After the jump, check out the first two clips from next week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring Raina, Ward and Garrett.
And we get our first glimpse of HYDRA Agent Ward since we last saw him gunning down Victoria Hand and a couple of "redshirts" at the end of last week's episode. For those of you who were hoping that Ward had just given Hand a few shots from the "Icer", it seems as though it was the real deal folks. Yesterday IGN published an interview with Jeph Loeb and Jeffery Bell, executive producers of the show, and asked them about that very topic. Here's an excerpt:
IGN: This is another question that you may give me a similar answer on, but can we also assume that Victoria Hand and those other unfortunate gentlemen are definitely dead?
Bell: Let's say that Ward definitely killed them.
IGN: [Laughs] Okay!
Bell: It's the Marvel Universe... But he definitely put three shots in her, and he killed her.
IGN: It wasn't the ICER he was using at that point.
Loeb: No, no. He iced her in the old-school version of "iced her."
A lot of folks, myself included, were hoping that Ward hadn't gone all the way over the edge, but with 4 cold-blooded murders on his hands in the past two episodes, it's certainly looking bad for the future; however, Bell and Loeb were careful to point out that the series is not over yet:
IGN: I saw a lot of people saying that it was kind of amazing that that wasn't the season finale, because that's usually the kind of thing that would happen in the season finale. Do you see these next five as almost some hyper-generalized mini-season you're telling? Do you look at it as setup for what's to come?
Loeb: Yes and yes. There's a whole new dynamic. We have revealed to the audience that Ward is Hydra, but our team does not know that yet. So we have many cards to still turn over in the last five episodes.
Bell: In light of The Winter Soldier and the story of The Winter Soldier, we're getting particular pleasure in how divided the very vocal reaction to last night is over whether or not Ward is in fact a bad guy. Is he doing this of his own volition? Is he not doing this of his own volition? What's great is, we are having that debate with our cast -- on the show, not personally.
IGN: Especially with that last expression we see on his face, because there are a lot of different ways to read that.
Loeb: Exactly. Yes there is.
IGN: [Laughs] You were putting this show together, and knew this huge twist was going to happen, with the Hydra reveal, and I assume it was a pretty easy decision at that point that someone in the main cast should be Hydra. How many discussions did you have about who it should be? Was there ever a point where it might have been someone else, or was it Ward from his conception?
Loeb: You're assuming that's the end of the story.
As it turns out, it may be too early to write off Ward entirely, though it certainly doesn't look good. Remember though, as the producers pointed out, early on in the season Ward was compared to the Black Widow so it's possible he's doing what he has to do to be in deep cover for S.H.I.E.L.D. before discovering HYDRA's plan and taking them out.
Source: The Wrap, SuperheroHype and IGN