Garner Was In The Wrong Place On 'S.H.I.E.L.D.'

Hunter and May's vigilante hunt for Grant Ward was doomed to end poorly, but I didn't expect it to be quite so explosive. Is Andrew Garner dead on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ? Hydra had him surrounded and the building he was in burst into flames, so it doesn't look good for Melinda's ex-husband.

However, we didn't see who was lying on the ground by Andrew's ringing phone. I'm going to apply the Game of Thrones rule of "if there's no body, don't confirm the death... and even if there is a body let's not jump to any conclusions, here." I have to think that Garner has some S.H.I.E.L.D. training that could help him out of that sticky situation. He may be a professor by day, but I'm sure he could have held his own. Plus, don't you kind of wonder if Andrew is an Inhuman himself? He did allude to Werner a few weeks ago that those who study psychology are interested in their own background.

On the other hand, collateral damage is to be expected, as tragic as it is, and Hunter made a risky call. Ward basically gave May the choice of sacrificing her husband or a room full of people, and May was going to back down and save Andrew and take her chances with the other people. However, Hunter wasn't having it, and opened fire on Grant — who escaped. First of all, it was pretty gutsy of Hunter to act like he wouldn't do the exact same thing as Melinda if it was Bobbi on the other end of that call. Second of all, there goes May and Hunter's good relationship. I enjoyed that partnership while it lasted. Personally, I think there's still hope for Andrew Garner — and not just because I know that Blair Underwood is scheduled to guest star again in two weeks according to the official ABC press release, because that could easily be a flashback. His story isn't over yet, and that was too easy a win even for Grant Ward.

Lastly, did you hear the ominous Hydra music as Werner blew up the convenience store? That's how supervillains are born, y'all. Maybe I've got Star Wars on the brain (that's an understatement), but I was getting some major Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. origin story vibes from that moment.

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