Grant Ward has gone through quite the change from being an undercover Hydra agent working withing S.H.I.E.L.D. during season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This season he went from helping to reboot Hydra, to dying, to now being inhabited by Hive. The closer we get to the end of the season, the closer we should be getting to S.H.I.E.L.D. learning of their oldest enemy in a new incarnation.

Two of the shows stars, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton, each talked to IGN about the future encounter that will take place and a few other details on the show. Hive is lurking in the shadows of Hydra right now, even if Coulson can sense that Malick may not be the true leader of Hydra. Wen teases that we may see them meet again sooner rather than later.

Wen: We definitely have an inkling of what is going on and we just don’t know what the extent of the threat is at the moment. I don’t think you can present a big bad guy like Hive and not have S.H.I.E.L.D. confronting it anytime. I don’t think they’re going to linger on about it. There will be definite confrontations.

Last we saw of Hive, he was destroying human sacrifices in order to regain his strength. We have yet to see the full scope of his powers and what he can do, but even if his appearance has changed, he may still need more sacrifices to live.

Dalton: He is a creature that needs other people in order to survive. In that way he’s kind of, shoot what can I say, what can’t I say. In that way this is a guy who’s survived because people have made human sacrifices, that’s what Hydra is all about. They send everybody there as a sacrifice to this guy so that he will have more resources… The only way he exists is by consuming others so you know this host Grant Ward is being used so this guy can walk around in real life. He needs them for a specific purpose and then they’re over and done with.

As Hive continues to get more powerful, there will be a growing sense of tension between him and Malick. Malick is used to being the leader and would likely not be to happy to start taking orders instead dishing them out. He has however achieved Hydra’s ultimate goal.

Dalton: I think Malick has the same questions that the audience does. I mean Hydra’s existed for a really long time trying to get this creature back on Earth and so, you know, I think what you have is a guy who’s finally accomplished something that has taken years and years and years and there’s this whole question of like, ‘Okay now what? Who is this guy? He doesn’t seem that powerful to me. He’s got a collapsed chest. He looks like he’s still dying. He’s eating more and more. All he does is sit there and watch TV all day, like who is this guy? How is this the most powerful being? Why was he banished from Earth? What’s going on here?’

He won’t be in that room forever.

Hive is just the latest and most powerful Inhuman that S.H.I.E.L.D. will face. May has never been open to the idea of Inhumans, especially with Andrew turning into one as well. As Wen explains, Inhumans are too new to May that she is not always sure what to do.

Wen: I think she definitely has mixed feelings about the Inhumans. It’s troubling for her whenever it’s a situation that does have a sort of set of rules and ethics behind it. Inhumans can go one way or the other and unless they are aware of the true nature of what that person was before they turned into an Inhuman, the problem with gating such power and if you’re not prepared to handle it, it can be diabolical. I think her main concern is that there is going to be more to deal with then just Hydra or now Hive. I think for May it is a major concern.

The topic and thought that still remains is the first scene shown in the mid-season return. The mysterious flash forward is open for interpretation with not even the actors currently knowing what it could mean. However, Wen did tease that we may learn something soon.

Wen: We’re shooting 20 right now and there is something else revealed in 20 that does not tell us much but its like misguiding I hope, I don’t know. We’re very frustrated. Everyday I try and ask a different writer or director or one of the producers, ‘What’s going on? Who is that montage of?’ and we’re not getting any answers. I do know there will be some sort of reveal soon.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs tonight on ABC at 9 p.m. EST.

Sources: IGN 1 & 2.