Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. closed out the first half of season 3 with Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) letting his drive for vengeance get the best of him, as we saw him crushing the life out of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton). However, as with so many things on the Marvel show, we know nothing is ever that easy. The final moments of “Maveth” saw Grant Ward returning to Earth, but not as we knew him. The Inhuman creature that Hydra has been trying to free for centuries appears to have taken up residence, quite literally, under his skin.
At the moment, it’s not really clear whether we’re still going to be referring to this character as “Grant Ward” when the show returns from hiatus, or whether he’ll actually be the embodiment of Hydra. Regardless of the name he’ll go by, Brett Dalton has a few things to say about the midseason twist. “It’s not like Ward is dead. But that version of Ward that we hopefully fell in love with is no longer,” the actor recently said at the TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Tour. We assume that, as shown with Will Daniels (Dillon Casey), the inhuman creature inhabiting Grant Ward’s body will retain all of his memories.
Given the way that Ward died, we’re willing to bet that things are going to continue to be complicated when he inevitably faces Coulson’s team again. Showrunner Maurissa Tancheroen teases, “It will be interesting to see Grant Ward ‘alive’ with that wriggly thing underneath his skin” and that the team will face “many emotional consequences” given what happened on the alien planet.
It’ll be interesting to see how the return of a possibly deadly and unfamiliar foe, wearing an incredibly familiar face, impacts the team. Clark Gregg says that Coulson “acted on impulse and he’s pretty messed up about it.” Ming-Na Wen comments that things are far from normal for the team as a whole. It seems as though FitzSimmons may be the only exception, with Elizabeth Henstridge saying that “Jemma’s feelings [for Fitz] haven’t changed; they’ve only gotten stronger.”
We’re looking forward to seeing how Grant Ward’s very unexpected resurrection plays out when the show returns from their winter hiatus. What are your thoughts and hopes for the second half of season 3? Comment below or come and talk to us on Twitter!
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, March 8 on ABC at 9PM.