one year ago, we were first introduced to Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since his introduction, he has gone back and forth with his feelings towards S.H.I.E.L.D and is only really playing nice with them when convenient for him and to further grow closer to Daisy.
When the show returns tonight, Lincoln will be helping out S.H.I.E.L.D. as a member of the newly formed Secret Warriors. We do not know how long he will stick around, but in a recent interview with Comic Book Resources, Mitchell talked about playing the character and what it is like being in the show and the MCU.
It’s been an incredibly daunting experience, but also really fun. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a terrific fan base and it’s been great to interact with them on Twitter and meet them for events and things like that. But by the same token, coming onto an already established show with an established cast, and people already have their favorites, it’s tricky. It’s not an easy thing, but at the end of the day as much as us actors liked to be liked, it’s not about that, y’know? You’re just trying to do your job. And I’m trying to do mine and do it the best that I can with the gold that the writers are giving me.
This season has given us more of Lincoln’s backstory, but there is definitely more to be explored moving forward. His history with abuse has shown that he is not golden boy as Mitchell puts it, and he’s enjoyed playing that out.
Season Three has been a lot of fun because it’s really been a lot of stripping back of what little the audience knew about my character that was introduced in Season Two, and the writers have really changed it up for Season Three and we’re playing much more in the gray areas; playing with the darkness a little bit. Not to say that my character’s a bad guy, just not so much of a golden boy.
As mentioned earlier, his loyalties are not 100% towards S.H.I.E.L.D. but Daisy is keeping him around for now. He would not say too much about what is in store for Lincoln but did talk about why he is there and if the Daisy/Lincoln love story will continue to play out.
When the show picks up again he’s in S.H.I.E.L.D. — he’s working with S.H.I.E.L.D. — I think that’s safe to say without being shot. The reason he’s with S.H.I.E.L.D. is because of Daisy, that’s fairly obvious. But the fact is, he is in S.H.I.E.L.D. He has to remain there because that’s the best thing for him. At this point in time he doesn’t have anything else. He has Daisy, and therefore he has S.H.I.E.L.D. And therefore he wants to stay in S.H.I.E.L.D. and do the best he can for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Moving forward we’re definitely going to deal a little bit more with some of the things that were introduced in episode three, with some of his past demons eventually popping up…Yeah, before I get in trouble I’ll stop that sentence…
I think I’m allowed to say Lincoln and Daisy will continue to, y’know, romance a little bit. There’s a blossoming romance there for sure.
So far S.H.I.E.L.D. has not been all on board with incorporating Inhumans to the team, and Lincoln’s strong personality certainly will not make it easy. Him fitting in with the agents and other Inhumans will bring about some fun for the character and the show in the duration of season 3.
It’ll be like a square peg in a round hole. He’s not going to fit in smoothly. And that’s going to be the fun of it, to be within S.H.I.E.L.D., but kind of be an outsider within S.H.I.E.L.D. Having different opinions and different perspectives, not necessarily being a trained agent amongst trained agents, being an Inhuman — the only other Inhuman really of the main guys, other than Daisy.
All I’ll say is this: There’s fun to be had with my character. I’ve been having some fun and there’s more coming up.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns tonight at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.