Ward agents of shield Ward (Brett Dalton) is on the run, but is he loyal to Hydra or S.H.I.E.L.D.? Photo: ABC/Adam Rose

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 2 has given fans plenty of answers to lingering questions recently, but viewers still don’t know Grant Ward’s (Brett Dalton) intentions. It seemed that Ward took a turn for the worst last season when he was revealed to be a double agent for Hydra. After keeping him locked up for months, Coulson (Clark Gregg) tried to hand Ward over to his brother, Sen. Christian Ward (Tim DeKay). Ward escaped, but he still seems to think he works for Coulson. In episode 7, he captured a high-level Hydra agent, Sunil Bakshi (Simon Kassianides), and left him beaten and tied up with “For Coulson” written on the duct tape over his mouth. Fans shouldn’t think that changed Coulson’s feelings for him.

“Ward seems to think that he’s redeemable,” Gregg told Entertainment Weekly. “And yet for every step he takes that seems to be about mending fences with either Skye (Chloe Bennet) or Coulson, he seems to do something that’s equally psychotic. The speech that was in last week’s episode, the bit between the two of them before he turned Ward over, it seems like Coulson takes the deaths of Victoria Hand (Saffrons Burrows) and others very seriously. I don’t see how Ward is going to explain that away, from Coulson’s point of view.”

Ward will be taking another step backward in episode 8. He’ll take his brother hostage, which doesn’t make him seem like one of the good guys. Before they found Bakshi, Coulson, who still considers Ward dangerous, ordered his team to take Ward down “by any means necessary.” It seemed that the S.H.I.E.L.D. director wouldn’t mind if Ward was dead, and Gregg isn’t sure that Ward’s “gift” will change anything. 

“I’m sure Coulson does [want to kill Ward], but I also feel like there’s a cost to not being Hydra,” Gregg explained. “To Coulson, there’s a very clear line that you cross over when you indulge your more primitive retribution-based desires, that suddenly really starts to rupture the membrane between you and what you’re fighting against.”

As previously reported, Dalton doesn’t think Ward is pure evil. “I like to consider myself an antihero, not a villain,” Dalton told Seat42F this summer.

So if Ward isn’t a hero or a villain, who is Ward loyal to? Dalton seems to be leaving that question open-ended. “Now, with his allegiances ambiguous, it’s going to be very fun to see his relationships with everyone on the show evolve in this new landscape,” Dalton told ComicBook. “Will he help? Will he fight? We’ll just have to see.”

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EST on ABC. Do you think Ward is one of the good guys? Can he be redeemed? Sound off in the comments section below!