It is hard to believe that we are already at the mid-season finale for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. We’ve seen nine episodes to date, with crazy twists and turns throughout. Tonight, the tenth and final episode of 2015, “Maveth”, will air.

To recap where things stand heading into the mid-season finale, Ward took Fitz through the portal with Coulson following closely behind after diving out of a plane. Mack is the acting-director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has activated Lincoln and Joey for duty on the Secret Warriors. Simmons is still being held by Hydra, but S.H.I.E.L.D. is coming to the rescue.

Hypable was able to get some information on the episode before the world sees it and provide some interesting hints. Take a look at the six hints below.

‘Maveth’ lives up to its name

Let’s get this out of the way: Yes, there are casualties in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale. The deaths are as slow, intimate, and strange as anything Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet provided — and will make a profound and lasting impact on the show going forward.

Trust us — the people we lose in “Maveth” are definitely not destined to be forgotten

Coulson makes a crucial choice

Phil Coulson is actually missing for chunks of the action in “Maveth,” having been left unconscious after his ill-conceived intergalactic skydive. But when he comes to, the currently-not-Director is faced with an opportunity fraught with danger on every side.

The choice Coulson ultimately makes is audacious, both personally and on a greater story level. It also serves to close several thematic circles that have been threaded through Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and it begins the gradual, ominous unspooling of several more.

Maveth is revealed… sort of

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale provides fans with further clues on the nature and identity of Maveth. But while we are delivered a few straight-up, quite surprising facts, much remains the providence suggestion and hint. The true meaning of Maveth’s powers is probably there, but it remains tantalizingly shrouded in mystery.

And of course, the arcane elements of “Maveth” are meant to be exactly that. After Tuesday, fans will have three long months to parse over these clues, and trust us, you’re going to want to.

Ward makes a change

Grant Ward remains a driving force in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale, but not exactly in the way he (or, presumably, fans) may have expected. The change that comes over the series’ long-term antagonist is by turns surprising and natural, and, like so much in “Maveth,” promises to have a compelling impact on the story still to come.

Director Mack FTW

On a light(ish) note, the episode also allows Mack to earn A+ marks as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Which is not to say that everything goes right — far, far from it. But Mack’s decisiveness, bravery, and selflessness probably earn make him one of the best leaders the organization has ever had — and it’s only his first day.

Mack believes in his agents in a way that Coulson has struggled to do since season 2; everyone from Daisy to cinnamon-roll newbie Joey shines under his leadership. Whether they’ll have the chance to continue working under Mack, though… well, that’s something the explosive events of “Maveth” leave in question.

That ending! Oh boy, that ending

Like executive producer Jeph Loeb teased us last month, the conclusion of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale is a symphony of surprises. When the screen goes black, there will be little doubt of where the characters’ allegiances are arranged — though how they feel about it is a drastically different, and much more complicated matter. It’s the meaning of these allegiances that remain (occasionally frighteningly) opaque.

Once again, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. proves to be television’s most fearlessly chameleonic hour. Where last year’s mid-season finale was a literal earthquake, the midpoint of season 3 seems is the kind of evolution that seems subtle, until you see what’s under the surface. “Maveth” does not just change the rules. In the span of less than a minute, it changes the entire game.

After reading these hints, it seems like “Maveth” will be a packed episode. We will get deaths, character turns, a partial reveal on the oldest Inhuman, and probably more.

Last week gave us two A.T.C.U. deaths with both Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) and Agent Banks (Andrew Howard) meeting their ends, but it sounds like we’ll get even more this week. Who could be nearing the end? I think the highest chances of death go to (in no particular order): Simmons, Lincoln, Ward, and dare I say Coulson.

Ward may not end up dying but it sounds like he’ll have a moment of change during the episode. Could Ward get a redemptive arc after being the big bad? I hope not. Having him merge with or being a host body for Maveth would be very interesting.

Speaking of Maveth, we’ve gotten hints at who this mysterious being could be. It’s name means “death” but I doubt it is actual the Death – the one that Thanos loves. People have also called it the oldest Inhuman. It does not appear that we will get a full reveal of who it is, but hopefully just enough hints to get a better idea of who/what it is.

What do you think will take place during the mid-season finale? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below!

The mid-season finale for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will air tonight on ABC at 9 p.m. EST.

Source: Hypable.