This article contains major spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. If you aren’t caught up on the most recent episode and don’t want a major twist spoiled for you, then now is definitely the time to stop reading.
As we saw in the exciting conclusion to the LMD story pod on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the team is now inside the Framework, an alternate reality created by Radcliffe with the help of Aida and the Darkhold. We still don’t know exactly what to expect to see inside the reality of the Framework, but if the giant Hydra logo on the not-destroyed Triskelion is anything to go by, it’s a little bit different from the real world. Well, thanks to a potential casting on IMDb, we may have just found out one more difference between the world we know and the world of the Framework. According to his IMDb page, stunt actor Eric Watson will be working on episode 18 of this season as a stunt double for BJ Britt. Britt, you may remember, portrayed Agent Antoine “Trip” Triplett in the first two seasons of the show before being killed when he was exposed to the same terrigen crystal that gave Daisy her powers. However, it now looks like we’ll now see Trip return to the show via the Framework.
The Framework was designed to mirror the real world, with a few small changes. These changes include “correcting” the regrets of people who enter the Framework–which in this case means that Coulson never joined S.H.I.E.L.D., Fitz is a billionaire, Mack’s daughter is still alive, Daisy is dating Ward, May is Hydra, and Simmons is dead. We still have no clue what the major ramifications of these changes could be, but it’s easy to imagine this chain of events leading to Trip still being alive.
Perhaps Hydra’s victory made Trip decide to stay loyal to his former boss, John Garrett (aka The Clairvoyant). Or maybe without Coulson on a quest to discover the secret about Project T.A.H.I.T.I., Trip never entered the Inhuman city where he would lose his life. We might not know why he’s back, but we can all certainly be excited that he is, even if it’s just for one episode. Trip was a fan-favorite character, and his death sparked a fan campaign to see him return to the show.
It’s worth noting that, while IMDb pages are often updated by the performers themselves and tend to be accurate for things like this, this news is still by no means confirmed. Until an official announcement is made, it’s best to take this story with a grain of salt. Still, the possible return of Trip is a reason to get excited for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s return on April 4!