Warning: This post contains spoilers for the season three finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
There were a variety of changes for the team at the end of season three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The obvious changes were the loss of two cast members, with the death of Hive (Brett Dalton) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), both of which came after the show had already said goodbye to Agent Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Agent Hunter (Nick Blood). And while it always sucks to see cast members leave the series, Lincoln’s willingness to sacrifice himself to save humanity and the girl that he loves, proved to be quite the emotional punch. It also allowed the show the chance to kick-start another time-jump as the series skipped ahead six months in the final minutes of the finale, to a time when Daisy (Chloe Bennet) is on the run, with Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) trying to find her.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this jump forward is that Coulson appears to no longer be the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., as he was communicating with somebody else that he referred to as “Director.” With Daisy on the run and Phil demoted from his position as Director, there are many mysteries for the future of the team. Entertainment Weekly caught up with Gregg to see if they could get any answers about the future of Agent Coulson, and although he couldn’t divulge too much, Gregg did promise season four will be changing the game for everyone – including Coulson.
Will we learn about S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new director right away with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns? Is it someone we already know? — Abbey
Like I mentioned before, I’ll have more info on that soon — promise! In the meantime, Clark Gregg offered up some scoop on how Coulson is dealing in the wake of that big change: “He’s not the director anymore, his destiny is not so much in his own hand as it used to be,” Gregg says. “The person he cares about is on the run and seems to be very sought after by the authorities. It’s very much changing the game for Coulson. Certainly from that teaser of where we’ll be next season, he does not seem to be in good shape.”
While Coulson didn’t seem like he was in great shape, there was something about the jump forward that felt a lot like when we first met the team at S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013. In the beginning, Daisy, as Skye, was on her own, and Coulson, not the director at the time, approached her to become a part of the team. Coulson wasn’t in a great place then, either, having recently returned from the dead.
What do you think is in store for Phil Coulson in season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Let us know in the comments. In the meantime, be sure to follow along here, and we’ll bring you any news on what lies ahead for the surviving characters on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it returns in the fall of 2016 on ABC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly