shield 210 synopsis The synopsis for “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 10 indicates that the team will definitely need the help of Melinda May, a.k.a. the Cavalry (Ming-Na Wen). Photo: ABC/Kelsey McNeal

“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 10 will serve as the winter finale for the show. It won’t return until “Marvel’s Agent Carter” finishes in March, so get ready for a long winter. Of course, this won’t be a happy send off for the team. In episode 9, Coulson (Clark Gregg) wanted Mack (Henry Simmons) sealed in the tower while he was seemingly possessed by an alien. Whitehall (Reed Diamond) ordered his agents to shoot down May (Ming-Na Wen) and the team on the plane. Plus, Ward (Brett Dalton) took Skye (Chloe Bennet) hostage. They’re all in danger, but the latest episode synopsis makes it seem like everyone might not survive.

In episode 10, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra aren’t avoiding each other or trying to beat each other to the temple anymore. After Whitehall ordered his men to take the plane out, the two organizations will be in a battle. “Coulson and Whitehall’s forces meet in an explosive confrontation that dramatically alters everyone’s fates,” the synopsis teases. It sounds like a life or death situation.

Skye is Ward’s hostage, but she might be the safest. According to the episode description, she “discovers shocking secrets about her past.” It looks like Skye will come face-to-face with her father (Kyle MacLachlan) for the first time in “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 10. But judging by the promo video, it won’t be a pleasant reunion. “You’re a monster, a murderer, a trail of death wherever you go,” she tells him.

Watch the promo video below:

“Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2, episode 10, titled "What They Became," airs Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. Do you think someone might be killed off in the winter finale? Share your theories in the comments section below!