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Agents of SHIELD's Deke Previews His Season 6 Return, New Girlfriend

Deke Shaw's past is now his future. In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5, Deke -- the grandson of Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons -- traveled back in time from 2091 to the year 2018. Because he comes from a timeline that Phil Coulson and his team successfully averted, Deke should not exist -- but that hasn't stopped him from living his life to the fullest. In "Code Yellow," the latest episode of Season 6, the series will catch up with him and reveal what he has been up to for the past year. Despite his brave new world, it looks like Deke hasn't changed too much.

Speaking to CBR, Deke actor Jeff Ward dropped some major hints about his character's whereabouts when we find him in Season 6. He revealed how Deke will apply the skills he learned in the future to his present in the past and teased his favorite scene from the episode. He also offered some insight into what it was like to act opposite showrunner Maurissa Tanchereon as well as what makes her character Sequoia "so funny and so good."

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CBR: Welcome back! So tell me: where in the world is Deke Shaw?

Ward: I think he is going to try and figure out what this new world is all about, away from the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. They've been his only experience of modern society, which is to say I think a very colorful view of modern society but also probably a fairly limited one considering the rest of the world out there... Deke is somebody that is really good at manipulating the world into doing favors and services for him, so I think he wants to go figure out if he can make this world work for him.

I think he pretty quickly figures out that, in modern society, the universal language is money. So he's kind of like, "Oh! Well, I can probably make a lot of money pretty easily." And I think he does! He does, and what he's able to do with that money and how that has affected him and his personality and his place in the world, he's got to figure all that out. He's got to create a whole new identity for himself and see who he is now. So I think he's been doing that for the last year.

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Tell me about acting against Maurissa Tanchereon this week.

Oh, it was fantastic! Mo is so great and so funny and so fun and obviously such a talented writer and everybody knew she was a great actress, so everybody wanted to know what it was going to be that she was going to put herself in in the show. I was so excited when it was as my girlfriend and when it was Sequoia, because she's a hilarious character that I think they wrote extremely well and Maurissa performed so funny and so good. It was amazing, because she did such a great job at letting everybody do their job and also being there and showing up ready to play and ready to have fun. She brought it, and it was just a really fun person to play off of. I was very honored that it was me that got to be in her episode, because we had a blast together.

Here's another spoiler: she slaps the ever-loving heck out of me for real a couple times! [laughs] And my jaw hurt for a couple days, but it was worth it. Chloe [Bennet] is next to me saying that that's probably why she wrote that, so she could slap me as hard as she could in the face, which I just really appreciate. Thank you for that insight, Chloe.

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Without spoiling anything, what can you tell us about her character?

Sequoia is pretty interested in her social presence. She's pretty interested in boba [tea]. She's kind of a fun, playful indictment on a lot of that influencer culture. I shouldn't say indictment -- a playful poking fun of influencer culture, which has become such a huge part of our society, and I think that she played that very, very well and in a very knowing, purposefully tongue-in-cheek way that is effective because of that.

I'm so excited for people to see it, because it's very fun and funny and a lot of references to Burning Man and Coachella and Instagram. So there's some references that I didn't even know, that our writers had to explain to me! Specifically the Burning Man references that are very specific, that if you know what we're talking about, I think you'll be very satisfied by.

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Can you tease your favorite moment from the episode?

It would have to be the whole opening. I like the opening so much. I loved it so much because I grew up on Lethal Weapon and Die Hard and Blade and all of these amazing movies that really have a big place in my psyche and my memory. So to get to kind of do an exaggerated version of it before transitioning into this kind of Ferris Bueller-type vibe. Those two halves of that opening, each on their own, and then obviously together, was some of my favorite stuff I've ever gotten to film. When I read that opening, I was just in heaven. I was so excited to film it, and it did not disappoint, so I hope everyone enjoys watching it because I loved it.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. The series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg.

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