Now that we’ve all had time to recover from the shock of *that* stinger and view the art for next week’s episode:
Ward is going to die either for Skye or for the team in general. If the story just involved his feelings for her I could think maybe it would end with her killing him instead(and carrying that trauma into next season), but after that whole bit where Garrett nearly let him die, that’s pretty much the only satisfying way this story can resolve at this point.
This is Skye’s story, though, and whatever Mary Sueish tendencies she has had or may still have, if she stays as she’s been these last two episodes, that’s not a bad thing at all. Seriously, my main thought after that scene with Ward was that I was proud of her. She’s turned into the kind of agent S.H.I.E.L.D. needs.
They seem to be pushing Fitzsimmons as the replacement ship, but they’d do better to go with Philinda. I didn’t even really ship them before watching the stringer, but my first thought while watching it(before the chip came out and gave us all much more important things to think about) was, “Okay, you guys need to kiss now.”
Will somebody please hug Fitz, though, on behalf of us viewers who can’t because he’s fictional and we’re not? kthxbye.
He and Simmons are starting to get established at different people, though, which is only healthy, though it would be sad if they grew too much apart.
I suspect the characterization Maria Hill was given here is at least somewhat setting her up for her role in Age of Ultron next year, and if so, it’s an intriguing one.
I’m still holding out hope, though, that Age of Ultron will at some point involve the Avengers finding out Coulson is still alive when the plane swoops down to their rescue, and the whole cast makes a cameo.
But when Fury shows up as we know he will in the finale, Coulson needs to punch him. Hard.