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 Secret Warriors are finally going to assemble!
During Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the team set out to uncover what the mysterious Hive (Brett Dalton) is planning, capturing Giyera (Mark Dacascos) along the way. While Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) track down a Kree artifact that could help in stopping Hive, Giyera makes his escape from containment, bringing down the plane and effectively taking the entire team hostage in the process. What else can Daisy do but call on… the Secret Warriors! EW caught up with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen to get the scoop on what’s next:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Daisy is going to assemble the Secret Warriors. What can you tease of finally bringing the team together?
JED WHEDON: There should be some excitement. I can’t say much, but we have two other people out in the world now with their little watches waiting for a call, so it should be fun seeing them get it.
Should we be worried about Hive bringing them over to his side?
WHEDON: He does like Inhumans. Both teams like Inhumans on their side, so I think that he would jump at any opportunity he has to increase his ranks. There is definitely going to be a showdown right off the bat.
We know of two other Secret Warriors right now. By season’s end, will we see more on the team?
WHEDON: It’s definitely a possibility.
The quinjet explosion seemed to include Yo-Yo’s (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) necklace. Should we be worried that Daisy is basically heading straight into this prophecy?
WHEDON: You should be a little worried. We know a couple things: She’s seen the vision, we know that she couldn’t change the other vision that she saw, and we know that the only real way to get from part A to part B most of the time is a quinjet, so it doesn’t look great.
Is the prophecy meant to come true in the finale?
MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: You should just watch and see. We’ve made it pretty clear that once you see a vision, you can’t change it.
WHEDON: So watch it live. Watch the live broadcast!
Why hasn’t Daisy told Coulson and the rest of the team basically one of them is going to die?
TANCHAROEN: That’s a burden she wants to keep to herself for now. With all the events that happened in episode 315, I think she feels a great responsibility to keep that secret for now just so that she doesn’t rattle the rest of the team. If anything, she’s going to try her damnedest to change it.
We’ve already lost two members of S.H.I.E.L.D. this year. Should we expect another with this prophecy?
TANCHAROEN: No comment.
Let’s talk about Coulson’s mindset in this episode. Do his intense reactions spring from regret that he’s gone too far after killing Ward?
WHEDON: What we saw when we came back after the midseason Error: Break shortcode syntax invalid was that he was back to business as usual. He’s saying things like, “We do what we have to,” and I think this is the reveal that this has been weighing on him heavier than we thought. What happened in [episode] 310 has been haunting him. He’s tried to get back to work and tried to hope that no bad comes from his bad action, but here he is. As he says, he didn’t think it would actually come back to haunt him. This is an admission that this has been in the background in the back of his head bothering him. He shares that with Fitz (Iain de Caestecker), who witnessed him at his lowest.
What can you tease of the Kree orb that Lincoln and Daisy obtained?
WHEDON: There’s nothing that we can tease other than that —
TANCHAROEN: It’s significant.
WHEDON: It’s important, yeah.
Lincoln promises he’ll never hurt Daisy. Can we really trust him?
TANCHAROEN: That is the question.
WHEDON: We certainly hope so.
TANCHAROEN: We’ve brought his impulse control to light, we’ve brought his anger issues to light, as well as his past. With all those things we now know about him, we have to see how they all play out in the coming episodes.
Wasn’t it a little weird for Malick’s daughter (Bethany Joy Lenz) to be attracted to Hive? That’s basically all of her ancestors all rolled into one.
TANCHAROEN: Right, but she doesn’t really know that.
WHEDON: Fortunately, he looks like Brett Dalton, which is a lot easier.
TANCHAROEN: That just goes to show his power.
WHEDON: Is it creepy that she’s basically kissing her uncle? Yes. But she’s caught up. This is the most powerful thing that she’s been taught to worship her whole life that’s paying attention to her. If she took a step back, maybe she would think a little harder about it. But in the moment, she’s just enthralled.
TANCHAROEN: Yeah, in the moment she’s meeting God; the God she was raised to worship.
How will Malick deal in the wake of his daughter’s death?
TANCHAROEN: He’s going to be a very, very sad, broken man.
WHEDON: He’s made his bed and now he has to sleep in it. In the end, as Hive says, “Together to the end.” Hive really does feel all is forgiven, and Malick is stuck with that.
Is Malick basically forced to stay in line now, or will what happened to Stephanie make him reconsider his allegiances?
WHEDON: It just—
TANCHAROEN: You have to wait and see.
WHEDON: That’s a really good question.
TANCHAROEN: Malick has dedicated his entire life to bringing this being back to this planet. This has been his quest; his entire fortune and everything he’s done with his life is to have Hive in his presence, and now it’s not what he anticipated the experience to be. Now Hive has murdered his daughter, the one thing he loves with all his heart.
WHEDON: It mirrors Coulson. It’s a little bit of the past coming back to haunt him. He doesn’t feel that he did the right thing, so maybe he feels he deserved what he got, but he definitely doesn’t think his daughter deserved it.
Inhumans seem to believe Hive can bring the dead back to life. Is that the last we’ve seen of Malick’s daughter then?
WHEDON: He brings back the dead by inhabiting their bodies. But this is Marvel, everybody comes back from the dead.
Anything you can say of what Hive’s plans are?
WHEDON: Only that you will know soon enough. It’s a continuation of what he’s been doing this whole time. Hive obviously has a different agenda than Hydra as a whole, and that came to light in episode 316. Now we’ll see how Malick reacts to it ongoing.
What can you tease of the team coming face-to-face with Hive for the first time?
WHEDON: The Secret Warriors are assembling, so something is going to happen.
Is there a chance they could use Lash (Blair Underwood) to help take down Hive?
WHEDON: There’s a chance.
TANCHAROEN: No comment.
WHEDON: No comment!
Much like Coulson had a delayed emotional reaction after what he did to Ward, do you think May (Ming-Na Wen) is going through the same thing after losing Andrew?
TANCHAROEN: No. May is mourning her loss for sure immediately, but with May you just don’t ever see it. She’s more accustomed to burying those types of feelings instantly. That’s how she copes.
We saw that the Inhuman vaccination didn’t work with Andrew, but will that come up again before the end of the season?
WHEDON: It’s safe to say that that story is not done.
Any one tease about what’s in store for the season finale?
WHEDON: Exhilaration, sadness, humor.
TANCHAROEN: A cliffhanger.
WHEDON: We will say that the next episode, you get to see some serious badassery.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.