'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 3 episode 8 spoilers: lid lifted on 'Astonishing secrets'

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The third season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will return with episode 8 on Tuesday. Titled “Many Heads, One Tale,” this episode will continue to build up the tension that has been rising all season.

Previously, in episode 7 titled “Chaos Theory,” Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen) was seen trying to make sense of certain events that seemed to involve her ex-husband, Dr. Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood). Agent May confronted Garner with questions, which, according to Marvel’s website, he didn’t “exactly want to answer.”

“I need to know for myself, before anyone else gets involved … You were within 30 miles of at least five Inhuman deaths,” she told him. “What happened to you?”

In the episode, it was revealed that while reading a ledger that had a list of known Inhumans, the S.H.I.E.L.D. psychologist was exposed to the substance Terrigen mist, which unleashed his own Inhuman abilities. From then, he would transform into Lash (Matt Willig) upon encountering what he deemed as an “unworthy Inhuman” and kill them. May, in the end, had the Advanced Threat Containment Unit put Garner in stasis until he can be cured.

However, unknown to S.H.I.E.L.D. director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), the head of the ATCU has sinister plans. It was revealed that Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer), with whom he seems to be getting romantically involved, intended to take him to Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe), one of the heads of the enemy organization Hydra.

In episode 8, S.H.I.E.L.D. begins to question the activities of the ATCU as it seems that the latter is not actually working on a cure for the Inhumans. In the promo clip, Coulson confronts Price and demands she reveal what her team is doing, who they work for, and what they’re hiding.

“Otherwise,” he tells her, “you’re never leaving this room again.”

Hydra is still determined in taking down S.H.I.E.L.D. and traitor Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) intends to do this by taking out Coulson. However, a brief description of episode 8 provided by Zap2It says that Ward’s plans will not play out as he hopes.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” season 3 episode 8 will air on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 9/8c on ABC.