For the next few weeks, we will be taken back to the 1940’s every Tuesday with the return of Agent Carter. The second season comes during the winter break for the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Last time we saw the show, some pretty shocking things went down in the mid-season finale.
Warning: Spoilers for the first half of season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. below.
As you should know if you are reading this, at the end of the last episode, Coulson (Clark Gregg) killed Ward (Brett Dalton) on a mysterious planet. However, Ward is not staying completely dead as the unknown Inhuman from the planet took possession of his body.
The fallout of this event should have a major impact on the story during the final 12 episodes of the season. Some of the cast, as well as showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen, spoke to IGN about what we can expect from the show once it returns.
When asked what we can expect from Coulson when the show returns this March, Gregg indicated that we could be seeing another side to the character, a much darker one as a result of him crossing that line.
Gregg: What I know so far, it looks like the biggest possible effect, because it works on two levels. On the one hand, it means Coulson having crossed a line that I think he takes very seriously, which is, ‘If you’re trying to protect the world from evil and you then become evil, haven’t you become part of the problem?’ That’s a little bit what’s going on for him, even though I don’t think that answer’s cut-and-dry in this case.
Also, he’s created a corpse for [the Inhuman] to jump into, and I think the fallout from that is going to be big, although it should provide this brilliant thespian with some unbelievable stuff to chew the planetary scenery with.
As for showrunners, Whedon and Tancharoen, they’ve teased a possible breakdown for Coulson in the future, one that’ll be brought on as a side effect of his actions.
Whedon: One of the things about a director is he has to keep working. He has to present that nothing’s wrong. Initially we won’t necessarily know how much that has affected him. He definitely crossed a line and he knows this.
Tancharoen: He’s been grappling with his humanity the whole time, and I think that act of crushing Ward’s chest in with his robotic hand [has an impact]. We will definitely see the emotional consequences of that in the back half of this season. I think the first natural thing for any human to do is live in denial for a while and just plug ahead. You may see that across the board.
Inside of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Melinda May is one of the top two people that Coulson trusts. As far as Ming-Na Wen is concerned, May’s reaction could go either way if she finds out what he has done.
Wen: If she ever finds out, I think, if anyone should understand, it’s May. She’s been down that road before, doing something that she would absolutely never have thought to do or want to do but have to do. However, the only difference is that May, in making that decision, she still made it as a SHIELD agent. I think one of the differences is that Coulson was much more emotional and revengeful. I think that’s a big difference.
The actor that this will have the biggest impact on is Brett Dalton. Over the course of two and half seasons, he has been asked to change up his style quite often. Now, he is playing a completely different character, and with that comes a new knowledge of Hydra.
Dalton: Suddenly it’s about bigger things, so Hydra is about something even bigger than what I thought. I didn’t even know the organization existed as long as it did. It’s been around for centuries, trying to get this creature from another planet. There’s a lot of much bigger things at play here. So that means more trouble for this guy over here.
Finally, Gregg went on to tease just who is possessing Ward’s body. There has been some speculation that the character could be Hive, and given his response, it seems possible.
Gregg: Coulson doesn’t know any of this yet, but the lengths to which they went deep in the comic book universe and the origins of Hydra and revealing what it was on Maveth was pretty astonishing to me. The idea that the logo of Hydra wasn’t just a metaphor; it was potentially based on a creature that could decimate an entire planet’s worth of people and that that’s now in the handsome guise of Brett Dalton coming back to mess with me, it’s pretty terrifying. … Hydra’s got a lot of nastiness left in ’em.
Agents of S.H.I.E.l.D. returns to ABC for new episodes every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EST on March 8th.