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!
It’s true: Brett Dalton has returned to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
During Tuesday’s episode, the last remaining team members who had not been turned into LMDs — Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) — went into the Matrix-like framework in a bid to rescue the rest of Team S.H.I.E.L.D. When Daisy awoke, she was reunited with her “boyfriend,” with a picture revealing that, in the framework, Daisy is dating Ward (Brett Dalton).
While viewers didn’t actually get to see the late Hydra agent-turned-Hive vessel, EW can confirm that Dalton is, in fact, returning to the ABC series, as teased in the exclusive video below.
An original cast member, Dalton’s character Ward was killed off in season 3, with his body subsequently taken over by big bad villain Hive. Dalton officially exited the series at the end of season 3 when Hive was killed but was very optimistic about someday returning if the story line was right.
For those confused about how Dalton could return after being killed off the show not once but twice, Ward will appear in the framework, which is basically a Matrix-like construct that Aida is using to imprison most of Team S.H.I.E.L.D. without them realizing they’re not actually in the real world. As revealed during Tuesday’s episode, this world, however, has been taken over by Hydra, hence Ward’s return.
Watch the video below, then click here for scoop on Ward’s return from executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return Tuesday, April 4 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.