[SPOILERS ahead for those not caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]
With Agent Carter season 2 now wrapped up on ABC and the winter hiatus of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming to an end, the Marvel series will resume its season 3 storyline. Before the break, season 3 largely dealt with the fallout from the show’s season 2 finale, which saw Terrigen crystals distributed worldwide causing a massive emergence of Inhumans. In the season 3 midseason finale, Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) traveled to Maveth in search of the oldest known Inhuman – though he brought it back in a way he likely wasn’t expecting.
The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. producers have confirmed that the being inhabiting Ward’s body is the Marvel Comics character Hive, but when the show returns, it will also be dealing with the emotional fallout of former Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), who killed Ward before Hive inhabited the Hydra agent’s body. Now a new clip from the midseason premiere teases this fallout and the synopsis for the episode promises even more Inhumans in the second part of season 3.
SpoilerTV released the clip (above) from ‘Bouncing Back’, which will deal with the aftermath of Coulson’s trip to Maveth where he killed Ward and brought back Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). In the clip from the midseason premiere, Coulson and Fitz discuss the hard choices they had to make while on Maveth, with Coulson saying, “Sometimes there’s no choice but the hard choice.”
The end of the scene also teases the return of the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine, which was first introduced in season 1 used by the Centipede Project to recover hidden memories from Coulson. He used the machine again in season 2 to unlock his own memories concerning the T.A.H.I.T.I. Project and learn how he was brought back to life following the events of The Avengers. This time, though, it seems Coulson will be using it on someone else.
This new clip from ‘Bouncing Back’ certainly hints that the darker Coulson who emerged following the death of Rosalind Price (Constance Zimmer) didn’t go away when he killed Ward in retribution for her death. Certainly, his gruff handling of Fitz’s own conflicted feelings about what happened on Maveth seems to indicate that Ward won’t be the only character on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to take a much darker turn in the second part of season 3.
Still, Coulson won’t be the only focus of the show when it returns. A previously released synopsis for ‘Bouncing Back’ teased many of the overarching story threads that will resume in the midseason premiere including Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) assembling the team of powered individuals to be called the Secret Warriors, Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe) rebuilding Hydra, and the public’s perception of Inhumans foreshadowing the main conflict of Captain America: Civil War. With so much going on, Coulson will likely provide an emotional arc to ground the other storylines continuing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 when it returns.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with ‘Bouncing Back’ on Tuesday, March 8th at 9pm on ABC.