After all the buildup, the first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came to an end Tuesday night. So what do the producers have to say about that final, massive twist?
Spoilers ahead for the season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Producers Jeffrey Bell and Jeph Loeb hit the interview circuit to talk about the big finale, which saw the explode-y death of deliciously crazy baddie John Garrett (Bill Paxton), rogue agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) captured and Deathlok (J. August Richards) walking off into the sunset to become a hero.
Oh yeah, not to mention the promotion of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) as the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D., tasked with rebuilding the organization from the ashes of the HYDRA infiltration. It happened fast, but Samuel L. Jackson is so fantastic as Nick Fury that it really did work.
So what about next season? The duo told TV Guide a big part of the series going forward will be Coulson’s mission to rebuild S.H.I.E.L.D. with virtually no resources, which will finally give the series the underdog vibe it was desperately missing in the early going:
Bell: “Right now, there is no S.H.I.E.L.D. They're viewed as a terrorist organization around the world, so I think there's a long route to go. We have no funding, we have an authority, we have no buildings. That seems like a pretty great uphill climb to have to do. It's a good goal to have, whether it takes a season or more, it provides a lot of good stories.”
Loeb: “Well, Nick Fury is the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and our show is Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., so with what we knew coming out of Captain America 2, we knew the only way for our show to continue with any tense of authority was to have him and Coulson get together. We just made sure with Marvel that we could make that happen.”
Most fans agree that Richards’ turn as Deathlok was an absolute highlight of the first season, and Bell seemed to indicate his trip off into the (proverbial) sunset is really just the beginning of his story as a hero. We're glad to hear it, because this show needs more Mike Peterson:
“Wrapping up the Deathlok arc for Mike Peterson and having him wander the earth like Cain, Skye looking for where she came from and those breadcrumbs are still out there. We thought we needed a couple of wins, so capturing Ward felt like one. We talked a lot about different ways with Garrett and there was something huge, ridiculous and wonderful about the way he ended that fit with the character. By the way, both Deathlok and Coulson got a victory with Garrett… We love J, we loved Mike Peterson, so I hope we can find really fun and surprising ways to keep that character alive.”
What did you think of the big finale? Were you satisfied? Will you be back next season?
(Via TV Guide)