Agents of SHIELD Sets Up the Showdown Fans Have Been Waiting For

SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "The Other Thing," the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

After five episodes of separation, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are back together again. In "The Other Thing," the latest episode, agents Daisy "Quake" Johnson, Piper and Davis finally returned to Earth, but nothing could prepare them for what they'd find there.

While Director Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie and his team learned more about the Shrike, Daisy and her team found themselves captured by the chromicons -- or, at least, what's left of them. "Our home world has been destroyed," Altarah told Enoch. "All that remains of the chronicom race are aboard this fleet."

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"In recent years there were whispers of strange phenomenon on distant planets, entire worlds mysteriously destroyed. We never imagined it would happen to ours," she explained. "It began slowly, minor distortions in the fabric of space that released a plague. There was a great debate, but we failed to act, and then it was too late. The effect spread rapidly, consuming our planet."

After Altarah explained how they took possession of the Confederacy's fleet, Jemma Simmons asked why the chromicons abducted them. "I presume Altarah wants to know how you were able to travel through time, so that we can go back and save our world," Enoch guessed. Altarah confirmed this to be the case.

Enoch was able to convince the chromicons that Fitz was the only one who could figure out a way to send them back in time. However, he let slip that threatening Simmons was the key to making Fitz work with them. As such, Simmons chose to remain behind with Fitz to save everyone's lives, sending Daisy home with Piper and Davis.

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While they were in space, Mack and his team faced a threat like never before: a mysterious killer wearing Phil Coulson's face. As glad as Mack and Y0-Yo are to see their friends, they'll have to explain this awful truth to Daisy, who considered Coulson a father figure. Judging by May's reaction, Daisy probably won't take too kindly to this either, which sets up a confrontation that's been brewing since the Season 6 premiere -- whether Daisy realized it or not.

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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