Agents of SHIELD Brings [SPOILER] Out of the Framework - With a Twist

"Fitz, it wasn't an anomaly. It was you, programming the robots, keeping everyone else occupied," Simmons said slowly, to which Fitz finished, "To isolate Daisy. All part of his plan. Of my plan."

When Simmons suggested letting Daisy go, Fitz resisted. "No. There's no turning back. He planned for that too." At that, Deke was shoved into the room by the android, who pointed a gun at Simmons. "He programmed it to make sure I would go through with it. He didn't want to hurt you, just like he didn't want to hurt Mack. I wouldn't have done any of this if I didn't believe it was going to work... The science is sound. There are always risks involved. You know that, Jemma."

"You're right, but potentially paralyzing Daisy or destroying the world are two massive risks, Fitz," Simmons pointed out.

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"Let's hope that that doesn't happen," Fitz responded. He finished removing the inhibitor from Daisy's head as she begged him to stop. When he finished, she told him she would never forgive him. "I suspect you won't be the only one," he said, defeated. He then guided Daisy through fixing the rift and surrendered himself.

Later, as Fitz lounged in a makeshift prison cell, Simmons tried to comfort him and explain the episode away, but Fitz wasn't having it. "It is me," he protested. "It's not an apparition. It's not some evil doppelganger. It was me... I don't deserve forgiveness, Jemma. Mack is injured. Daisy's traumatized. You know what the worst part about all of this is? I still believe that it was the right thing to do."

"Then you're right. It's such a confusing, gray area, but -- if we are going to change the timeline -- we have to do things differently. Make harder choices," Simmons said.

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"What does that make us?" Fitz asked, to which Simmons responded, "I don't know."

"I really don't know where we go from here," he whispered, then turned away.

As Fitz pointed out earlier in the episode, he left himself plenty of clues about Leopold's true nature. After all, the Framework's Leopold was a stone-cold killer who cared about no one but Madame Hydra and himself. However, in the episode, Leopold's intent was only ever to harm, not kill anyone who got in his way. The Framework's version of Leopold would never have hesitated to kill "extraneous" characters like Deke and Mack, who posed a very real threat to his goal. What's more, he had a noble endgame -- to save the world -- even if his methods were suspect.

That being the case, there may yet be hope for Fitz to reconcile both halves of himself into one, healthy whole. Indeed, there's even evidence that everything will work out between him and Simmons in the future, as Deke was recently revealed to be their grandson. This suggests that FitzSimmons' relationship will make it through the end of the world intact.

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 and Elizabeth Henstridge.

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