Later today, the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will come to an end, and it will shake up the show like never before. Someone is going to die and Marvel has been heavily teasing it, and throughout the episode they will be toying with our emotions and expectations. As the two hour finale builds towards a quinjet flying in space with a cross necklace and blood floating around a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in the pilot’s seat, the team will certainly have a run in with Hive.
The cast and showrunners of the show teased what will come in the finale to EW, and while a lot of the talk was focused on the final moments and the impact on the show moving forward, they did talk about Hive. Whenever Hive and his Inhuman army meet up with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Secret Warriors, what takes place will be tied to the showdown according to Clark Gregg.
Gregg: Hive hasn’t been secretive about the fact that he wants to reclaim our planet for Inhumans and, at best, subjugate humanity and, at worst, get rid of us. It’s safe to say those closing moments that are in Daisy’s premonition are very tied up with Hive’s final solution for humanity.
Hive is very adamant on having his plan succeed, no matter the cost. He’s experimented on humans, brought in the Kree, and has proven to be a very tough opponent for anybody to stop. Lash came close, but with him now gone, can anyone actually stop him? Not even Ming-Na Wen has the answer.
Wen: We have no idea. We really don’t. We’re going by certain old procedures. May knows that a lot of it is ineffective. It’s really trial and error at this point.
The one character that has the greatest chance of defeating him is the one that just got away from his grasp. Daisy is still dealing with the after effects of Hive’s influence on her. She will be trying to recover throughout the episode, but this is not all she will have to deal with, as the finale will bring about more long lasting changes according to Jed Whedon.
Whedon: At the end of the season, we see the repercussions a bit and how much it’s affected her. We see what she tries to do with that feeling, how she tries to repair it, and how deeply it’s affected her in terms of what she feels, how she couldn’t atone for those sins, and how she feels she must. With the events of the end of the season, it will affect her going forward probably forever.
That last line should give relief to anyone who thought Daisy was a real contender to die, and as you watch the finale tonight, they will not make it easy for you to figure out who will die. The biggest clue is whoever is in posession of Yo-Yo’s cross necklace. Last we saw, Mack was in posession of it, but a recent clip shows Daisy wearing it. Everybody teased just how often the necklace goes from one person to the next.
Bennet: They were cruel with it. It hopped to like five different people. Every time, you know the audience is going to be [scared].
Gregg: We were very aware when someone would pick up the cross. There’s a lot of sleight of hand with the cross. You don’t want to be the last person holding the cross.
Tancharoen: We like that the hot potato of death is this delicate little cross.
Whedon: We’re fighting the devil; it’s a question of faith. Some of it’s pretty meaningful as it passes hands, and some of it’s painful for the audience.
One of the other clues in figuring out the potential death candidate is looking at the right shoulder of everyone. Whoever is in the quinjet at the end is also wearing the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo on their jacket. The eagle eyed Henry Simmons noticed someone did not have that patch on her jacket, and as Wen explained, May never wears it.
Wen: Henry was hilarious during the episodes we were shooting because he was like, ‘How come you don’t have the jacket on? We all have the jacket on, but you don’t.’ I’m like, ‘May never wears it. This is May’s uniform when it comes to going into combat and being on mission.’ He’s like, ‘So, pretty much you’re safe?’
Henstridge: Everybody has the jacket on at some point. I was nervous who would end up with it, rather than what if it’s me? You really don’t want anyone to have that necklace. There was excitement, but it was followed swiftly by a bout of trauma.
It would certainly be a surprise if Elizabeth Henstridge‘s Simmons died simply because she is usually not out in the field where being in a S.H.I.E.L.D. jacket and near a quinjet would make sense. However, the actress teased that Simmons does do something quite surprising in the field, but unless Coulson orders her to fly the quinjet to space, she should be safe.
Henstridge: We see her accomplish something on her own, which she doesn’t even think twice about. Even though she is braver, we still see in everything that she has to do that’s brave, we see a flicker of doubt. This is the first time that she’s gone full force, didn’t even question an order from Coulson.
We have know for a few months now that this scene was approaching and so have the character for that matter, but no matter what they do or try to do, that future will become the present. Maurissa Tancharoen says that stays true to what the show has been, and that no matter how powerful you are, the future is already set.
Tancharoen: We’ve set up in pretty solid fashion that you cannot change the future. Even people with powers cannot change the future.
The final moments of this season finale have a lot to live up to with the way it has been promoted and for the overall buildup that the season has had to this moment. When it ends and we know who is no longer alive, it will feel like the end of this version of the show according to Bennet. But in order to get the full effect, Henstridge advises to watch live so you can avoid knowing who dies before you watch the events unfold.
Bennet: The finale is the most heartbreaking episode we’ve ever had. This is the end of a chapter — more than a chapter; this might be the end of the first book of S.H.I.E.L.D. This finale feels like the end of something bigger and the beginning of a whole new tone for the show. It’s completely nonstop. It’s shocking and it’s also just really sad. It’s genuinely tender and sad. You really see the high stakes that this team is constantly working at.
Henstridge: Please just see it live. Don’t wait to find out who is going to die and then watch it, because the way it’s crafted is so clever. Please have that experience.
Who do you think will die in tonight’s finale? I recently shared my four top contenders that you can see here, but tell us who and why in the comments below!
The season 3 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs tonight at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.