Warning: This story contains major spoilers from Tuesday’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Read at your own risk!
As fast as the Secret Warriors were united they were disbanded, mostly because one of their own was inadvertently working for Hive. Twist!
Remember how Hive could literally infect other Inhumans and they’d suddenly become loyal to him? That’s what happened during Tuesday’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., when Daisy (Chloe Bennet) and her ragtag team broke into the Hydra base to save Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the gang.
After capturing Malick (Powers Boothe), the head of Hydra revealed that Hive could infect any Inhuman, putting a target on the Secret Warriors. Initially, Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) was revealed to be the culprit, having stowed the Kree orb away in his locker. But it was all a frame-job as Daisy was ultimately revealed to be infected and blindly loyal to Hive — so much so she destroyed the S.H.I.E.L.D. base on her way out. EW caught up with Bennet to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So presumably this is what you meant when you teased there was some crazy stuff ahead?
CHLOE BENNET: Oh girl, I wish this was as crazy as it gets. Oh my God, it gets even worse!
When did you know that Daisy was going to be infected by Hive?
We found out a couple months ago, so that sucked. [Laughs.] It was really hard. They brought me into the office. They’re like, “We have some news for you. This next coming episode, you are going to be swayed by Hive, and you are going to basically be under his control, his drug. He’s a parasite, he’s gotten into your brain. He’s able to basically manipulate you and change your motives. You’re still you, you’re still Daisy, you’re still as powerful as Daisy, but your intentions for what you want are completely different, and that’s super dangerous.” I was like, “Nooooo! I can’t!” You just defend your character. I feel like I’m Daisy more than I’m Chloe, so when I found out that was going to happen and I can’t control any part of it, it was a big challenge for me as an actress.
Is this reversible?
I think anything is possible. We brought Clark [Gregg] back to life, so I think yes, I’m sure they can find a way.
This is a fascinating dynamic — she is devoted to Hive, who looks like Ward.
Who isn’t Ward and I’m not Skye, but it’s SkyeWard and I know fans are going to love it a little bit, but also be very confused.
Will Hive and Daisy connect on a level similar to what we saw with Ward and Skye since Hive has those memories?
I’ve gotten a lot of questions like that: “Well, is she drawn to him because it’s Ward?” It’s the exact opposite. You’ll see moving forward that they do have a discussion about that, and she’s like, “No, I hate Ward.” It has nothing to do with him being Ward, it really has to do with the fact that she’s under the influence of drugs. That’s what the bosses told me when we were moving forward. They said, “She is basically on a large amount of drugs and not under her control. She didn’t take them, someone gave them to her.” She’s basically been Inhuman-roofied, is how I like to describe it. There’s something that Hive does to her — there’s a void that she’s felt her entire life as someone who is an orphan, who has always wanted to belong. Immediately, that emptiness and that sadness that she’s felt is gone, and that’s a really powerful thing to give someone — the immediate opportunity to belong and have all their insecurities go away. That’s one of the most powerful drugs you could give someone. That’s what we’re dealing with.
Does she really not care that she’s basically left Team S.H.I.E.L.D. to die?
I don’t think she even understands as Daisy. It’s funny to talk about it, because now I sound like the writers, because these were all questions I was asking. “How could she leave S.H.I.E.L.D.? What do you mean?!” It was really frustrating to me. It’s like, “You’re under drugs. You are yourself, but your entire intentions and your entire existence — the meaning of your existence has shifted into something completely different.” That was a weird thing to play and really hard for me as an actress, because you want to defend your character and understand their choices. You have to keep going, “You’re under the influence, you’re intoxicated, so you’re not being yourself,” but you are being yourself, which is why it gets really complicated.
Are we going to see her try to fight this at all?
You’ll see that. You see her getting really frustrated, because she obviously has run-ins with the team in the future, and crazy s— goes down, basically. You can see that there’s an internal struggle happening, but Hive’s power over her will always win.
Out of everyone on the team, who do you think has the best chance of getting through to Daisy?
Obviously it’s Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) and Coulson who have the most influence. She loves Coulson like a dad and she loves Lincoln as her boyfriend and partner. It’s really hard. Basically, I’ve been in a very emotional state for months now.
Hive had her kill Malick and destroy the base. Can you tease what Hive will want her to do in the future?
The dangerous part about that is I don’t think Hive had her kill anyone. It’s confusing. She had that idea on her own, and she goes, “I know something we need.” So it’s really about impressing him and working for him. It’s really tricky. Moving forward, it’s going to be such a weird thing for fans. Obviously fans of SkyeWard are going to be like, “Yay, but this is weird — no!” I can say that, moving forward, the series won’t be the same at all. Nothing about the series will be the same, and the finale is truly one of the most — we’re shooting it now and I’ve just been in stitches for days. The whole show will never be the same again.
Will those terrigen crystals she stole come into play in the finale?
They’ll come into play sooner than the finale.
Are we heading for an all-out war between Hive’s Inhumans and those who are with S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Yeah, it’s not going to be easy. There’s going to obviously be a struggle. There’s an aspect of it that was kind of exciting. We get to basically see how powerful Daisy has been and how much she’s been holding back. Without her moral compass working, her powers are so much more powerful than we even thought. You even see it with Malick; the way she kills him is so brutal and not something you’ve ever seen from her before. Moving forward, that will continue to happen. That really ties into the debate in Civil War. You see how an Inhuman in the wrong hands, or manipulated by the wrong person, is incredibly dangerous. You really see how much control Daisy has had up to this point of her powers. Then you see them unleash a little bit.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.