Full spoilers for Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD continue below.
Going into this “Agents of Hydra” arc as the third and final pod of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD: Season 4, I expected that the season finale resolution would come with our favorite SHIELD agents finding their way out of the Framework in time to move on to the next issue facing them in a prospective Season 5. But the deeper we get into this storyline, the more intrigued I am by the promise of longterm ripple effects on SHIELD’s central characters, even after they hypothetically get out of Aida and Radcliffe’s virtual prison.
We’ll talk about the Mace of it all in a bit, but first I’d like to deal with Fitz as the main, least-likely-to-die character who seems like he’s going to be dealing with this the most in the episodes to come. The big question going into this week’s episode was what could cause Fitz to be so dark that he would kill a woman in relatively cold blood. We learn that the answer is that his big regret was his poor relationship with his father, not the death of Simmons, and fixing that relationship turned him into the frigid man he is now.