*the following contains HUGE SPOILERS for Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The S.H.I.E.L.D. team have seen many friends go, losing their lives in the line of fire or by the hands of some evil entity. In the finale of Season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Dr. Holden Radcliffe wishes to repair those missing links by resurfacing S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Life Model Decoy program. In the absence of Leo Fitz, who Radcliffe wanted present for the occasion, the doctor is successful in bringing someone back from the dead as an android. So, from most likely to least likely, let’s list who might return in this upcoming fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
1. Lincoln Campbell | Died In Season 3's Finale
We last saw Lincoln in the final battle with Hive. In order to stop Hive from releasing his Inhuman chemical warhead to the world, Lincoln sacrifices himself and brings Hive to outer space where the warhead explodes, killing them both. Before the fight with Hive, Lincoln told Coulson that he no longer wanted to be a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and that stopping Hive was his final mission. Regardless, Lincoln never wanted to leave Daisy, so it’s unlikely he would’ve left S.H.I.E.L.D. completely if he had survived. Lincoln was becoming a critical part of the team and it would make sense that he could return as an LMD, which could also serve as a possible way of catching Daisy now that she’s gone rogue. Additionally, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons have countless amounts of DNA testings and genetic samples of Lincoln when he decided to volunteer himself, when the scientists created a failed Hive vaccine. In essence, everything is there to create a Lincoln LMD.
The only thing that would be missing from Lincoln's LMD would be his Inhuman powers since that’s the only thing Life Model Decoys aren’t capable of recreating. Of course, the show doesn’t have to follow that route, and it’s been shown in the comics that clones (or androids in this matter) can have their original reference’s powers. Look at the events of the Civil War comic story. Tony Stark created a clone of Thor (the real Thor was dead), and that Thor possessed the same godly powers as the original thanks to a tech update by Tony. I’m positive that we’ll be seeing Lincoln again because isn’t the whole show based on a guy who came back from the dead (Coulson)? Exactly.
2. Agent Antoine Triplett | Died In Season 2
Agent Triplett’s last breath was taken in Season 2, in the mysterious underground Kree base in Puerto Rico. While in search for the Obelisk, Daisy, Raina and him were entrapped within rotating walls and the three were then exposed to the Terrigen Mist. Since Triplett was not an Inhuman he was turned into stone, disintegrated and died. His death was heavily felt for the rest of the Season. Like Lincoln, it’s most likely the case that DNA samples of Agent Triplett are stored at S.H.I.E.L.D. While unclear if actual DNA from a person is required for the creation of an LMD, it would most definitely make the LMD as close as possible on the molecular level as it’s source.
3. Grant Ward | Died Twice In Season 3 (Hive)
I doubt Radcliffe would even think of doing such a thing after what he and the others went through, but we can’t disregard the possibility of Ward returning. The LMD program could fall into the wrong hands and a Ward return could be imminent. We still haven’t heard of Ian Quinn since Season 1’s finale, so he could be lurking around somewhere and get his hand on the LMD program as well. Quinn is the only person who was affiliated with Hydra but was not technically part of the organization, so he could still be around. After the Clairvoyant went mad by the finale of Season 1, Quinn took off and left, never to be seeing again. If you would like to read my thoughts on who the villains could be in Season 4, click here. I dig deeper into a possible appearance of Ian Quinn, the villain Graviton, an appearance of Crossbones and other-worldly evil entities.
Grant Ward was killed by Coulson on the planet Maveth in Season 3. His cadaver then became the favorite host-body for the inhuman Hive. Hive was killed by Lincoln in Season 3's finale.
4. Rosalind Price | Died In Season 3
The former head of the ATCU, Rosalind Price was killed by Grant Ward in the episode “Closure” of Season 3. She was shot and bled to death in the arms of Phil Coulson. Phil and her were in the beginning stages of a romantic relationship. It’s possible that Dr. Radcliffe could bring her back without the knowledge of Coulson, as a thank you for “saving his life” from Hive. Right now General Talbot is the leading head of the ATCU, so bringing Rosalind Price back would seem out of order since she wouldn’t have something to do.
Since Coulson is no longer the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., then he won’t be able to “give her a job” precisely. The return of Rosalind Price would definitely leave an impact on Coulson, and us knowing Coulson, I think he would rather keep Rosalind resting in peace, than create an android version of her.
5. Andrew Garner, Agent 33 And Victoria Hand
For the same reasons mentioned above I don’t think we’ll see a return of Dr. Garner. Agent May wouldn’t approve of such a thing after her experience with Lash. She would rather remember him as the man she loved and the man who saved Daisy, than to have an android-duplicate of him pretend to be him. Hellfire killed him in Season 3.
Another potential LMD could be Agent 33, one of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s best agents. She was captured and experimented on by Hydra and later formed a romantic relationship with Grant Ward. She was killed by Ward accidentally in the finale of Season 2. Another potential LMD could be Victoria Hand, a high level S.H.I.E.L.D. operative who was killed by Grant Ward in Season 1.