ABC recently premiered the 15th episode of the third season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and left fans with several questions regarding the progression of the show. So, to clarify the events unveiled in "Spacetime," the executive producers of the show explained the effects of the episode on some of the characters of the series.
Be warned, though, because article contains spoilers especially for those who haven't seen the episode yet. With that in mind, let's proceed.
As noted by Entertainment Weekly, "Spacetime" is all about the subject of changing the past and seeing the future. It also featured the return of Hydra with its Inhuman leader Hive. But aside from this, it feels that "Spacetime" is a continuation of "Maveth," where Phil Coulson goes after Hydra agent and spy Grant Ward through a portal.
Toward the end of the tenth episode, Coulson confronts Ward and kills him. This is the last time viewers saw Ward's animated body, even though it was inhabited by Hive. But then, in "Spacetime" Ward, who is now Hive, makes an appearance once again.
According to producers Jed Whedon and Maurisa Tancharoen, his return will have a significant impact on Coulson.
"This is going to be the most shocking for Coulson because he did something dark but for a good reason, and now he knows he didn't achieve much," Whedon told the Hollywood Reporter. "Maybe he even did something or created something worse with that act."
"I think that Coulson's real feelings about Ward will come to the surface," he added. "For everybody else, obviously it's going to be a very large threat. "
Tanchareon noted that with Ward's return through Hive, Coulson will have to confront events from his past. Also, since Hive may have Ward's memories, he may focus on getting back at Coulson for what he did on "Maveth."
"Up until this point, Coulson has been coping with what he did to Ward back on Maveth by just pushing forward, not really thinking about it," she said. "Now basically Ward's face filled the screen in his office and he literally came face-to-face with the person that he killed."