MARVEL’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Winter Finale Post-Mortem: Plot Twists and Secret Warriors

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
MARVEL’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Winter Finale Post-Mortem: Plot Twists and Secret Warriors
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As promised, the third season winter finale of ABC’s MARVEL’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” proved to be an emotional and action packed ride, which also provided a lot of things for fans and viewers alike to think and speculate about until they return in March. Recently, the executive producers of the show and actor Brett Dalton took some time off in order to talk a little bit more about the events that transpired, and what it means for the series moving forward. WARNING: This article will contain spoilers for the winter finale, “Maveth” and for the remaining half of the season.

MARVEL’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has come quite a long way from its first season, which is plain to see in the third season winter finale, “Maveth.”


Aside from raising the stakes higher than ever, and pushing the characters to their limits, in a way, the winter finale was a satisfying conclusion, in a way, to one chapter, which will give way to a new one, come March 2016.

“Maveth” shocked and delighted fans and viewers as Director Alphonse “Mack” Macenzie (Henry Simmons) stepped up to the plate, and as Daisy Johnson’s (Chloe Bennet) “Secret Warriors” team was able to participate during the mission.

Also, a new lease of life was given to Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) in a strange way, and both Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Leo Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) crossed some lines that they didn’t know that they would ever cross.

For Coulson, it was the fact that he ended up killing Ward; and for Fitz’s part, it was the fact that he had to kill Will Daniels (Dillon Casey), who had become the host for It.

According to Entertainment Weekly’s interview with executive producer Jed Whedon, he feels that both of them didn’t really have a choice in the matter, and mentioned that that look the two shared after being reunited with the rest of the team spoke volumes. For him, that look showed how those two characters didn’t really regard their victory over HYDRA as a total victory, due to the fact that they both have blood on their hands now.

Brett Dalton, however, according to his interview with Comic Book Resources, is excited about the new role that he will be playing for the rest of the season, thanks to the fact that his body is now the host for, the Inhuman entity, now only known as “It”, which managed to get across the portal.

Dalton revealed that he only knew Ward’s fate just one episode before shooting the winter finale, and mentioned that he is excited to see what new powers It will be giving his body.

There is still a lot of mystery surrounding It, the entity that now possesses Ward’s body.  Whedon in his interviews with The Hollywood Reporter and Entertainment Weekly stated that all that is known about this entity is that it is very ancient and that It has access to its host body’s skill set and memories.


Based on the post-credits scene, the new Ward appeared in front of Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe), who, of course, knows that his plan had worked.

Whedon, in his interview with Entertainment Weekly, confirmed that Boothe will be sticking around for now.

The interviews with Entertainment Weekly also teased the fact that there will be more Inhumans on the show as S.H.I.E.L.D. will not give up searching for them in order to protect them.

Whedon also confirmed that there will be more Secret Warriors coming, which makes it seem like the next half of the season will be pretty Inhuman heavy.

What did you think of the winter finale? Are you excited for more Secret Warriors come March? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.