SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “The Team,” tonight’s episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D,” which just aired on the west coast.
In “The Team,” Hive (Brett Dalton) finally got his hooks into one of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” When Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) enlisted the help of the Secret Warriors to break her team and Director Coulson (Clark Gregg) out of Hydra’s clutches, she ran into the Inhuman monstrosity, who used her surprise as an opportunity to strike. Infected and under Hive’s sway, Daisy returned to base and wreaked havoc on her friends, but not before killing Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) and using Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) as a scapegoat.
Speaking to CBR News, Bennet — who has starred on the show from the very beginning — discussed her experience as one of Hive’s cronies, revealing the challenge it presented and comparing Hive’s sway to addiction. She also teased Hive’s ties to Daisy as well as how this betrayal will impact her relationship with Lincoln, while hinting at the effect “Captain America: Civil War” will have on the show.
CBR News: How did it feel to break bad?
Chloe Bennet: It was horrible! I had a really, really hard time with it. I am this character… I’ve played her for 10 months of the year for the past three years. You really start to sense your character and who you are; you get really close to this person you’re playing, and — when they do something that’s bad — it’s really hard to kind of rationalize that, especially when it’s something like being under sway, which is basically being forced to be under some sort of drug. So that was really hard and difficult for me to do. Eventually, it started to be fun, but it was more confusing at the beginning of it. It’s a big twist! The worst part was, it was hard to blame it on Lincoln.
This episode’s big twist is comparable to Ward’s secret Hydra allegiance in season one. What was your reaction when you found out Daisy was the one that had been infected?
I was really like, “What?! When am I coming back? Am I coming back? Am I bad now forever?” I really wanted to get the facts on what the writers believed being under sway was, and then I started to do research on what people who do heroin feel like, and the addiction level. That’s obviously a relevant topic, because everyone deals with some sort of addiction in some way or another — obviously, some are more extreme — but it’s a different tone to play. It’s a different level to act as a character. She is addicted to this. There’s levels of dopamine going through her brain and making her feel really good and, at the same time, she’s still Daisy, so it was really, really, really challenging to play. It was really tough.
Now, we know at this point that Hive retains the memories of its hosts. Is it possible he has some romantic inclinations for Daisy in the same way he held a grudge against Gideon Malick?
I think so, yeah! I think that’s why there’s a part of him that’s so fond of her. Obviously, she’s a very powerful Inhuman, and that’s the most important thing to him, but I think there are levels. He retains memories of his past hosts, but he still is so incredibly powerful I don’t think he’s going to let his past hosts’ feelings for people get in the way of what he really wants to do.
Speaking of Gideon Malick, Daisy killed him in a rather gnarly way. Was that all Hive, or may there have been a little Daisy in there, too?
I don’t think it was, necessarily. Obviously, it’s not something Daisy would have done if she wasn’t under sway. But, I mean, now we know it’s something she can do! When people’s morals are taken out of their conscience, it’s interesting to see what kind of person she is and how powerful she really is. It’s kind of brutal, but I don’t think it’s necessarily something she felt bad for, because Malick’s not the greatest guy. But it was hard to do the powers! It was like, “I am so sorry!”
Can you tease how this turn of events will impact her relationship with Lincoln?
It is never going to be the same. Let’s just say that.
“Captain America: The Winter Solider” made some profound changes to the show, but “Avengers: Age of Ultron” didn’t make quite as many waves. Will “Civil War” make a big impact on the team?
That’s interesting, because we’ve been dealing with issues. We’ve been basically having an internal civil war on our show for a while. It’s been boiling over. I mean, that’s the tension Lincoln and Daisy have been having; those themes the movie really obviously touches base on in a really hardcore way, those are things we’ve been dealing with for a while now. Daisy is an Inhuman and she does have powers and she’s also in S.H.I.E.L.D., and I think that’s exactly what they’re dealing with in the movie, so we’ve been kind of dealing with it for a while now. It will impact the show, but I think the show’s already been touching base with all those interesting and very relevant themes of, “Can the government tell a group of people — that they’re not a part of — what they can or cannot do?” and where the line is drawn and what that means. It’s a really tough argument, and I’m not sure there’s actually a right or wrong answer. I think there’s definitely arguments that make sense for both sides.
Starring Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays on ABC.
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