Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. producers unpack that shocking final scene

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Sep 30, 2015, 12:41 PM EDT

It took a while to get there, but the third season premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. definitely paid off last season’s cliffhanger. Just. Wow.

Spoilers ahead for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

As the Inhumans war started to heat up at the end of last season, the mysterious Kree monolith attacked and absorbed Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), throwing a wrench into the burgeoning romantic relationship between her and Fitz (Iain de Caestecker). Flash forward six months, and they’re still not sure exactly what happened to Simmons — though Fitz is fairly certain the monolith is responsible.

Well, the post-credit scene of Tuesday’s season premiere finally revealed what happened to Simmons. It was a doozy. The closing moment picks up with Simmons on the run in a mysterious desert. Then the camera pans out to reveal she’s in an alien desert, and it looks to be a long way from our corner of the universe. Quick! Someone call in the Guardians of the Galaxy for a rescue mission!

So what’s up with Simmons? Producer Jed Whedon confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she is far from Earth, and noted the fact that she can survive means she’s on one of “very few planets” that can support human life. After spending months alone up there, Henstridge herself said Simmons will be “profoundly different” this season, “stronger” but “damaged.” She's also on the run from something, and seems to be using mud to cover up the scent of blood from a cut on her forehead. That's not good.

Producer Jeffrey Bell also said we may have to wait a while to see this story resolved. Which is kind of awesome, because we want to see more of that alien world:

“There will be some breadcrumbs, and then at some point we will fully explore what’s happened to her in a way that is maybe the craziest thing we’ve done. We’ve very excited. It’s a different kind of episode for us — to give Elizabeth and Simmons the chance to really show what she went through seems really cool.”

This season of S.H.I.E.L.D. finds the series taking a ton of big risks with the MCU, though this might be one of the most ambitious. It’s important to note: Outside of Guardians of the Galaxy, this is really the first experience our gang has had with the wider universe (aside from Iron Man’s brief jaunt through the portal in The Avengers). This is big stuff, and we can’t wait to see where it goes.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights on ABC.


(Via Entertainment Weekly)