For Ward, even though there were no fancy brainwash machines sessions to turn him into a killer that doesn’t mean that more pedestrian methods of manipulation and coercion couldn’t be as effective. Grant may have always had a bit of darkness in him due to his environment but his loyalty extends to the person that took him away from not only a bad home life but a mediocre existence with a lack of real purpose. It’s just unfortunate for him that this person happened to be a trained sociopath who foisted his own loss of faith with SHIELD onto his young charge. Just as Bucky Barnes can be redeemed for countless horrific acts, so too can Grant Ward if the team allows him the chance to realize that the difference between Garrett and his fellow former agents could be an unconditional support.
Ahhh… Papa Original, I’d love to have you back around although I get the feeling there’s going to be a catch as there so frequently is when the dead returns. Earlier in the season we established that Celeste hopped from body to body on her path of vengeance. If Davina is capable of bringing Mikael’s spirit back, then I’m pretty damn sure she probably couldn’t bring his body back as well. So he’d need a capable vessel and who better than Marcel? It’s easy to picture Marcellus at the end of the war with his army fallen. By that point there wouldn’t be much for him to do storywise other than straight up die. And that would be such a waste of the relationship they’d spent all season establishing with Klaus and other characters in the French Quarter. Also, we’d get the pleasure of seeing Charles Michael Davis be a real evil bastard again! He’s so very very good when he’s bad.
With the wall of the other side disintegrating (thanks TVD!) the residents trapped between are determined to not go quietly into the dark. This includes Mikael, a character that over on TVD was such a wet blanket and easily dispatched-of threat that I couldn’t much understand why Klaus was ever so afraid of him. But in his appearances on The Originals, Mikael has really been shining. This is the asshole that makes the big bad tremble in fear, or wake up in a cold sweat after having a nightmare about him. So is it wrong that part of me hopes Davina can in fact bring him back from the dead? I certainly don’t want Klaus and Elijah to run again, but I think they’d stand up and fight back this time. Besides, anything that keeps Sebastian Roche` on my screen can’t be a bad thing ultimately.
There’s a moment where Root is forced to deal with feelings of guilt and remorse as she talks with Harold about how he built the Machine. She curses him for ‘breaking’ her by having her care about people while Harold rebuffs that assertion with the pure and simple fact that the Machine’s empathy toward people is what makes her so effective. For all her posturing and deflecting that she’s just not programmed like the rest of ‘them’—seeing her undergo painful medical procedures with little or no anesthetic and barely flinching for example—we know that Samantha Groves is trying to emulate the cold calculated nature of the computers she grew up with.
So giving characters like Lady Sif and Lorelei this platform is more than just another chance for the agents to interact with Asgardian mystique. It’s actually allowing for further cross-screen world building. When all is said and done, what happens on MAOS matters to the films as much as what happens in the films impacts this show. That means that unbeknownst to Sif, she was actually in Midgard following the orders of an enemy—Loki in disguise as Odin. Loki wanting Lorelei back in Asgard has potentially huge ramifications that could pop up in Thor 3 either in another appearance from the character or an introduction to her more famous sister, Enchantress. It’s beyond time we get female baddies in the MCU especially since this show has had its fair share already.