SPOILER WARNING: This post contains major spoilers for “Man Behind the Shield,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
The LMDs are coming! In “Man Behind the Shield,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Fitz and Simmons discovered that some — or all — of their friends had been replaced by LMDs.
“Man Behind the Shield” found Coulson, Daisy, Mack, Fitz and Simmons tracking the Superior to a Russian base. Once inside, the team split up. Coulson and Daisy fought the Superior, while Fitz tried to glean information off of the base’s ancient computers and Simmons tried to track down Aida after another agent spotted her. Meanwhile, Mack went and recovered Jeffrey Mace, who was brutally attacked by a handful of Watchdogs. However, during this time, each of the team members were separated for a good length of time — and it was just long enough for some (or all) of them to get replaced by LMDs.
Unfortunately, Fitz and Simmons didn’t realize this until they were back on base. There, Simmons received a notification that the LMD detection device at the base’s entrance had been turned off by none other than Phil Coulson. When Fitz and Simmons looked closer, they saw that it had been turned off for a brief amount of time, during which Mack, Daisy, Coulson and Mace passed through the detector. That’s when it hit home for them: there were rogue LMD versions of their friends on base.
To make matters worse, the end of the episode saw Coulson resurrecting the May LMD. As such, it’s clear that — at the very least — Coulson has been replaced. As of the conclusion of “Man Behind the Shield,” though, none of the other characters have been confirmed as LMDs. As such, Fitz and Simmons will have their work cut out for them in “Self Control” — if they make it that long.
And then there’s the question of Fitz and Simmons themselves. After all, the two of them split up along with the rest of their team, so it’s unclear if one of them was also swapped for an LMD. Seeing as the May LMD had no idea what she was for an extended period of time, it’s entirely possible that Fitz or Simmons (or both!) will be revealed as an LMD before next week’s episode ends.
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.
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