Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to the Von Strucker family.
During Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hunter (Nick Blood) and May (Ming-Na Wen) infiltrated Hydra, only to come face-to-face with Ward (Brett Dalton). Naturally recognizing Hunter, Ward and his Hydra cronies tried to take him out, but May came to the rescue, leading to a tense stand-off in which Ward ordered Werner Von Strucker (Spencer Treat Clark) to kill May’s ex-husband Andrew (Blair Underwood). With the building he was in suddenly exploding, is Andrew really dead? EW has the scoop from Wen:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is Andrew actually dead?
MING-NA WEN: Oh wow. I can’t answer that. But I can say his life is in danger and May can’t get to him, so she’s feeling very sucky about it.
Will what happened to Andrew bring May back into the S.H.I.E.L.D. fold?
For May, her motivation to protect her family — whether it’s her real family with her dad or her S.H.I.E.L.D. family — it definitely makes her have to come back. She doesn’t really have a choice. Even though she’s working on the outskirts with Hunter, she’s back.
May clearly loves Andrew still. If he does survive, is there a chance for them?
A lot of people, including my kids, thought that May left Andrew. What she tells Hunter is that it was the opposite. No matter what May feels, I don’t think she’s the type that would ever pursue, because she’s just this wounded soldier that if she feels there isn’t a chance for love again, she’s not going to pursue it. If he did make that decision to leave her, the chances might be slim.
May mentioned that Andrew was scared of what he saw when they tried to find lives outside of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can you expand on what kind of person she is outside of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Could she just not let things go?
She hasn’t fully resolved her past. She was hoping that it would be easier to just leave it all behind, but unfortunately the job that she has, they will always find her — whether it’s S.H.I.E.L.D., whether it’s Hydra, whether it’s the government. It’s just one of those things where she’s going to be tied into it forever. To try to make that fantasy of hers come true, it’s always going to be a fantasy, which is kind of sad.
How do you think May has changed from the first two seasons?
She’s definitely become stronger in a different way. Before, she really worked hard at not dealing with any of her emotions. She just completely shut down, hid behind paperwork and that was the safest thing that she was able to do and still be part of S.H.I.E.L.D. Coming back into the fold, I think her humanity is definitely coming back and her natural desire to protect those that she cares about, and her team — that definitely brings a great deal more back to her as a human being. But at the same time, it’s also a dangerous thing because it can cloud her judgment about how to do her job as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
Hunter basically sacrificed Andrew, so how will May feel toward him now?
She never really liked him that much. [Laughs] She got a joy out of seeing him get beaten up a little bit. He’s like that annoying brother. There’s always going to be a level of distrust within her, because Hunter is too emotional. That’s something that I don’t think Agent May admires. She admires his loyalty and his drive to get something done, but it’s so emotionally driven that it bothers her a lot. Of course, what he did in this episode certainly doesn’t win him any brownie points. I think she’s quite pissed at him, because he was willing to sacrifice Andrew, even when she said don’t do it. He’s still like, “Whatever, bitch.” [Laughs] And then he doesn’t get Ward. That’s the worst part! It would be one thing to sacrifice Andrew and accomplish his mission, but the fact that he made the sacrifice and didn’t… Yeah.
He at least shot Ward.
OK, we’ll give him that. [Laughs]
Will May now set her sights on getting vengeance on Ward?
Without a doubt. It’s two fold: On a personal level of getting back at Ward, and on a professional level, which is he’s Hydra. That’s S.H.I.E.L.D.’s ultimate mission, to not have Hydra be born again. There’s definitely a desire to put him down.
Ward actually seemed scared seeing that May was there. Do you think that’s true?
That’s interesting. I think Ward knows what May is capable of. But at the same time, he’s so cocky at this point and full of this delusion of grandeur, and that he has this higher mission. It’s definitely a concern, and yet a major thrill for him. If he can eliminate May, then he feels, above all else, that he can accomplish anything.
Will they get any help from Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) at all?
It would be fantastic. I love Bobbi’s character as far as she’s equally as capable and strong as May, and definitely a lot taller. They could definitely do some damage between the three of them. Bobbi has a tendency to be able to put Hunter in his place, so that’s always good.
With May coming back to S.H.I.E.L.D., what does her relationship with Coulson (Clark Gregg) look like now?
They will always have strong affection for each other as friends, and who knows what else is buried under all that history. Ultimately, no matter what, if she comes back and is under his command again, she will always respect him and look at him as the leader of the group. They’re adult enough that they’ll be able to patch things up. But her seeing him as this flawless person who is able to follow the rules or do the right thing, that is a big question mark for May now, because she’s still uncertain about having the Inhumans. The Inhumans are an unknown variable. The Inhumans have the potential to do good, but they also have as much potential to do bad. They’re very volatile and very unpredictable. For May, that is always more of a danger than an asset. Having Coulson wanting to have the Inhumans be part of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just going to be so much more work and so much more uncertainty. That’s a disagreement they have.
With that said, how does May feel about the ATCU?
That’s a good question. I don’t know if she fully knows about the ATCU yet, because she’s just coming back into the fold. When she does find out about it, which she obviously will, it’s the same thing. She’s not going to trust them too much.
Will we see any May and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) interaction?
I hope so. First of all, I love working with Elizabeth. I just feel like May has really become Mama May, she’s become the mother hen of the group. These are her children. As much as she didn’t show it to Andrew in the phone conversation when she found out she was back, she actually smiled when she made the announcement to Hunter. That’s May’s way of saying she’s really happy. She’s not going to be jumping for joy like Hunter does, but you can just tell that she’s relieved and thrilled that Simmons is back. I hope she can help her in any way to get back to her normal self.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.