When “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” returns from its mini-hiatus on Feb. 4, expect for the series to go “full throttle” as it airs its final nine episodes of Season 1. According to showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, the focus of the show gets a lot tighter for the back half of the series’ first season.
Zap2it recently visited the set of “Agents of SHIELD” and spoke to the two showrunners as well as a number of the cast members about what’s in store. Here’s some teases about what’s coming up for the end of Season 1 and beyond.
Lorelei will cast a spell on the men of “Agents of SHIELD.” Maybe not literally, but Tancharoen teases of the Asgardian villainess, “She has the power of sorcery, so that’s interesting to see how our team deals with that.” Plus, she’s a total babe. “Maybe a few are enamored with her,” Tancharoen teases.
Melinda May is a fan of Lady Sif. While all the guys are going to drool over Lorelei in the upcoming episode 15, May is going to be excited to meet Lady Sif. So too was Ming-Na Wen over Jaimie Alexander. “She is a woman warrior and she’s godlike and she has to wear these kicka** boots and I was so happy I wasn’t the only one who had to walk around this awful floor and fight in high heel boots,” Wen says with a laugh. “It was just nice to have someone else on set to empathize with.”
There will be an Asgardian language barrier. “The language barriers, it was really fun to write,” Whedon says of conversations between the SHIELD team and Lady Sif. Tancharoen adds, “And seeing how she will take something literally. If Coulson will throw a line at her, she actually does the literal version of that physically.”
FitzSimmons won’t be attached at the hip all the time anymore. “We spend more time apart, that’s for sure,” Elizabeth Henstridge says of Fitz and Simmons’ relationship in the end of Season 1. “And I do think that different dynamics are going to come in and shake it up a little bit. But, I do think at the core, we’ll always be FitzSimmons.” Iain De Caestecker adds, “The more that happens, the more inevitably they’re not going to be with each other all the time. But most of the time.”
There’s a bigger “Agents of SHIELD” plan in action. “We’ve had a plan from the beginning,” Tancharoen says. “The first half [of the season] was to lay the groundwork. And as we approach the end of the season, you’ll see that all of that will pay off. Full throttle is the key word for it.”
Skye’s mystery will get resolved. Chloe Bennet already teased this, but Tancharoen and Whedon confirm that Skye answers are on the way. “We now know she’s an 0-8-4. What does that mean? There are a multitude of possibilities but we do want you asking that question — as she will be,” they say.
The showrunners know the answers to the big questions. The problem with many mystery-heavy TV shows is that they propose questions that the creators don’t have the answers to. Not so with “Agents of SHIELD.” “We do know,” Tancharoen says with a smile. “We know everything.”
Expect to see villains like Blizzard and Graviton again — just not immediately. “Some of them are long throws,” Whedon explains. “When we encounter things each week, we don’t want feel like, ‘Oh, here’s a guy who can do this, and let’s learn about what that is real quick.’ It feels sort of unearned and very standalone. So now that we’ve planted some of those seeds, we can encounter those people down the line and it will feel more earned.”
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” airs Tuesdays on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.