This week's episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dove right into Ward and Agent 33's story after not having seen Ward since the midseason finale. It also saw Skye being quarantined for her own protection and of those who would otherwise be around her and a the tiff between Fitz and Simmons continued.
You can find a full recap of the episode here, but in the video below we discuss the episode, "Love In The Time Of Hydra."
We saw James Olmos' character, Robert Gonzalez, and learned a little more about the "real S.H.I.E.L.D." What's their deal?
Gonzalez is acting as the director this new group. It looks like, with Whitehall out of the way and Hydra having their leaders knocked, will be the new opposition for Coulson, for a while, if not the rest of the season. They say they're pushing for greater transparency in their leadership than we've seen from S.H.I.E.L.D. but whether or not that's true is yet to be known.
Hunter becomes a focal point. Will he follow Coulson or this new group?
This is definitely the most we've seen from Hunter. Right now, he seems to be siding with Coulson. We saw him take off from the ship, theoretically heading to warn Coulson. He's mad a Bobby for sabotaging their relation, but with Bobby on that side and Gonzalez having ties with Hartley, it's possible that they'll talk him into swapping sides. It's also possible that he follows his mercenary type and follows his own path, disregarding both sides.
Skye's casts seem to be evolving. What's next for them and their side effects mentioned this week?
We saw Coulson drop Skye off at this safe-house cabin in the woods and she got new casts. They look a bit more like Quake's gauntlets from the comic books, so it's possible they'll continue to evolve into that until Skye can control her powers. As for the side effect, it is probably a fail-safe type of ability the casts have where if S.H.I.E.L.D. feels that they need to stop Skye and her powers, they can.
Fitz wants to help Skye while Simmons wants her far away. Will they continue to butt heads?
They've been through a lot, but they can't seem to get back on the same page since what Ward did to them. It looks like it will be a point of conflict between them. It's interesting that Fitz sees her as Thor while Simmons sees her as Hulk. It seems like Skye is a symbol of the greater tension between Fitz and Simmons, where Fitz found his courage but Simmons is shellshocked.
We got into Ward and Agent 33 this episode. It seemed like Ward was going to go back to the good guys but now he's just kind of doing his own thing. What are his motivations?
At the beginning of this season, it looked like Ward wanted to walk the path of redemption, at least in Skye's eyes. This was the first time we've seen him since the midseason finale when Skye shot him. You get the sense in that diner scene that he's just doing his own thing disregarding Hydra, S.H.I.E.L.D., and any other group. He may have even given up on his relationship with Skye and is moving on to a co-dependant romantic relationship with Agent 33 where they both need each other. Right now he's in a wild-card space, where is Coulson needed help badly enough, he might be able to convince Ward to help him. Ward definitely doesn't feel allegiance to S.H.I.E.L.D., while he might still feel some slight ties to Skye.
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