Following its winter hiatus, Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returned last night finish out its third season and deal with the fallout of December’s game-changing episode, “Maveth.” “S.H.I.E.L.D.’s” winter finale may have on the surface seemed like a reset to the show’s initial season three premise; the agents were all once again reunited and unified against Hydra, and Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) remained in charge of a special ops team designed to deal with the growing Inhuman population. But while things may look similar on the surface, major changes occurred that are much deeper.
The winter finale saw the death of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) and his surprise possession by Maveth’s mysterious Inhuman, which used Ward’s body to travel to Earth. Now it looks like the character, now known as Hive, will have a villainous role to play while wearing Grant Ward’s face. “I took it as an opportunity to play a whole different character,” Dalton revealed to CBR. “I look and sound like Grant Ward but I’m not Grant Ward. I’m walking around in his body, so I tried to do different things with his posture, with his voice.”
Chloe Bennet has also seen her character evolve over the course of the show’s run, shifting from the hacker called Skye to the Inhuman leader named Daisy Johnson. With its return, “S.H.I.E.L.D.” will focus in on Johnson’s team, the “Secret Warriors” and how they relate to their parent organization — and with “Captain America: Civil War” coming up, it could be contentious. “That’s been a huge thing for Daisy and a big struggle for her since she became Inhuman,” said Bennet. “S.H.I.E.L.D. was her first family. Coulson was her first father figure that she’s ever had — it’s definitely a big theme for the season as well, where her loyalties lie, and I think she feels strongly for both of them. It’s going to put her in the middle. It’s going to get a little difficult for her to be able to protect the people that S.H.I.E.L.D. is protecting — to protect Inhumans but to protect other people from Inhumans.”
Check out the full interview with Bennet and Dalton below for more details on the back half of Season Three.