Breaking Down the Odds of a 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Death

The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winter finale is zooming in at the speed of a hellicarrier. We have two episodes to go, and then we'll have Agent Carter to turn our attention to during the winter break. The upcoming episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. , titled "Ye Who Enter Here," is expected to get dire. The agents have located the alien city, however according to the official ABC press release, "uncovering the secrets may require one of Coulson’s team to make the ultimate sacrifice." Are we preparing for a death in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2?

There aren't often major deaths on this show. Heck, the whole premise of the series was about undoing a character's demise. But this alien city seems dangerous, especially if it involves both Hydra and the diviner. It would be silly to think that everyone will come out of this unscathed. Plus, the title of that episode is a direct reference to Dante's Inferno and the inscription on the gates of Hell. If you are keeping up with your Joseph Campbell Hero's Journey checklist, this is the part where we go to the Underworld. Which Agent might die on S.H.I.E.L.D.? I've come up with some odds to prepare us going into next Tuesday's episode.

Leo Fitz

Odds: 15 percentExplanation: Absolutely not. Why would the show do that to me? Not again. Nah.

Antoine Tripplett

Odds: 20 percentExplanation: I'm going to ride the fact that he was rumored to be on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron all the way to the bank on this one. I refuse to even acknowledge this as a possibility. If I'm wrong, I'm wrong.

Lance Hunter

Odds: 30 percentExplanation: The actor who plays Lance, Nick Blood, is in the main cast this season, not recurring or a guest. Since he's new to the show, I don't know why they'd bother giving him that kind of contract if they didn't plan on keeping him for the full season. Yes, I will use economics to keep my favorite characters alive, absolutely.

Melinda May

Odds: 30 percentExplanation: Melinda May was willing to give up her identity and career to take care of Coulson if his compulsions didn't end. However, I don't think she'd put herself in a position to make an error or become an alien sacrifice. My gut tells me that The Calvary is here to stay.

Phil Coulson

Odds: 33 percentExplanation: Coulson's already died once. What is he, Buffy?


Odds: 40 percentExplanation: I think this is going to be teased, especially after her Dad alluded to the temple being a suicide mission/way to be reunited with his whole family in the afterlife. However, unless Skye plans on coming back from the dead, there are too many unanswered questions for us to lose our favorite hacktivist spy now. She may be the one they need to "sacrifice," but I doubt we'd actually lose such an important character.

Grant Ward

Odds: 50 percentExplanation: As much as I would love to be rid of Ward and his web of lies, there's still a lot more of Ward's story to be told. He's not even with the team, though I assume that Hydra will eventually arrive at the temple for a showdown.

Jemma Simmons

Odds: 60 percentExplanation: If I had to pick one main character for the show to surprise us by offing, it would be Simmons. That would be unexpected. It would be brutal. It would, at this point in the show, not break Fitz.

Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie

Odds: 70 percentExplanation: As seen in the photo above, he's going into the field in next Tuesday's episode. Now that Fitz is getting better, there's less of a need for his character on the team, which makes me sad, because I liked watching him and Fitz play video games and wanted to learn more about him. Plus, last week Mack expressed some doubts about Coulson's condition and authority. That's not a good look to have when death is on the horizon.

Bobbi Morse

Odds: 70 percentExplanation: Adrienne Padelecki is still a guest star. She and Lance Hunter have resolved their issues, so to speak. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. already killed off Agent Hartley and Victoria Hand. How many ladies can this show spare? That's not a trend they want to be known for or call attention to.

Billy Koenig

Odds: 90 percent

Explanation: Patton Oswalt is returning to the show after a brief absence. Eric Koenig been killed off before, only to be replaced by his "brother" Billy and the press release for the episode notes that we will be meeting Sam Koenig. This spells red shirt to me, my friends. What if the running gag of the series is that Patton Oswalt dies in every season, only to be replaced by another version of himself?

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