For those that didn't give up on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have seen the freshman show turn into a consistent crowd-pleaser as it dealt with the S.H.I.E.L.D. fallout stemming from the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. That said, if you haven't seen Winter Soldier or the recent episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you should probably do so in advance of going forward reading this [OBLIGATORY SPOILER WARNING ENDED].
So how do we sum up all that has happened to Marvel's merry band of S.H.I.E.L.D. misfits? Well, here goes: turns out HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and it appears Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) is among one of the turncoats along with his mentor Agent Garrett (Bill Paxton). Together, they broke into S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities and stolen various weaponry and other secret items and sent Garrett lapdog Deathlok (J. August Richards) to grab Skye (Chloe Bennett) because Ward apparently still has feelings for her and just wants to convince her that just because he's ostensibly a Nazi doesn't mean he's not a good dude. Understandably, Skye isn't convinced and so it seems the "will they-won't they" love story many complained about from the beginning has come to a screeching halt.
Meanwhile, what does mean for Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the rest of his team? Gregg decided to share his thoughts about the final two episodes to Entertainment Weekly, with the declaration that "payback's a bitch."
The last couple of episodes have been the destruction of everything Phil Coulson dedicated his life to: S.H.I.E.L.D., even the team that he put together after his near death, or actual death during The Avengers, has turned out to be sullied by a traitor in the midst. And now S.H.I.E.L.D., it turns out, has been filled with Hydra for nigh on 50 years. Everything the guy believes in has been destroyed. There is no S.H.I.E.L.D. at this moment, and yet he is aware of what John Garrett — The Clairvoyant — is up to with the help of the agent formally known as Grant Ward. And for a minute, it’s caused so much tension within his own team, that it seemed like Agent May and Agent Coulson were going to go their separate ways, and that there was no S.H.I.E.L.D. to turn around and retaliate with. But I think for the last two episodes, it becomes clear that this team is not going to let these people get away with what they’ve done, whether they’re operating on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D. or not.
Greeg continued that Coulson -- to borrow a famous movie quote -- is "mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore," which should be good news to those who got a bit bored of Coulson's search for the truth behind T.A.H.I.T.I. and the blue alien guy (Kree, anyone?) whose blood has restorative powers that will basically save anyone from death, preserving the [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) lineup for however many season Disney and ABC want to pursue.
Speaking of which, when is another season going to be announced? Why not strike while the show has finally become consistently interesting?
But I digress. If Gregg's words are to be believed, it appears that the last two episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be fun to watch, and, as a special bonus, Fitz might even tell Simmons he likes her!
The penultimate episode, "Ragtag," airs tonight on ABC.