Recently I started a little Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. re-watch. I just finished Season 2 last night and hadn’t really seen the first two seasons since the first airings. Last year, I dabbled with the idea of revisiting the old days of the show, but once I had gotten to the end of Season 3, I didn’t want to do that. In fact, I found myself really not feeling the need to watch Season 4 in the fall of that year and honestly just felt like quitting the show.
The reason for that? They bloody killed off Grant Ward! The bastards!
Ward was easily my favourite character on the show and I always enjoyed watching Brett Dalton’s performance. In retrospect, maybe I should’ve seen a more permanent exit for the actor coming once Ward was killed mid-season and possessed by Hive, but I couldn’t imagine the writers really letting him go from the show.
My heart sank once it became clear that they were killing him off for good at the end of Season 3. I really felt like I might be done watching the show. In the end, I did still watch Season 4 and it was good, better than I thought it would be, but the show just didn’t feel the same without him. You can imagine how happy I was once the Framework arc came in the last third of the season and Ward was back!
It was joy to watch Framework Ward and see other characters from the show’s past come back. Though it was probably the obvious route to go, many fans were predicting that Framework Ward would become real and come back to the show full time again, but this time as part of the team. I knew it would probably be too obvious, but I was SO hoping they would do that. I’m not lying, before I watched the season finale, I crossed my fingers that the very last scene of the season would be Framework Ward somehow making it into the real world. I really do think it would’ve been an interesting place to go. And it would’ve also given the writers the opportunity to fully redeem the character and do what they could have (and some may argue should have) done with him after Season 1.
The only drawback I could think of with that would be a Ward desperately longing for Skye again. I’ll be honest, I’ve grown less fond of Skye in later seasons and much preferred the delightfully twisted relationship between Ward and Kara/Agent 33. Re-watching Season 2 these last few days, I so loved revisiting that and wish we could’ve seen more of them together.
But if getting Ward back meant the possibility of SkyeWard being a thing again, I could take it. But sadly, the producers didn’t go this way, and declared in an interview that Ward will never being coming back again.