In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s midseason finale, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Phil Coulson delivered to Grant Ward what the psychopathic mastermind had coming for a long time — death.
But killing someone, no matter how evil, has an effect on the doer of the deed. And the remaining episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 will deal with the aftermath of Coulson’s choice.
Clark Gregg, who portrays Phil Coulson, told TV Guide, “One of the things I’ve always liked about Coulson and about our show is that he’s a moral man. He’s a normal man trying to do a job in a world with super villains and superheroes… and suddenly, the body count is piling up, as a result of Grant Ward, someone that he is — to a certain extent — responsible for having on this team. He crosses a very serious line, because he could have left him on this distant world and he chooses a different path.”
He adds, “There are definitely people on his team who thought he should have pulled the plug on Ward a long time ago. I think there are others, like Fitz, who — when they see the reality of killing somebody — really have to ask the question that Coulson is probably going to ask himself: When you do that, aren’t you the very same as those you’re fighting against?”
“I don’t think he’s going to know for some time if this was a terrible mistake that changes him and maybe turns him into a super villain — it becomes, really, a show about a team run by a super villain — or not.”
I guess we’ll see.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC at 9pm EST on Tuesday, March 8.SuperFable