There was no shortage of either action or drama in last night's two-hour "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." season finale. The war between the Inhumans and Agent Coulson's still-regrouping espionage agency kicked into high gear. Skye turned against her mother and people. Ward tortured Bobbi. Mack led the cavalry. Cal found redemption. Coulson's hand got cut off. And, as usual, nothing will ever be the same.
"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Executive Producer Jeffrey Bell spoke with CBR News about some of the biggest events of the season closer, opening up about Ward's reinvigorated hatred for Coulson's team, Bobbi's last stand and how important it was to set things in motion for Season Three.
CBR News: In one of the biggest surprises of a finale filled with huge moments, Ward accidentally killed Agent 33. How will that drive him moving forward?
Jeffery Bell: You get a sense of that at the end. He's not a happy man. When he says the word "closure," it maybe means "scorched Earth." He's gone from a man of, "Hey, look, we're all on the same team. Some bad things happened, but that's all water under the bridge." He's gone from that to, "I now really have a personal vendetta against Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D." Though it is his own doing, he could never look in the mirror and see it's his own doing. When he says he's looking for closure, everybody knows how scary that might be.
The Ward/Bobbi brawl was absolutely brutal. When you were crafting that fight, were you pushing for more? What did it say about these characters?
We've seen how Ward fights in the past, and we wanted to say how tough and badass Bobbi was. She hadn't had a lot of opportunity this season to demonstrate that.
There was something we liked about Bobbi taking a moment in the middle of this and saying, "No matter how much you torture me, it doesn't mean anything. I think you are terrible people and you get everything you deserve. I'd do it again." To me, her emotional toughness and strength is every bit as cool, if not more, than how well she fights.
Since the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." spinoff involving Bobbi and Lance is, at last report, not happening, how does that change your plans for them, if at all?
We always had a sense of where those characters were going, whether they do that as a part of this S.H.I.E.L.D. team or not doesn't really affect it. We loved those characters, which is why there was talk of us giving them a separate show. We have plenty of great story for them as part of the team.
The season ends with May on leave, Bobbi in recovery, Simmons mysteriously disappearing and Mack on alien artifact watch. Are you setting up a changing of the guard? Will everyone be back, or will a new team emerge?
Our team is coming back. As we did after the first season, there were a lot of changes. Not too much in personnel, but in who they were and what roles they played. We introduced Henry [Simmons], Adrianne [Palicki] and Nick [Blood] this season, but everybody else has gone through some big changes. It's much more about how can we continue to make this show evolve episode-to-episode, season-to-season. The fact they managed to survive this year? Congratulations to all of them! Come on back, and let's see how next year goes.