Who will be the Destroyer of Worlds? That seems to be the key question behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s next episode, as both Daisy and Ruby take the next step towards their destinies.
The first half of Season 5 saw the S.H.I.E.L.D. team trapped in a dystopian future timeline. There, they learned that Daisy's tremendous powers had cracked the planet like an egg. Daisy had become known as "Destroyer of Worlds," hardly the inspiring title S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Inhuman hero hoped to achieve. S.H.I.E.L.D. are now back in the present day, and desperately attempting to change a future that seems increasingly inevitable. The last episode, "Rise and Shine", saw Coulson learn of Hydra's most sinister project yet. It bore the name "Destroyer of Worlds".
But is Daisy really the Destroyer of Worlds? Or is it actually Ruby, General Hale's ruthless daughter? Ruby was conceived - by artificial insemination - to become the Destroyer. Worse still, she has a rebellious streak, and seems to be making plans of her own. Previous episodes have shown Ruby conspiring with Strucker against her mother; it's telling that, when Hale asked her daughter what Ruby told Strucker, she answered: "The truth." The promo seems to suggest Ruby will finally kick her plan into gear; it even shows her battling the Absorbing Man.
Meanwhile, Coulson's capture has left a power vacuum in S.H.I.E.L.D.. Season 4 gave hints that Daisy will step up to a position of leadership, and the promo teases that now is the time. It's a natural piece of character development for Daisy, and - with Coulson dying - could well set up a Season 6 with Daisy as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D..
Daisy couldn't become leader at a worse time. With the future seeming set in stone, her S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues are becoming increasingly reckless. Yo-Yo knows she makes it to the future, and her new cybernetic arms give her enhanced strength. Super-strength plus super-speed is a terrifying combination, especially in a woman who believes she's unkillable. But she's not the only one; the revelation that Deke is her grandson has left Simmons convinced she, too, cannot die. After all, in order to have a grandson, she first has to give birth to her daughter. It's possible Simmons is already pregnant - certainly she's been seen vomiting - so that particular part of the future may already be in the works. And that's without counting the fact Fitz has turned into the "supervillain in the basement."
Suffice it to say, Daisy's in for a steep learning curve.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 continues Friday, April 6th with ‘Inside Voices’ at 9pm on ABC.