In one of last season’s biggest shockers, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” revealed that Agent Grant Ward was working for Hydra. While it would seem like Ward is destined to stay locked up for the rest of his life, the cast dropped a few hints that he wasn’t gone for good at San Diego Comic-Con.
“I’m definitely in Season 2, and we’re taking it one step at a time,” actor Brett Dalton told Seat42F. “And it seems that the fans are really enjoying this turn, and so I hope that being something that they want to see explored as much as I do.”
Dalton isn’t quite sure what Grant’s story will be. The cast had just started work on Season 2 the day before visiting SDCC, but Dalton had grown a beard for the part. He doesn’t believe that Grant is evil, however.
“I like to consider myself an antihero, not a villain,” Dalton told Seat42F.
Chloe Bennet agrees with Dalton. The actress mentioned that she doesn’t think Skye’s storyline with Ward is over yet. She thinks there will be hope for them because she doesn’t believe Grant is truly a bad guy.
“I really don’t think deep down that Ward is—Well, [Ward is] a murderer. [He does] kill people really in a horrible way,” Bennet told AfterBuzz TV. “But he was manipulated by Garrett. I hope there’s redemption. I’m not sure if it’s going to happen this season, but I think something will bring Skye and Ward together.”
Dalton added, “Have I made some questionable choices? Yes, but I’m also that scared little kid at the well and I don’t think we can forget that: the scared little kid who couldn't shoot his dog.”
Executive producer Jed Whedon hinted that Director Coulson will have to team up with some people that he might not trust, which could include Ward. “We’re absolutely embracing them being underdogs and them being driven underground. … This season he’s going to go in knowing that he has to work with people he doesn’t necessarily trust,” Whedon told Seat24F.
Will Ward be among those people? Of course, the writers and actors kept their lips sealed. However, Whedon did add that Coulson would be taking a back-to-basics approach to rebuilding S.H.I.E.L.D., which would connect “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” “This a guy who's obsessed with history, loves the history of S.H.I.E.L.D., and we see it in his office with all his doodads," Whedon said. "It’s a return to the old.”
"The old" might just include old agents like Ward.
"Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will return for its second season on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. EDT. on ABC. Do you want to see Grant Ward redeemed, or do you like him as the bad boy? Sound off in the comments section.