“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 has had a lot of romances: Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Rosalind (Constance Zimmer), Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki) and Hunter (Nick Blood), Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and Lincoln (Luke Mitchell). However, one couple has managed to avoid getting together for the better part of three seasons on the ABC drama. Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) finally had their first kiss in the fall, but their relationship hasn’t gone much further. Henstridge revealed that she isn’t so sure the scientists will officially get together any time soon.

The actress reasoned that with a job like theirs, they’re mostly just concerned about keeping each other alive. “They’ve been through so much and have nearly lost each other so many times that for them where they are at the moment, we don’t know what’s happening,” Henstridge told Comic Book Resources. “We don’t know what our relationship is going to turn into, or if we’re going to be friends or more, any of that stuff, but it doesn’t really matter because at least we’re both alive and on the same planet.”

That doesn’t mean the two are avoiding a relationship, though. While couples like Lincoln and Daisy move very quickly, Fitz and Simmons are still taking their time to make sure their friendship can survive. “In [a recent] episode, Simmons just said, ‘I miss you. There it is. I don’t know what comes after that. I just miss you, so what do we do about it?’ I think they’re just going to be constantly taking the next steps and seeing what they can handle and what they can’t,” the actress explained.

Simmons won’t be focused on Fitz this week, though. In episode 14, she’ll be working towards being an independent field agent. In the midseason finale, she had to set Lash (Blair Underwood) free in order to escape Hydra, but Lash didn’t only attack evil agents. He killed many innocent Inhuman hostages too. Simmons feels guilty, and she wants to be better prepared next time she is in danger.

“It’s a recurring theme for her that she needs a man to save her,” Henstridge told Entertainment Weekly. “On the planet, she only got back because Will [Dillon Casey] sacrificed himself for her. Now, she let [Lash] out because she wanted to save herself, and she didn’t know how she was going to do it. She knows she doesn’t have the combat skills to be able to take on all those Hydra soldiers. Selfishly, in hindsight, she sacrificed all of those Inhuman lives to save her own. She’s just done with not being able to look after herself in that way.”

Fans will have to tune in to see Simmons develop her new skills. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on ABC.