The mid-season finale of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” brought about a lot of reveals, action, major character development, a few deaths, and of course a number of Easter Eggs that had sharp-eyed fans excited about what’s in store for their beloved heroes and villains.
In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, the show’s executive producer and co-writer, Jeff Bell, talked about the midseason finaleabout Grant Ward’s demise (and sudden revival as well) and the possible first look on the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Secret Warriors.
Brett Dalton’s character, Grant Ward, had been one of the most dynamic characters in the show thus far. He started out as a great asset to Phil Coulson’s initial team of agents, but he was soon revealed to be a HYDRA double agent. From then on, Ward had come a long way in becoming a villain.
When asked about how they let Dalton know about the fate of his character, the EP/co-writer Bell said that while they told him before that he was HYDRAthat did not mean the end of his job as an actor for the show. In fact, it really was not.
“Well, it’s a little like when we had to go tell him that he was HYDRA,” Bell said. “We didn’t tell him that he was Hydra from the get go. As good an actor as Brett is, he’s not a super spy who could never have a tell. It wasn’t until we got closer to it that we started to let him know. That’s a hard thing. You go, ‘Does that mean I’m dead? Does that mean my character is gone? Does that mean I’m going away? Am I unemployed?’ Really, for actors, this is their livelihood. When you’re Hydra, the first thought is, ‘I’m dead. This sucks. Baby needs a new pair of shoes.’ We said, ‘Look, you’re not dying. You’re not going anywhere, but you are this person.'”
Bell also teased the future of the Secret Warriors in the show, as fans got to see Daisy with her team of Inhumans fight together for the first time ever. The team, for the meantime, only compromises of Daisy, Lincoln, and the neophyte Inhuman they were able to rescue and train.
“I would say it’s certainly a warning shot over the bow,” he said. “They certainly came in and were helpful. It was the first time that they were put together in some kind of meaningful way… I think we, as writers on the show, feel like we have to earn this group. It wasn’t just like everybody who had a power could suddenly get a cool uniform and be part of a team, you have to figure out how to do that.”