WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 finale.
Last week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “Scars”, wrapped up the crossover with Marvel’s big screen cinematic universe entry, Avengers: Age of Ultron, by finally explaining Theta Protocol (restoring the helicarrier used by Nick Fury in the film). As for Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Robert Gonzales (Edward James Olmos), and the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D., they had Inhumans to deal with.
Following a vision, Raina (Ruth Negga) tells Gordon (Jamie Harris) and Jiaying (Dichen Lachman) that S.H.I.E.L.D. is in possession of an ancient Kree weapon, which they reveal has the power to destroy the Inhumans. Raina and Gordon attempt to locate the weapon on Gonzales’s ship but are tracked back to Afterlife, alerting S.H.I.E.L.D. to its location.
Skye (Chloe Bennet) attempts to broker peace between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D., both of whom greatly distrust the other, setting up a meeting between their leaders. However, Gonzales attends the meeting in Coulson’s place, and when he reveals S.H.I.E.L.D.’s plan to index her people, Jiaying kills him and injures herself with his weapon.
Her actions successfully pit the two groups against each other and lead to the war between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans in the season 2 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “S.O.S. – Part One and Part Two.”
Jiaying Executes Her Plan
At the end of last week's episode, it became clear that Jiaying had little intention of attempting to establish peace between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D., but in the two-part finale, her plan is finally revealed to viewers. Jiaying has handed Cal (Kyle Maclachlan) over to Coulson's team as a distraction while she, Gordon, Lincoln (Luke Mitchell), and fellow Inhumans overtake Gonzales' ship. Her endgame, as she explains, is to use her Diviner-infused Terrigen crystals to execute all the members of S.H.I.E.L.D. (unless any happen to be Inhuman) in order to keep her people safe.
The slow-burning tension between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Inhumans comes to a head in the finale as Jiaying manipulates her people into a war of her own creation - committing the same crime she accused Gonzales of in the previous episode. However, with help from Raina, Skye sees her mother for what she is and helps Coulson and what's left of S.H.I.E.L.D. take down her mother, leaving the Inhumans without a leader (though probably not for long).
No More Hyding
When Cal was introduced as a doctor with anger issues, we speculated that he and his daughter, Skye, were the Marvel Comics characters Calvin Zabo a.k.a. Mr. Hyde and Daisy “Quake” Johnson. The midseason finale revealed Skye's true identity as Daisy - and her last name was revealed in "The Dirty Half Dozen" - and set her on the path to becoming Quake. Cal’s identity, however, has largely been hinted at through mentions of his past. That is, until now.
In "S.O.S.," Cal completed the transformation to the "monster" he has always claimed to be. Though Mr. Hyde isn't quite the hulking monster known to Marvel Comics fans, he's certainly a (violent) force to be reckoned with - and he plays a key role in thwarting Jiaying's plan to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. However, it doesn’t seem Mr. Hyde will be back for season 3, as Cal goes through the T.A.H.I.T.I. program, giving him a fresh start as a veterinarian.
Mockingbird Doesn’t Need Saving
In “Scars,” Ward helped Kara a.k.a. Agent 33 (Maya Stojan) kidnap Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) in an attempt to find closure. Ward and Kara torture Bobbi, but when the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent doesn’t respond as they anticipated, they turn their sights on hurting Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) as a way to get to her. However, Bobbi saves Hunter, as Ward accidentally kills Kara while she was wearing the face of Melinda May (Ming Na Wen).
Though the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff featuring Bobbi and Hunter may not be in the cards anymore at ABC, their part in the finale certainly proved (once again) that they have the action skills and relationship drama to carry a show on their own. That being said, viewers will certainly be happy to see them return for season 3. Speaking of which…
Setting Up Season 3
“S.O.S.” left quite a few loose threads and cliffhangers to keep fans guessing and anticipating the next season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jiaying’s Terrigen crystals were thrown into the ocean (along with an entire Quinjet) by Skye, and it seems they become a key ingredient in fish oil tablets on shelves around the world. With their effects spread far and wide, it’s likely we’ll be meeting many more Inhumans next year.
Additionally, Ward is shown mourning for Kara and attempting to track down the heads of Hydra - though the names he procures are of those who have already been taken down. So, it seems Ward may himself emerge as a new leader of Hydra. Since both Captain America films, especially The Winter Soldier, have established the rogue organization as a main antagonist in the MCU, it’s no surprise they haven’t been eradicated just yet. You know what they say: cut off one head, two more shall take its place.
A minor hint at the future, Coulson briefly discusses a new program with May’s (not so) ex-husband Andrew Garner (Blair Underwood) that will include powered people, be kept a secret, and will be led by Skye. Though we speculated Marvel could explore Skye’s Secret Warriors on the spinoff, it may be the case that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will, in fact, be incorporating elements of this program into the series itself.
Lastly, the final scene of the finale revisits the relationship between Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) in that they finally agree to go on a date together. However, those plans are most likely canceled as Simmons is enveloped by the Kree weapon that the Inhumans said could destroy their people. We still don’t know much about the artifact, but it’s fairly safe to say that Simmons won’t come out the same person she was when she went in. We'll have to wait until season 3 to find out what that means exactly.
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return for season 3 in the fall on ABC.