Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Price's true allegiances revealed
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!
And here we thought Rosalind Price was becoming the yin to Coulson’s yang…
During Tuesday’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Roz (Constance Zimmer) and Coulson (Clark Gregg) were en route to NORAD to discuss the future of powered people with various other world leaders when Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) came aboard the Zephyr One to divuldge the shocking truth that Andrew (Blair Underwood) is actually Lash.
When May (Ming-Na Wen) tried to confront Andrew, he iced her, took her captive and tried to explain his transformation and why he has to kill the bad Inhumans. But since he sounded pretty insane, May shoots him into an Inhumans containment unit — he survives, but she didn’t know he would!
Though Daisy (Chloe Bennet) was initially apprehensive over ATCU’s methods of containing Inhumans, even she agrees that Price should hold Andrew in stasis to slow his transformation. Little does she, or basically anyone else, know that Price is actually working with Hydra baddie Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) — which viewers uncover after Price and Coulson sleep together. What does this all mean? EW turned to executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The second I start liking Price, you reveal that she’s working with Gideon Malick! Does she even know she’s working with the bad guy?
JED WHEDON: That’s a good question.
MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: I guess you’re going to have to keep watching.
Should we not make any immediate assumptions then?
WHEDON: Well, we know that Coulson is sleeping with the enemy — how much of an enemy she is and how far it’ll go before he starts to suspect something, those are still questions left to be answered. There’s no question that in the constant cat and mouse game they’ve been playing, right now he’s the one in the dark.
How will Coulson feel knowing he opened himself up to someone who is actually working against him?
WHEDON: That’s the danger. He’s a spy.
TANCHAROEN: There was a part of him that was anticipating it to go either way this whole time. That’s what it’s like.
WHEDON: That’s why he’s been reticent. He said to Daisy and to Rosalind that if you’re in this game long enough, you cut yourself off from those opportunities, it makes it easier to do the job. Now that he’s opened up, it’s not looking good for him.
After Daisy saved her, does Price look at Inhumans a little differently now?
WHEDON: I think so.
TANCHAROEN: Or she’ll look at Daisy differently.
If Price, and therefore the ATCU, is working with Malick, what does that mean for the Inhumans they’ve been collecting?
WHEDON: Probably that they have really great plans for them. It probably doesn’t bode well. We don’t exactly know what they have planned, but we’ll get into it soon enough.
TANCHAROEN: An institution possibly working under Hydra who’s amassing a group of Inhumans, it sounds like a formula for disaster.
It sounds like you guys are heading to war.
WHEDON: Who knows?
Gideon said time is of the essence for him to meet with Coulson. Can you expand on that?
WHEDON: You get the feeling that Malick is someone who always has stuff in the works and always has grand plans. Soon enough, we’ll figure out what exactly he has up his sleeve.
How does May being prepared to kill Andrew change her?
WHEDON: She’s done it before. He even brings it up with her saying, “You and I are the same. You didn’t want to kill that little girl, but you had to.” She’s The Cavalry for this reason; she’s willing to do the thing that’s painful even to her for the greater good. In the back of her mind, she was hoping he would survive it. She did give him a real lethal shot. That’s The Cavalry; she’s totally willing to pull the trigger and make the hardest call you could possibly make.
TANCHAROEN: But I think that was the answer to the life she’s chosen, or the life she has to live. She went on vacation trying to figure out if she can live a life outside of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I think her taking those shots at Andrew was her making the choice that she can’t. She’s willing to shoot the man that she loves because she’s protecting the innocent. I don’t know how she’s going to be after that.
Is May sticking around with the team, because she appeared to be on a plane?
WHEDON: She was on our plane.
Just checking! Speaking of people joining the team, what does Lincoln’s dynamic with S.H.I.E.L.D. look like moving forward?
WHEDON: It’s new faces. We didn’t have enough of them. [Laughs] The reason he’s joining us seems to be more personal than buying into the whole concept, so we’ll see how that shakes out in the future. He definitely has a person there that he wants to be around.
Is there anything you can tease for the Daisy and Lincoln relationship?
WHEDON: Things progress.
TANCHAROEN: We’re proving over and again that personal relationships within S.H.I.E.L.D. don’t necessarily work out very well. We’ll see if that is the case for Daisy and Lincoln.
WHEDON: But he’s in now. He’s no longer on the run. We’ve seen that they pine for each other, so hopefully them getting a little more face-to-face time will lead to heartwarming things.
Fitz believes that secret society is behind Will being sent to that planet. Is there anything you can tease of what steps he’s taking next?
TANCHAROEN: More research.
WHEDON: They’re going to do anything they can to find Will, which is ironic because they’re only becoming closer in the process.
Bobbi has asked Hunter to give up his hunt for Ward. Will he actually abide by that?
WHEDON: Everybody wants Ward dead. It’s making sure they don’t turn out to be him, chasing revenge, and doing things for the sole purpose of getting even, or else he’ll lose their moral code. Given a shot, everybody in S.H.I.E.L.D. would take it.
Ward wants to take down Coulson. What’s his next step in doing so?
WHEDON: There’s a lot of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that Coulson cares about. There’s a lot of different ways to go at Coulson, so we’ll have to see how he approaches that.
Ward said if he kills Coulson, S.H.I.E.L.D. dies. Is that something the team might worry about?
WHEDON: Yeah, but then they’ll just send him to T.A.H.I.T.I. and bring him back. [Laughs] Nick Fury said he’s the heart of S.H.I.E.L.D., so I think that Ward is not wrong about that assessment.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.