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!
Hydra was finally felled, Hive plans to rid the world of humans, and Daisy basically Vader-choked Fitz — that, in short, sums up Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but that’s not the moment fans will be dissecting.
After Daisy (Chloe Bennet) destroyed much of the S.H.I.E.L.D. base, the team aims to set her free from Hive’s (Brett Dalton) control by hunting down a geneticist who specializes in parasites. Hive and Daisy beat them to the punch, enlisting the doctor to recreate the same Kree experiment that birthed Hive. Basically it’s so Hive can amass an Inhuman army to then take back the planet and make it the home Inhumans always deserved. But that’s not the moment.
Elsewhere, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and May (Ming-Na Wen) track down a few Inhumans Hive is likely to target, but come up empty on both fronts; Hive has already recruited them and stored away the only weapon that can apparently kill him. He even leaves a parting gift (read: bomb) for Team S.H.I.E.L.D., but Coulson is able to protect them from the blast with a — wait for it — shield that comes out of his bionic arm! (The Captain America fanboy’s dreams basically came true.)
But as cool as the S.H.I.E.L.D. director having an actual shield is, that’s still not the moment. Nor is the fact that Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) can only go into the field if he’s wearing what amounts to a suicide vest so Hive can’t control him. Or that Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) finally got to shoot Ward — sort of, it was Hive, but still. Or even the aforementioned Vader-style death grip that Daisy had on Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) when she told him she didn’t need saving, and if she saw him again, she’d snap his neck. Or… seriously, or the fact that Hydra was eliminated once and for all, and S.H.I.E.L.D. had nothing to do with it. Thanks, ATCU!
No, all of that pales in comparison. Put all that aside, because the real burning question is what the morning after will look like for Fitz and Simmons, who finally had sex during Tuesday’s episode! It’s been 10 years in the making for them, but S.H.I.E.L.D.’s dynamic duo finally took the next step.
“We imagine they spend the morning after laughing a lot about what just happened,” executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen tell EW via email. “We want their relationship to feel like their friendship did, because all the best relationships are just that. So moving forward, while this change in their friendship would hopefully only deepen their connection, it is bound also to make things a bit more complicated.”
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.