Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are back from the future, and they aren’t alone! Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward) is with the team in the present, and he’s literally part of the family. But it’s not all good news for the Agents. Coulson is once again facing his mortality, Yo-Yo’s been mutilated, and Fitz has done the unthinkable. Suffice to say, the team has seen better days!
At WonderCon, a few Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. cast members spoke with Syfy Wire about the current status of the characters, and what may happen in the near future. To start, Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge were asked about Fitz and Simmons’ marriage, as well as the revelation that Deke is their grandson.
“It feels quite nice, because we’ve always been a part of a double bill on the team,” shared Henstridge. “There’s always a bit of safety in that. And to have another person added to our team is just nice. We’re just adding a new member.”
“With it, there’s also the promise of a future world where things work out,” added De Caestecker. He also revealed that the cast had theories about Deke’s true identity before they knew for sure. “Often on set, we’re always trying to work out what’s going to happen. I think we thought he might be our son at first, but everyone was like ‘why wouldn’t he have a Scottish or English accent?’ Then they told us, and we went ‘yeah, that makes sense.’”
“Jeff has been such a great addition to the cast,” noted Henstridge. “We knew he was going to be in a lot anyway, and then finding out Jeff was our grandson was great. He’s got such a great energy.”
Unfortunately, the most recent episode brought out Fitz’s literal darkside, with the manifestation of the Doctor (his darker self from the Framework), who operated on Daisy and restored her powers without her consent.
“Right now, he’s locked away in captivity,” noted De Caestecker. “Until they figure out exactly what’s going on. He has guilt...I think essentially what he did was he saw that there was this problem at hand with this rift that needed to be closed. He saw the implications of what would happen if it was left open. Subconsciously, I think he knew the thing he had to do was morally ambiguous. Re-empowering Quake’s powers, which she didn’t want because of the whole destroying the world thing. And then, subconsciously, he utilized the dark part of him that he’s familiar with from the Framework.”
Henry Simmons and Natalia Cordova-Buckley also shared their thoughts on Mack and Yo-Yo’s situation, in light of Yo-Yo losing her arms.
“Mack has always been protective of Yo-Yo because he loves her,” related Simmons. “He doesn’t want to see her in any danger, and then something happened where he couldn’t save her. Now, I think, begins the struggle of her to regain her life in some way, and him trying to aid her in that. But she just wants to get back some normalcy. I think there’s going to be a struggle there.”
“I think this situation is going to push a side of Yo-Yo we’ve seen before,” noted Cordova-Buckley. “Very radical, strong, and intense, sort of instinctual non-thinking side of her character. There’s going to be a lot of play on her anger, and what she went through, and how there’s a process to go through the sadness and readjustment. We’re going to see a bit of those, but I think her anger will take over at some point. That will become a struggle between her and the team and with Mack. In her fight to find her light, she’s going to be fighting her darkest parts and I think that’s important for the character.”
Even the cast doesn’t know for sure whether the series will be back for a sixth season, although Simmons is fairly optimistic about their chances.
“I think there’s a good possibility we are coming back,” said Simmons. “I’m hearing that. Now, whether that’s a full 22 episodes, I don’t know. I’m curious to see what happens. I don’t know if we’ll be together, because you know, someone always dies. And it might be this brother! We’ll see.”
“This is the season I feel like we have no idea about how it’s going to play out,” added Henstridge. “There’s been so many twists and turns, but I don’t know how this is going to go.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays on ABC.