***SPOILERS! The following post is filled with spoilers from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Episode 10: Maveth***
Grant Ward is the Hive
The Hive, according to his Comic Vine page, is a member of HYDRA and a member of HYDRA's High Council. He worked with Baron Strucker, Madame HYDRA, Viper, and the Kraken to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. Not much is known about the Hive's past, except that he was a former HYDRA agent. This works perfectly into the show writer's hands because the comic book character has very limited origins and can be worked seamlessly into the show.
So...What's he got to do with Ward?
Well, the Hive has the power to take mental control of individuals by placing his squid/pod parasites on the body of any victim. At least in the comics, he has the ability to shoot parasites off of his body to infect more victims. He also possesses superhuman strength and is a formidable hand-to-hand combatant.
In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Mid-Season finale Maveth, Ward is brutally killed by Coulson while Fitz seemingly burns the body of the possessed Will. As we saw, a squid-like parasite came out of Will's dead body and it found its new host in Ward. The show left us with a possessed zombie-like Ward with a squid/parasite inside of him.
Why would the show writers choose to make him the Hive?
On the surface, the Hive seems like a really random character to have on the show. After all, almost no one knows who he is. Looking deeper into his character, however, it makes perfect sense for where the show is going. The second half of Season 3 is going to focus more heavily on building the Secret Warriors team.
The team already consists of Quake AKA Daisy Johnson, Lincoln Campbell and Joey Gutierrez. Reportedly, Natalia Cordova is joining the show as another Secret Warrior team member in Slingshot (Yo Yo Rodriguez) For more information on her character, check out this article. Slingshot joining the show is pretty cool considering the show mentioned her father (John Horton AKA the Griffin) all the way back in Season 1 Episode 18. Another potential member of the Secret Warriors is a character named Stonewall, who is the son of the Absorbing Man (appeared in Season 2).
With the show's clear focus shifting to the Secret Warriors, it would make sense to include a villain that the team faces off with in the comics right? Enter the Hive.
One of the missions of the Secret Warriors in the comics was to face off again HYDRA, which included facing off with the Hive.
Why would the writers make Ward the Hive?
Clearly, the show runners for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recognized that Grant Ward is a popular character and the actor that plays him, Brett Dalton, is popular as well among fans.
I mean, how could you not want this guy on your show? He makes puns all the time. Seriously if you're not following him on Twitter already, I highly recommend that you do.
There are plenty of fans that wanted Ward to have a redemption arc and turn into Hellfire or Taskmaster. However, the writers also realized that Ward's story was wearing thin and they needed to have the team kill him at some point. The writers for the show were in a tough position. They needed to kill off the character while keeping Brett Dalton on the show. Their solution? Turn him into a possessed monster.
While it is unknown if Ward is completely possessed or whether he is still in there somewhere. We will have to wait and see if he has any memories of who he was or if he is gone forever. Whatever the case may be, the writers were able to keep Brett Dalton and one of the original six Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 characters on the show.
We won't know how Gideon Malick plans on using the possessed Ward, but be sure to mark your calendars for when the show starts up again on March 8th!
What do you think? What are your reactions to Grant Ward becoming the Hive? Let me know!