Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Blame Hydra if you get spoiled.
For those having a tough time keeping up: The mysterious alien symbols that plagued Coulson were actually the blueprints to a city. And in this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we found out that if you bring the Obelisk to the city, bad things will happen at a temple.
In the present, Daniel Whitehall (Reed Diamond) finally enlists the Doctor’s (Kyle MacLachlan) help in analyzing the Obelisk, which apparently kills anyone it doesn’t divine worthy of unlocking its true powers. If the Obelisk is brought to the city by one of these “divine” people, it would seemingly unlock the power to end the world.
Meanwhile, through Bakshi’s interrogation, Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) deduces that Whitehall was a disciple of Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), eventually leading to the discovery that Whitehall was locked up in a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison since the days of Agent Carter (Hayley Atwell), until Pierce (Robert Redford) set him free. During that time, Daniel did age, but thanks to a serum made from a woman (Dichen Lachman) who had years prior been able to touch the Obelisk without dying, he was able to reverse his aging process.
It all comes to a head when Coulson and his team get ambushed by Hydra in trying to locate the city and Tripp (B.J. Britt) gets shot. The Doctor offers to help save him, but accidentally reveals who he is in the process, causing for a very tense confrontation with Coulson that once again proves he isn’t a good guy—or is he? The tag scene insinuates that the Doctor was not the one to kill his wife as he picks up her lifeless body and swears to get vengeance on whomever did.
What does this all mean? Executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen very coyly answer some burning questions:
EW: It appears that the Doctor was not the cause of his wife’s death. Will we get more flashbacks to that?
Jed Whedon: The story of Skye’s parents is a story we’ve been building since last season. We intend to explore that arc in depth by the end of season two.
The Doctor is now going to be working with Ward (Brett Dalton), who we know is pretty crazy after having just killed his brother and mother. What’s the dynamic like between these two men?
Maurissa Tanchroen: We have a few uneasy alliances between characters on the show this year. The Doctor and Ward is another relationship we’re introducing. Both of these men are complicated, it’s hard to tell where their true intentions lie. They’ve each displayed some rather unpredictable and unsavory behavior. Seeing them “work together” will be interesting to say the least.
Was Christian (Tim DeKay) lying to save his own skin and Ward actually is a sociopath, or does he finally have some semblance of peace getting his brother to admit the truth?
Tancharoen: After seeing the Ward brothers together, these are the questions we had hoped the audience would be asking. Grant had painted such a horrible portrait of Christian, and we believed him. But when we finally meet Christian in the flesh, not only does he seem like a decent man, he has a very different take on the stories Grant has told. Then Grant makes Christian a victim before our very eyes, forcing him to admit “the truth.” So, who do you choose to believe?
Tripp was shot in the episode, but the Doctor helped save him. Is he out of the woods or should we still be worried?
Whedon: Sure the Doctor saved Tripp… in the most life-threatening way ever. Thankfully, Coulson listened to his explicit instructions on how to repair Tripp’s artery that he severed.
Is there anything you can tease about the mysterious city, which the team will get to in the next episode?
Tancharoen: Pieces of the giant puzzle start to fall into place.
What can you tease of how the city may affect Coulson and/or Skye (Chloe Bennet)?
Whedon: We can’t speak to those characters specifically, but many answers will come to light.
Will we find out Skye’s real name before the season is up?
Tancharoen: You will learn her real name sooner than you think.
Will Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) consider using the memory machine to fix his brain?
Whedon: It’s definitely an option he’s considering.
Give your best cryptic tease for the midseason finale.
Tancharoen: After the midseason finale, things will never be the same again…
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.