TV News: Cast Member Talks Big AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Twist

Written by Christian Jones Thursday, 10 April 2014

TV News

Warning: Spoilers Ahead!

If you haven't seen the latest episode of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. that aired Tuesday night in the US then you may not want to read any further!
It's up to you, true believer, but don't say we didn't warn you!

Right, here it goes...

Now you might want to sit down as there's no easy way of saying this but... Agent Grant Ward, a.k.a Butch Whoppercock ... is a HYDRA sleeper agent. There, it's said. It's a lot to take in but after the events of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER you suspected a revelation like that, right?
Speaking to Marvel, actor Brett Dalton defended his character’s duplicity, hinting that Ward may be more S.H.I.E.L.D. than he'd like to admit.
"Try as he might to keep those [feelings] in check, I think his feelings – or certain feelings - might have crept up and surprised him," he explained. “When you're living, eating, and on missions with people, you become part of that family unit."
He continued, "I think that it probably gets harder and harder to turn that off. I mean I couldn't imagine doing that myself. Being an embedded spy has to be one of the most difficult jobs I could imagine. Because you have to wear one mask, and not forget about your job, your duty, at the same time. You have to let your guard down in a way, because they need to trust you. But it's a false sense of letting your guard down. But my loyalty to [HYDRA leader] Garrett wins out. So I have to follow his orders and I have to make some difficult decisions."
A lot of actors relish exploring the darker sides of their characters and Dalton is no exception. "[There's] so much more fun to play the bad guy. So much more fun," he says, "Plus my scenes [are with] Bill Paxton, who I think just has more fun in general on set than I typically do. Sometimes I kind of just act [with my] nose to the ground and [just] do it. And this whole thing has just opened up a kind of levity to it, a kind of, I won't even say freedom - I'd say fun is the right word. There's a real joy to it, and it's great."
Away from Agent Ward’s deception, it’s also been confirmed that upcoming AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes will feature appearances by Cobie Smulders’ Maria and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury.

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