For a moment there, I really thought Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 was going to end on a completely blissful note, but I should've known better. The series has shocked us with final twists so many times, I never should have let my guard down — May would be ashamed. In the final few moments of the season finale, it seemed FitzSimmons were on their way to becoming the genius power couple we all knew they could be, until Simmons was attacked by the black, tar-like "classified cargo" being held in the hellicarrier. Nooooo! The worst part? No one was there to witness it, and the substance seemed to absorb her, leaving absolutely no trace of the bio-chemist. How will anyone know how to save her if they don't even know what happened to her? Can she be saved at all, or is Simmons already dead on Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. ?
The answer to that really depends on what exactly that substance is. While it hasn't been named, it does have a connection to the terrigen crystals used to unlock Inhumans' abilities, and therefore the diviner. This is definitely a bad sign, as both of those objects kill any non-Inhuman who comes in contact with them. If simply touching the goo has any sort of similar affect on people, I can't imagine what being completely engulfed by it could do to Simmons.
However, there is one thing that could essentially guarantee Simmons' safety: being an Inhuman. Skye's mother may have been evil in the end, but she was also very smart, so when she said that there are tons of Inhumans out there in the world, completely unaware of their own potential, I believed her. What if Simmons is one such person, an Inhuman who just needs exposure to Terrigen to fully develop her powers?
Of all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to be Inhuman, Simmons may make for the most interesting character arc. She was one of the people most afraid of Skye's powers and did everything she could to stop them, rather than help Skye learn to control them. How would she handle developing powers of her own?
But before we start worrying about how Simmons could potentially handle hypothetical super powers, we need confirmation that she'll survive this shocking attack. One minute she was awkwardly planning a date with Fitz, and the next she was pulled into the substance's grasp, completely disappearing into its depths. I refuse to believe that she's dead — Simmons has become one of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s most interesting characters, and I don't think her story is over yet.
Just think, had the episode ended a mere 30 seconds sooner, our biggest concern for Simmons going into Season 3 would been where she and Fitz will go on their long awaited date. Now it's whether Fitz can figure out what happened to his dear Jemma and save her before it's too late... Unless it already is.
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