[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead.]
They may have only just escaped from the dystopian alternate reality The Framework, but things are about to get even tougher for Phil Coulson and co. in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. if AIDA's master-plan comes to fruition. In last week's episode 'The Return', it was confirmed that the former Life Model Decoy didn't just turn herself into a real person, she's now become an Inhuman and has multiple abilities including teleportation and electro-kinesis.
Initially, it appeared that AIDA's new humanity may have caused her to think twice about being evil, as she used her Inhuman powers to save Mack from a drowning enemy base. In fact, everything was going swimmingly until Fitz decided the best thing to do to an evil former android turned multi-powered Inhuman was to dump her. Feeling heartbreak for the first time, AIDA went on a rampage and returned to the Superior to plot her vengeance. Oh and Ghost Rider's back.
Given the frequency AIDA's motives and goals have changed over the course of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s fourth season - especially now that her long-term aim of becoming human has been realized - some viewers may be unsure as to the villain's endgame leading into the season finale. Helpfully, Jemma Simmons herself, Elizabeth Henstridge, has cleared up the issue (via EW). Henstridge states:
“We’ve seen what the Framework looks like and now AIDA’s trying to recreate that in the real world. We know what happens though, we know the oppression, we know the kids whose classrooms get blown up. The stakes are huge. You’ve got two sides that are willing to risk everything and the consequences to not winning are diabolical.”
AIDA's desire to turn the world of The Framework into a reality makes perfect sense; her comments at the end of 'The Return' demonstrated that she craves the control she had over others in the alternate reality, particularly since she could make Fitz love her unconditionally. However, duplicating the Framework's dystopian world in reality should be impossible since the alternate universe was created by removing peoples' regrets and re-writing history. The Bahrain incident has already happened, for instance. Then again, the full extent of AIDA's power has yet to be revealed.
It appears then, that there are a number of juicy ingredients bubbling away as fans head into season finale, 'World's End'. There's a super-powered and emotionally unstable villain with a clear and villainous goal in mind, there's the return of fan-favorite Ghost Rider and also, the question remains as to whether Yo-Yo can convince Mack to come out of the The Framework. Everything seems firmly in place.
With that said, fans should brace themselves for the possibility of a cliffhanger ending. This seems all the more plausible, now that Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. season 5 is officially happening. If such a route is taken, hopefully the season 4 finale won't leave viewers feeling too frustrated.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 concludes May 16th with 'World's End' on ABC.