Warning: Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 3×04 “Devils You Know” below.
Last night’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to a very unhappy end for Melinda May. While she was hunting down Ward with Hunter, Ward ordered for May’s ex-husband, Dr. Andrew Garner, to be killed. Even though they were separated, the two still had feelings for one another.
Moving forward, if Garner is actually dead, this should have pretty big repercussions for May and S.H.I.E.L.D. as a whole. Ming-Na Wen spoke to EW about what happened last night, and she doesn’t make it seem too likely that he’s gone for good.
Oh wow. I can’t answer that. But I can say his life is in danger and May can’t get to him, so she’s feeling very sucky about it.
If Andrew does in fact live through whatever went down between him and Hydra, questions remain about whether or not the two could rekindle their relationship. For what it’s worth, Wen doesn’t expect that to happen.
A lot of people, including my kids, thought that May left Andrew. What she tells Hunter is that it was the opposite. No matter what May feels, I don’t think she’s the type that would ever pursue, because she’s just this wounded soldier that if she feels there isn’t a chance for love again, she’s not going to pursue it. If he did make that decision to leave her, the chances might be slim.
Last night’s episode was the first time May has been back with S.H.I.E.L.D. this season, and even with Andrew gone, she’ll be sticking around for awhile.
For May, her motivation to protect her family — whether it’s her real family with her dad or her S.H.I.E.L.D. family — it definitely makes her have to come back. She doesn’t really have a choice. Even though she’s working on the outskirts with Hunter, she’s back.
Speaking of Hunter, his rage and revenge filled motives blinded him into going after Ward, no matter the cost. What happened to Andrew is his fault in the eyes of May, and that’ll change their relationship moving forward.
She never really liked him that much. [Laughs] She got a joy out of seeing him get beaten up a little bit. He’s like that annoying brother. There’s always going to be a level of distrust within her, because Hunter is too emotional. That’s something that I don’t think Agent May admires. She admires his loyalty and his drive to get something done, but it’s so emotionally driven that it bothers her a lot. Of course, what he did in this episode certainly doesn’t win him any brownie points. I think she’s quite pissed at him, because he was willing to sacrifice Andrew, even when she said don’t do it. He’s still like, “Whatever, bitch.” [Laughs] And then he doesn’t get Ward. That’s the worst part! It would be one thing to sacrifice Andrew and accomplish his mission, but the fact that he made the sacrifice and didn’t… Yeah.
The other person at blame for this is obviously Ward. May and Ward have a long history between them, and this is only the latest straw that will likely end with the two going head to head again, especially with May now on a mission.
It’s two fold: On a personal level of getting back at Ward, and on a professional level, which is he’s Hydra. That’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ultimate mission, to not have Hydra be born again. There’s definitely a desire to put him down.
When Ward saw May in the latest episode, he was not pleased to say the least. But was he scared of what May could do? We’ll have to wait and see.
I think Ward knows what May is capable of. But at the same time, he’s so cocky at this point and full of this delusion of grandeur, and that he has this higher mission. It’s definitely a concern, and yet a major thrill for him. If he can eliminate May, then he feels, above all else, that he can accomplish anything.
Now that she’s hunting down Ward with Hunter, May is definitely back with S.H.I.E.L.D. It was great to see her and Coulson reunite last night and hopefully we will get to see them together more moving forward, even if they don’t always see eye to eye.
They will always have strong affection for each other as friends, and who knows what else is buried under all that history. Ultimately, no matter what, if she comes back and is under his command again, she will always respect him and look at him as the leader of the group. They’re adult enough that they’ll be able to patch things up. But her seeing him as this flawless person who is able to follow the rules or do the right thing, that is a big question mark for May now, because she’s still uncertain about having the Inhumans. The Inhumans are an unknown variable. The Inhumans have the potential to do good, but they also have as much potential to do bad. They’re very volatile and very unpredictable. For May, that is always more of a danger than an asset. Having Coulson wanting to have the Inhumans be part of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just going to be so much more work and so much more uncertainty. That’s a disagreement they have.
As May spends more time with Hunter, it would seem likely that Bobbi Morse would be joining them sometime this season. Wen hopes this happens, as I hope she could guest star if the spin-off show Marvel’s Most Wanted gets greenlit.
It would be fantastic. I love Bobbi’s character as far as she’s equally as capable and strong as May, and definitely a lot taller. They could definitely do some damage between the three of them. Bobbi has a tendency to be able to put Hunter in his place, so that’s always good.