[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead.]
The upcoming episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. is set to be a thrilling one. The TV promo for ‘Closure’ is a fast paced affair cutting high stress clips to a relentless, rising beat. This teaser promises action-packed scenes fueled by revenge in an ultimate face off between Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his wayward ex-agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), with Coulson threatening to “Cross some lines the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. shouldn’t cross.”
In contrast to this, an alternative sneak peak teaser has just been released that has a far more somber tone. This revealed scene shows a rare glimpse into Daisy’s perception of her former love interest and the events surrounding his betrayal. Check it out above!
‘Closure’ is the ninth episode of AoS‘s third season, currently airing on ABC. This will more than likely be the penultimate episode before the show takes its mid season break in December. The action in season 3 so far has split its focus between the various threats at hand – including Ward’s leadership of reformed Hydra – and spent some time allowing for character development within the ever growing team. With the inclusion of more Inhuman characters have also come more opportunities for action and the for visual effects team to up their game.
This new clip features Daisy discussing Ward with Coulson in an interview like setting where the Director appears to have stepped into the role of team counselor – the role recently vacated by Andrew ‘Lash’ Garner (Blair Underwood). The dialogue revisits the big Season 1 reveal that Ward was a Hydra double agent along with his mentor, S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran; John Garrett (Bill Paxton). This was a shock twist made all the the more bittersweet by the developing love story that had just climaxed after a very gradual unfolding between him and Skye aka Daisy. The point to be read in between the lines as Daisy analyses the draw of Ward being taken in by a powerful father figure is that she herself experienced exactly that – only she was lucky enough to have met Coulson rather than someone more nefarious.
Ward has never been painted as a purely evil villain, more as a product of his environment and experiences. His character portrayal gathers both anger and sympathy from viewers always flirting with the possibility of redemption (or Daisy’s forgiveness) despite each new story development pushing him further away from its likelihood. Ward has arguably had one of the most interesting character arcs on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – and drawing similarities between the other most highly developed character of Daisy is a clever device used to illuminate that point effectively.
Although the S.H.I.E.L.D. team have valid justifications for wanting Ward’s immediate demise, it will be disappointing should they succeed because this character is both complex and compelling. He has provided much of the tragedy and angst that AoS utilizes in contrast to its lighter elements.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues next Tuesday with ‘Closure’ at 9pm on ABC. Agent Carter season 2 will air during S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s mid-season break, starting on January 5th, 2016.