Dove Cameron on her Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stunner and its Black Panther link

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Mar 3, 2018, 1:41 PM EST

How are we all doing after that mindblowing episode of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.? There is so much to unpack, it's hard to focus on one thing after the winter premiere saw ABC's venerable series return with an hour of television that introduced a dangerous new adversary, provided not one but two major surprise returns, left one member of the team mortally wounded, and hinted at something even bigger down the road. 

Spoilers ahead for “All the Comforts of Home,” the latest episode of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which aired Friday, Mar. 2, 2018. Don't read any further if you haven't seen the episode. No, we're serious, stop reading if you haven't watched it. Got it? OK ...

You can read our full recap right here, but we're going to zero in on the mysterious character Ruby, played by Dove Cameron. When we meet her, we think she's just your everyday angsty teenager who doesn't like her mother barging into her room. The fact that her mother is General Hale, the military leader who's running point on the hunt for Coulson and his team of fugitive agents, makes it even more interesting. As the episode unfolds, we learn there is much more to Ruby than we first imagined. She turns out to be a masked assassin who leads the strike team that almost captures the S.H.I.E.L.D. squad, and who, in the episode's most shocking moment, cuts both of Yo-Yo's arms off!

Dove Cameron Agents of Shield

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SYFY WIRE talked with Cameron about her memorable debut and asked her about Ruby's agenda, her bedroom/prison cell and those mysterious blades she used to hurt our beloved Yo-Yo, which may have a connection to the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther. Read on...

What was going through your mind when you read your first script and you saw that Ruby would be cutting off Yo-Yo's arms?

Honestly, in the Marvel Universe anything is possible, there's aliens and alien technology, so I knew [Ruby] wasn't going to be harmless. I know this sounds awful but I didn't feel too bad. I also know that in the comics, Yo-Yo gets her arms cut off, and because of what happened earlier in the season,  I knew, as a plot point, they had to somehow do it. I just saw it as I was helping with the fulfillment of the story. So I didn't really have too much built around it. And Natalia's arms are just fine (laughs)!

It's a cool thing, actually to be entrusted with such a memorable plot line. It was really fun.

Tell us about Ruby's weapons. 

That thing that she throws is called a chockram, and it is a serious blade. It's supposed to be made out of the same material as Captain America's shield. That can slice through anything, it can cut through bone, anything and everything ...

So they're made out of Vibranium?

It could be. They never specifically say anything about that. But yes, it can basically slice through anything like butter. Ruby is so practiced with them that, you see, after she uses them on Yo-Yo, that she catches the chockram between her fingertips and not cut her hands off. I think that you can see that Ruby is a terrifying weapon.

As if that moment wasn't a big enough twist, then we find out 'home sweet home' for you is a glorified cell on the military base run by your mom, General Hale. What is that all about and how much of that complicated relationship will be explored in the coming episodes?

Ruby is not just a 17 year-old girl who's obsessed with Daisy Johnson. She is someone you don't want to mess with, and General Hale is obviously using her and trained her, and so, what would you do if you had a psychotic human weapon walking around your house at night? I think that Hale and Ruby love each other, but Hale knows what her daughter can do. And also, you can see that Hale is not shy about being rough with her daughter. I think she has a certain amount of fear about her. I think she's a little afraid of Ruby, because she knows what she's capable of, and that's why she keeps her locked up.