Main character kicked off Coulson's team in 1st clip from S.H.I.E.L.D.'s return

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Dec 31, 2013, 12:15 PM EST

The first clip from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s return has arrived, and it looks like a fan-favorite team member is getting the boot.

Dubbed “The Magical Place,” the upcoming Jan. 7 episode of Joss Whedon’s new pet project will focus on the search for Agent Coulson and the truth behind his mysterious resurrection following his apparent death in The Avengers. It's a thread that's been dangling since the show launched, and we're hoping Whedon and company can pay it off.

But it looks like resident hacker Syke (Chloe Bennet) might not be among the gang as they go on the hunt for Coulson, as S.H.I.E.L.D. higher-up Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) has apparently seized control of Coulson’s team — and she’s not a fan of Skye. Which makes sense, since Skye has never been a good fit for the agency’s protocol.

Of course, this being the uber-predictable S.H.I.E.L.D., we’d think Skye likely strikes out on her own after this falling-out to find a way to help Coulson. Just spitballing there, but it seems pretty likely.

What do you think of the season so far? Did the midseason finale hook you in?

(Via Cinema Blend)