SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 'The Devil Complex' ahead
The latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode may have revealed who really destroyed Earth. We break down our theory about General Hale, Hydra and the Kree. Since the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere, the show has established a major mystery: Who destroyed the Earth? The agents were told by those in the future that Daisy Johnson aka. Quake broke the Earth apart with her powers. However, as many viewers have theorized, the "facts" of how the Earth was destroyed could have been changed by whoever was telling the story. Remember, humans had been subjugated by Kree in the future, so the aliens were the ones writing the history.
Then, of course, Gravitonium was reintroduced to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its continued involvement in season 5 indicates it's a key part of the overall mystery. Further, the future version of Yo-Yo offered her younger self some advice on how to save the planet. Namely, S.H.I.E.L.D. must let Phil Coulson die to save Earth. It's not clear yet why Coulson must die to save the world, but the 100th episode revealed he's dying from The Avengers injury that originally killed him. That was before he was revived using Kree technology. Now, this week's episode, 'The Devil Complex' offers some major new hints at who really destroys the Earth.
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Back in the present, Coulson and the agents track down General Hale, the high-ranking U.S. military officer who replaced General Glenn Talbot. She explains to Coulson that she's trying to save humanity from extinction, which seems to indicate she knows something about the future. Further, the final scene of the episode features an exchange between Hale and a mysterious new character in a curious-looking room. So, we break down this last scene, what it reveals about Hale's plans and how it ties into both Hydra and the Kree.
Hale's Mysterious Meeting Explained
Ever since Hale was introduced earlier in season 5, viewers have known she answers to someone other than the U.S. government since she shot and killed two of her subordinates. Ever since the agents returned to the present, we've seen her start to amass a team of individuals with certain abilities. This includes her daughter Ruby, the son of a high-ranking Hydra officer Werner von Strucker, and Carl Creel aka. Absorbing Man. In last week's episode, 'Principia', Hale revealed she's building "something new" out of the ashes of Hydra. Now, the final scene in this week's episode reveals what that something new seems to be.
In the scene, Hale appears in a shadowy room with blue writing on the walls. She's approached by a new character who remains in shadow for the duration of the scene (more on him later). The mystery man criticizes Hale because she hasn't yet delivered on what she has promised. He says, "You’re here because the Confederacy allows it. You want a seat at the table, you must prove you are deserving of it." Based on this statement, we now know that Hale's goal is to join this Confederacy, and presumably everything she's done has been in pursuit of that goal.
It also seems, from this exchange, that the Confederacy is pulling her strings. Earlier in the episode when she's being interrogated by Coulson, she reveals she's trying to "prevent our extinction." She also says, "I have orders not to let you escape by any means." If she's working at the behest of the Confederacy, they're the ones who don't want SHIELD to escape. For a further hint at who exactly the Confederacy is - though we have heard that term before (more on that later) - the man also gives Hale some Odium and tells her it's tradition to take it before failure so as to go out fighting in a blaze of glory. As we learned earlier in the season, that's a very specific Kree tradition.
So, we know the man is Kree, but why does he bid Hale farewell with the phrase, "Hail Hydra"? Well, the history of Hydra, as has been established on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is linked with Inhumans, who were originally created by the Kree after the alien race performed experiments on humans. Hydra originated as a group devoted to worshipping the ancient Inhuman known as Hive. But, what does this all have to do with the present and the imminent destruction of the Earth? We have an idea.