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How May Survived her Agents of SHIELD ‘Death Sentence’

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How May Survived her Agents of SHIELD ‘Death Sentence’

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Together or Not At All,” the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Agent Melinda May just stumbled into a handful of True Believers surviving on the Earth’s surface. In “Together or Not At All,” the latest episode, the group saved her from the Vrellnexians and a gravity storm and took her back to their base of operations.

After she lost her battle in Kasius’ arena, May was sent to the “uninhabitable” surface of the Earth, which was more or less a death sentence. Fitz sent Enoch after her to keep her safe, and he managed to track her down just in time to save her from a hungry Vrellnexian. Before they could agree on a course of action, they were hit by a gravity storm.

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Fortunately, the True Believers were on hand to stage a rescue. As the gravity storm bore down on them, a mysterious figure wearing a balaclava and goggles used a grappling hook-like device to anchor them. On the way down, May hit her head, causing her to pass out.

When she came to, May discovered that she was in the Zephyr — or, at least, a much older and battered version of the Zephyr. She promptly turned to Enoch, who had been watching over her, and demanded to know where she was and what had happened. “They grabbed us just in time, anchored us against the gravity storm,” he told her unhelpfully.

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Immediately after he said this, two people with balaclavas and goggles walked in. They were followed by an older woman, who approached and removed her head scarf. “I’ve waited such a long time to see you again,” she said. The camera then panned down to reveal the small wooden robin her father had made her, revealing that she was Robin Hinton, the young Inhuman girl who had predicted the end of the world.

Robin, of course, is the daughter of Season 3 character Charles Hinton. Like her father, she underwent Terregenesis and developed the ability to see the past, present and future. According to Robin’s mother Polly in the flashback episode “Rewind,” the process scattered the young girl’s mind so that she saw the past, present and future simultaneously. As such, she didn’t speak and could only communicate through her drawings.

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Per “Together or Not At All,” it seems Robin has become better acquainted with her powers. She was not only able to recognize May, but greet her. If her powers are any indication, she probably foresaw the gravity storm and sent her men out to save May and Enoch. These powers likely gave her the ability to survive the harsh land outside of the Lighthouse.

More intriguing, however, is Robin’s role in the True Believers. Seeing as she is the one who predicted the Earth’s destruction, she is likely at the center of the True Believers’ doctrine. Since she has been in the Lighthouse since the very beginning, she should be able to provide answers to any questions the time-displaced Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have. She also might have some insight into Lance Hunter’s last days, seeing as he promised to watch over her in Fitz’s absence.

Airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Jeff Ward, Eve Harlow, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Coy Stewart.

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