Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has officially started its last pod for this season and with it came some massive changes. In the computerized Framework, the agents are trapped in a world run by HYDRA and with it a plethora of new problems. In a world that completely changed the direction of the show, many wondered if this could be a move toward popular characters from seasons’ past to make an appearance once more. Comic Book Resources had the opportunity to talk to executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen at Wondercon on what we can expect from this season.

“It’s just a refreshing opportunity to twist everything on its head and see our characters play a version of themselves that they never have. I think across the board for actors and the writers, it’s been fun.”

This new world certainly offered an interesting new look in the first episode titled “What if…” of how the world works under HYDRA’s rule. The episode introduced the Cambridge event that may be explored further into the last pod, and we got a completely new Ward, one who while still staying true to his Double Agent nature has switched sides. With his return from the dead, many wondered if this is a good sign of deceased characters, like Victoria Hand, Antoine Triplett or Jasper Sitwell could potentially return.

“There will be some of them, there will be some of your greatest hits,” Whedon confirmed, “in the Framework anything can happen.”

With the Inhumans also playing a major part in the HYDRA storyline, we are getting a closer look how the world sees this new race of humans, which may be explored in the Inhumans project coming out in September. Digital Spy also had the opportunity to question Whedon on the potential crossover between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the upcoming Inhumans show, as both feature the new race of inhumanity. He did confirm that the show will try to focus more on its own story with the upcoming season, but does not rule out the possibility moving forward.

“Without being able to say anything really about that show, it will have its own world, just as we tried to start our own world. Whether or not there’s a crossover, we will see. Everything is connected, and that’s fun to play with. But the point of our show is to be our show, and we want our fans to be rewarded for watching it without having to watch everything else. But we also want there to be a bigger reward for people who watch all of them, so that they’ll start to see that there’s lines connecting it. It’s more fun for people who are playing the whole game, but if you don’t, you’ll still have a great rollercoaster ride.”

The sentiment makes sense, as everyday viewers may just want to jump into one show without having to catch up on four seasons of another just to understand it. Yet, one could argue that a crossover would make sense to give the MCU a more connective tissue, as outside of the Marvel Studios and Netflix projects, most of this world is mostly connected through small Easter Eggs or references. Some behind-the-scenes pictures have hinted at the overall aesthetic created in S.H.I.E.L.D. will carry over into the new show, so the door is still a possibility of it happening to some degree.

What are your thoughts on this? Who do you want to return, and how would you want to see the agents meet the Royal Family if it were possible?

Sources: Comic Book Resources & Digital Spy