Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to go on a month-long hiatus, but before it does, it's going to blow the doors off this season's epic dystopian future storyline.
Friday's episode of the long-running ABC action series finds the team with one last chance to go back in time and head home. And it all falls on the shoulders of the show's newest and youngest hero. Titled "Past Life,” the episode promises to bring some sort of conclusion to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s 70+ year jump into a future in which Earth has been ripped apart, and the surviving group of humans is enslaved by the Kree.
Flint, an Inhuman who was introduced in the episode that Clark Gregg directed earlier this season, is the key to the plan the team hatches to return home, because of his "geokinesis" abilities … which means he can control and manipulate the earth around him. If he can assemble another Monolith (like the one that sent them to the future), the team can go home. But before that happens, they have to get past a bloodthirsty Kasius, and hey, who is the Kree leader's "Seer" that we learned about at the end of the last episode?
SYFY WIRE had the chance to talk with Coy Stewart, the actor who's made an instant impact as Flint. We talked about the big developments in this episode that will reverberate throughout the rest of the season. Stewart, who broke into acting as a scene stealer on shows like Are We There Yet? and Nickelodeon's hit series Bella and the Bulldogs, was appropriately ... coy about the happenings in tonight's hour. However, he did open up about the bond he established on- and off-screen with Natalia Cordova-Buckley and Henry Simmons, Yo-Yo and Mack, respectively.
And yeah, we asked him about the identity of the seer.
Check out the interview below to see what he had to say, and then check in after you watch tonight's episode for a spoilery post-mortem with Stewart on the stunning developments.
Coy, why don't you set the table for the episode. You're essentially the key to getting the team back in time. Without you and your powers, they can't get home.
I feel like the last few episodes have been leading to some sort of boil over. I mean, that's what [tonight's] episode is all about. We really see what Flint is capable of with his powers, or at least a little taste. We've seen him use it against people, the Kree, now he's kind of using them in other ways. It's leading to something interesting tonight, I think.
The identity of Kasius' Seer, who we just learned about last week, is on the minds of many fans. What did you think, as an actor on the show, when read the script and found out who it was?
It actually blew my mind, because these writers, man, they're just so good! We get these scripts just a few days before, and we never know what it's going to be like. Getting this script, I was asking so many questions. "What's happening, can you give me just one answer?" Yeah, these writers are killing it. I haven't seen all the shots in the new episode, but I personally can't wait to watch it.
Your character really connected with Yo-Yo and Mack. It's become this awesome family unit, especially with Mack. Talk about establishing that chemistry so quickly.
It really did happen quite naturally. When I came on, I think the script was hinting at it for sure, but when I joined the show, Henry and Natalia and I connected so well, and I talked with those guys in my personal life almost every day, and so naturally that just translated to the screen. Luckily, the script was more material for us to translate that the more episodes we got into it. It's been fun, and the fans are loving it. It's really something I didn't even think about while we were shooting, but watching it, that dynamic is strong, and I love it. We've never really seen anything like that on S.H.I.E.L.D. before, especially with minorities.
Great point. Henry and Natalia have both said that all three of you being minorities has given more relevance to the storyline, especially with regards to last week's episode, "Best Laid Plans.”
Absolutely. It was really incredible to see that. Again, I thank the writers for giving us that opportunity.
One reason people love this show is the core cast has been together a long time, and the characters have been so well developed. How was it stepping into this environment as the new kid on the block? Were you nervous? And who broke the ice first?
It's definitely intimidating, and I was a fan of the show before I signed on. Walking into that room and knowing who everybody was can definitely be a bit intimidating, knowing that they're five years down the line into their roles. But when you meet these guys, and I hope they don't take offense to this, they're a bunch of goofballs. (Laughs)
They love having fun more than anything else. Even though these agents are very serious [onscreen], behind the scenes they're a lot of fun.
The first person to really break the ice was Clark [Gregg]. I met him at my audition, because the first episode I signed on to do, he was directing ["Fun and Games"]. It was actually great for him to break the ice with me, because he's our team leader. Walking into that situation and having him show me the ropes, showing me everything, introducing me to everybody, was really helpful. Then once I started doing most of my work with Henry and Natalia, it was a breeze. They made me feel like family. It was great.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs tonight at 9 p.m. on ABC.