Thursday, May 15, 2014
Agents of SHIELD 1x22 Season Finale - A New Level of Awesome
Okay, so some people might have been a tad upset to discover Ward was really Hydra, but I absolutely love it! Ward isn't a bad guy, but he's turned out to be one of those gray characters I adore. He's a good guy who picked the wrong path and got a bit lost in the darkness.
We got definite glimpses of that this week when he made the confession to Raina that he couldn't get Skye back because she thought he was a monster. Raina asked the question; was Ward really a monster, or was he simply what Garrett made him into?
This episode had so many fantastic moments smushed into it. I could go on about Agent Fury turning up at the right moment to save FitzSimmons, or the little scene between Fury, Coulson and Garrett that had me laughing out loud. But the final showdown between Ward, Skye, and May was so great -- with Skye needling Ward about being weak and blindly following Garrett, before throwing out the line that she hoped Garrett ordered Ward to walk into traffic.
Not long after this, May gave her opinion by smashing Ward in the face, spurring them into a vicious fight. At the end, when Ward realized he was going to lose, his expression said he wanted to reason with her, but May chopped him in the throat, so he couldn't speak.
After, when May brought him to front Coulson and the others, the remorse was already written all over his face... of course, its easy to be sorry when you've been beaten. I absolutely cannot wait to see how the writers slowly reform Ward over season two, and I don't imagine its going to be a straightforward or easy path. The team have threatened him with all sorts of torture, and as mean as I am, I'm actually hoping they totally break him down. And I literally mean break him. In some ways, I think it could be the only way Ward can successfully come out of the darkness... plus I'll admit, I like seeing a grown man cry for all the right reasons!