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Which of the Secret Warriors Will Betray S.H.I.E.L.D.?

The Secret Warriors assemble on 'Agents of SHIELD'

The good thing about this week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Tuesday, April 19th) is that the Secret Warriors officially come together for the first time. Finally.

The bad news is that all of them may not be on the same side.

The promo for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 17, titled “The Team,” indicates that Coulson will begin to suspect that a member of the Secret Warriors is secretly working for Hydra.

So, who will it be?

I think we can scratch Daisy “Quake” Johnson (Chloe Bennet) off the list of subjects. Nothing in her story arc would indicate leanings toward Hydra especially with all she’s been through at Ward’s hands. UNLESS Gideon Malick’s idea of an out and proud Inhuman army holds some sort of appeal for her — especially with the slow, difficult formation of her own Secret Warriors team, I don’t think Daisy will turn her back on her friends at the Playground.

But what if it’s Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell)? Of all the members of S.H.I.E.L.D., he seems to have the most adversarial relationship with Phil Coulson. He also has been known to express reservations about the direction of the spy team. (Daisy’s partner, Mack, could be described the same way; but he’s not Inhuman.) Be that as it may, I really don’t feel like Lincoln is the turncoat either.

Secret Warriors, Yo-Yo and Joey
Secret Warriors, Yo-Yo and Joey

That leaves only two remaining Secret Warriors to consider — Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) and Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba) — and they both have something going against them: we don’t know what the heck they’ve been up to in their spare time. We know a little bit more about Joey (he’s been in S.H.I.E.L.D. containment and then helped out on a mission in England), but next to nothing about Elena.

So, will Yo-Yo be the traitor? I strongly doubt it. In fact, she’s less likely to be the Hydra mole than Daisy Johnson is. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has a habit of letting us spend a lot of time thinking the traitors are the good guys before they show their hand. That’s how the betrayal packs an emotional and psychological punch.

That leaves metal-melter Joey Gutierrez. I think he’ll turn out to be the one secretly recruited by Hydra. Three reasons why:

Joey is trying to play the role of good soldier. Trying. A sneak peek for “The Team” shows Joey telling Elena that he invited someone to see him and then dropped the get-together as soon as he got the call that the Secret Warriors were assembling. What if he was so hasty to get to the team, not because he is eager to fight for S.H.I.E.L.D., but because Hydra wants him to spy on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s operations with Inhumans?

Joey knows things he shouldn’t know. For example, in the sneak peek above, he guesses that there are six men waiting in the hall outside the elevator. What if it’s not just a guess?

Lash wanted to kill Joey. Yes, the Inhuman monster aka Dr. Andrew Garner had a flash vision of ripping Joey’s heart out when he was evaluating him (3.07, “Chaos Theory”). Remember, Lash only kills Inhumans that are “unworthy” (in his mind). What if he knew Joey would be a “bad” Inhuman?

Obviously, all of this is just speculation (well-thought-out speculation), but I think Joey Gutierrez will be the one who betrays S.H.I.E.L.D. and the other Secret Warriors.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9pm EST on ABC.

Phil Coulson will have another traitor to contend with on 'Agents of SHIELD'
Phil Coulson will have another traitor to contend with on ‘Agents of SHIELD’