(Warning - the following is basically all one massive SPOILER for Episode 6 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's third season. If you haven't seen it and don't want to read what happens, then this probably isn't the article for you...)
All right then, true believers. It's that time of the week again. The terrible moment where, in the aftermath of the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, we're forced to wait another whole blasted week until the next one. The only silver lining attached to that? It means we can now talk about the just-screened episode to our hearts' delight.
And so, without further ado, here are...
Five of the Biggest Reveals From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 6 (Including a Brief Plot Recap)
Which, in case the above SPOILER warning wasn't enough, will be pretty much entirely made up of SPOILERS for last night's episode.
Proceed with caution and all that...
So, first up?
5. Andrew Garner ISN'T Dead
Which, admittedly, we all kind of figured out for ourselves -- but even so, his survival dominates the early moments of the episode. With Garner having been barely snatched from the jaws of fiery death, though, May's righteous anger switch was very much flipped, and she sets off on a (essentially self-appointed) mission to find Ward.
Which in turn leads to the revelation that...
4. May and Bobbi Working Together Is Awesome
Now, that can arguably be classified under 'obvious things are obvious,' but it sure is fun to watch Bobbi and May team up -- as they did after May recruits the sort-of-Mockingbird to her mission. That, of course, only happened after the contractually required agent fight scene, but that really just doubled down on the awesome, so that's OK. The pair then began their search...by investigating a certain junior Von Strucker.
Werner Von Strucker to be precise -- who we saw hiding out with a certain figure from The Avengers...
3. Powers Boothe Is Back as Gideon Malick
Now, sure, he may only have been a hologram back in The Avengers, but that still technically counts as a movie cameo. Malick, though, pretty much immediately betrayed Werner, which in turn meant that by the time Bobbi and May track the kid down, Ward had very much beaten them to it.
Interrupting Werner having the snot beaten out of him by Hydra, Bobbi got the chance to prove she really is field ready by, well, beating the snot out of Hydra in return, with a neat baton electrocution trick on Kebo a particular highlight. May, meanwhile, struggled to get some useful intel out of Werner before he passed out/died, and managed to find out something pretty huge...which we'll get to in just a minute.
Before that, though...
2. Everyone Else Also Did a Bunch of Stuff
Specifically, Fitz remained a good dude by helping out Will for what he did for Simmons -- which caused him to reject Hunter (newly taken off the Ward case) who in turn headed off to help Daisy and Mack track down Lash.
Which, in classic Hunter fashion, he did largely through punching things. In this case, Rosalind's number 2, Luther Banks, who turned out to...not be Lash. They did, however, stumble onto Rosalind showing Coulson (who had to have something to do) the ATCU's Inhuman storage facility. Which Daisy was predictably super pissed about even existing.
What about Lash, though? Well, remember that thing Werner revealed back in that last section? As it turns out...
1. Andrew Garner Is Lash
Which is either a plot twist on par with the whole 'evil Ward' thing from Season 1, or a massive let-down since you worked it out weeks ago (as some fans most certainly did).
Either way, though, it's a major moment -- and one that's sure to set a whole lot in motion -- both for May, and seemingly Daisy, since Garner tried to persuade her that Lincoln would be safer at the base. Which you get the feeling he might just not be...
The big question now, though?
What do you reckon?