Whoa. Hope everyone made it back in one piece after Tuesday night's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., because things are happening fast. After a slow first half of the season, things are picking up in every part of the show at light speed. And while much of last night's episode rests on a tie-in with Captain America: Winter Soldier , not all the reveals are so predictable. Here's the ones we expected and the ones we didn't.
Unexpected: Ward is the Mole
So I technically was expecting this one, due to a certain spoiler who shall not be named (*cough* Mom *cough). But even knowing beforehand than Ward would betray his team, watching him gun down Victoria Hand was a complete shock. Ward has been a bit of a blank slate all season, which I assumed to just be bad character development, but now it looks like he's showing his true colors.
Expected: Ward and Skye Sitting in a Tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G
That chemistry was pretty obvious from day one, so to see Ward finally open up about his feelings was kind of a relief (although he didn't need to talk down about Melinda May in the same breath). But Ward being a possible H.Y.D.R.A. agent sort of complicates getting that drink a little...
Unexpected: Melinda May is Pulling the Strings on Coulson's Team
All along, Coulson seemed to be the motivating force behind his team. But although Melinda May seemed reluctant to get back in the field in the first place, she was the one who really orchestrated the whole team. She also had the encrypted phone line to give Nick Fury updates about Coulson. Basically, the entire reason for this team is because Melinda May wanted to make sure Coulson was taken care of, which is kind of sweet, in a way (although she would supposedly be the one to take him out if things went badly).
Expected: Agent Garrett is with H.Y.D.R.A.
Okay, I feel like I called this one, at least a little. The agents are quick to believe that Garrett is The Clairvoyant, but he doesn't seem like enough of an evil mastermind to be the brains behind this operation, and his ties with H.Y.D.R.A. are a little tenuous. Seeing Garrett reveal himself as the bad guy (after watching Coulson furrowing his brow in very intense thought for like, three minutes) was a little underwhelming. Seeing the good guys, however...
Unexpected: Victoria Hand is Good
After last week's episode, Victoria Hand seemed to have "evil" written all over her. After all, why else would she want to kill Coulson and his team? As it turns out, it's because she thinks Coulson is part of H.Y.D.R.A. and is (understandably) paranoid. Not only is she an incredibly helpful ally, but the way she reveals her good intentions is pretty badass: giving Simmons and Triplett a test by acting as a H.Y.D.R.A. agent and asking them to pledge their allegiance or die. Sure, she was a intimidating, ruthless woman, but she was an incredibly strong leader. R.I.P., Victoria Hand.