If you’ve been champing at the bit in anticipation of the inevitable war between Agent Coulson’s team and the newly-discovered Inhumans, then “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell has good news for you.
“I’m really excited for the viewers to see the Inhumans and their powers unleashed,” Bell told CBR News ahead of tonight’s Season Two finale. After Inhumans leader Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) — who happens to be Skye’s (Chloe Bennet) mother — murdered Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) and insisted it was self-defense, the battle lines were clear. As a result of her subterfuge, all of the mounting paranoia and mutual distrust between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D. finally boils over in the show’s 2-hour season finale. When viewers tune in tonight, the two groups will be hell-bent on taking each other down, by any means necessary, with Skye caught in the middle.
In addition to promising to “take the gloves off” with regard to the Inhumans and their powers, Bell talks about paying off the show’s season-long storyline, Skye’s journey from agent to Inhuman to the show’s “very own superhero,” and how Grant Ward’s (Brett Dalton) personal agenda fits into all of that.
CBR News: Since returning from the winter hiatus, Season Two has been racing towards this finale. How will it tie up loose ends while creating new story threads?
Jeffrey Bell: The two-hour finale answers most of the big questions we set up throughout the course of the season. If you look at where our characters began and where they ended, we’ll see the origin of our own first superhero with Skye becoming Daisy Johnson. That played out against the arc of her torn between her surrogate parents of Coulson (Clark Gregg) and May (Ming-Na Wen), coming up against her biological parents.
First, dad is out there and a little bit off. Then there’s mom, whom she thought was dead and is suddenly alive and the leader of this group called the Inhumans. She understands Skye’s gifts and seems to be everything she hoped for in a mother. We had the rise and fall of Hydra in many ways, starting with Whitehall at the beginning. Then there was Hydra coming back again with the tie-in to “Avengers [Age of Ultron].” They are looking to build, or figure out, how to build super-enhanced people. We have Ward’s journey as Hydra agent, to best boyfriend ever, to getting a chance to come back and put the team together for a little bit.
We had the two S.H.I.E.L.D.s, or what we called S.H.I.E.L.D. 2.0, with Gonzales and Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Mack (Henry Simmons) on the team. As we move here into the last two episodes, those two units are finally seemingly coming together. Coulson turned himself in, so we’re promising a resolution to that. We’re introducing Inhumans. We’re promising resolution to that. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) have become two separate people. They are finding their way back towards one another. To a large extent, everyone is coming together for the big finale.
Ward and Agent 33 plotted to capture Bobbi. What do they want with her?
What Ward keeps talking about is closure, which is his polite term for revenge or vengeance. Clearly, she’s done something that antagonizes him. That will be revealed very soon.
Mack quit the team, but obviously it’s all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on deck for this crisis. Where is his headspace concerning Coulson and the Inhumans?
I think he’s come to not trust anything alien or Inhumans from his experience in the middle of the season. But, he’s a guy who is loyal to the people around him. Mack has told Coulson he’d quit, but he likes him as a person. Depending on what the circumstances are going into the finale is how Mack responds.
In a lot of ways, this season has been about Skye’s journey. Can you talk about some of the hard choices she has to make?
This really is a season of her growing up and the hard choices you make at work and between surrogate family and biological family. What are your loyalties? Who do you trust? All those come to a head in this episode. She really gets put through the wringer.
Last episode, Coulson remained behind and let Gonzales take the lead in creating detente with the Inhumans. Obviously, that didn’t work out, so how does he deal with the crisis-at-hand?
As director, Coulson allowed the council to make their decision about Gonzales going in. As news gets back to him about what happened at the end of Episode 20, he’s going to have to figure it out and help save the day — or die a horrible death. You never know. He will probably have to respond in a surprising way.
I’m really excited for the viewers to see the Inhumans and their powers unleashed. We’ve had glimpses of, “Gordon can teleport, and mom can regenerate.” But, we really haven’t seen a lot of what these people can do. The fact we now know mom has a different agenda allows us to take the gloves off. Not that the Inhumans are necessarily evil or bad as a group, ’cause we’re not saying that, but revealing them at a new level is exciting for us.
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