SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “No Regrets,” the most recent episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
In the Framework, anything is possible. “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” fans were in for a shock when Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward returned in “Self Control,” and now the show has done it again by bringing Antoine “Trip” Triplett back to life in “No Regrets.”
Trip was a fan-favorite character from the first two seasons of the series. The grandson of a Howling Commando, Trip preserved his grandfather’s legacy as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He stood with Coulson’s team during the events of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” in Season 1 and fully joined the team in Season 2. However, his time on the team was short-lived. In the Season 2 mid-season finale, he and Daisy stumbled upon a Terrigenesis chamber, only for the Terrigen crystal at its core to explode. The shrapnel from the explosion gave him a fatal injury, and Daisy discovered his lifeless body when she emerged from her Terrigenesis cocoon. For a long time afterward, Daisy felt responsible for her death and associated her newfound powers with it, though she eventually learned to cope with the trauma.
Though deceased since Season 2, Trip was able to return in Season 4 thanks to the Framework, a virtual world not unlike “The Matrix.” Since S.H.I.E.L.D. never survived and Daisy never underwent Terrigenesis, Trip lived long after his real-world death. In the Framework, Trip works with Jeffrey “The Patriot” Mace and his resistance against Hydra.
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Mace and Coulson met up with Trip during a rescue mission. As a member of the resistance, Trip was a S.H.I.E.L.D. mole within Hydra, but was discovered with an illegal piece of technology. As punishment, Hydra sent him to be “reeducated.” Mace and Coulson rescued him from this re-enlightenment center, only to discover that he had uncovered Hydra’s big plan to kill all of the Inhumans. He stored the information on his grandfather’s camera and had fortunately stored the film in his boot, preventing Hydra from discovering it.
Though Mace tragically died during the rescue mission, Trip survived and presumably returned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base with Coulson, Simmons and Ward. It is unclear how much longer he’ll remain on the show, but it seems likely that he’ll stick around for at least another few episodes.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.