EDITORS NOTE: This story have been updated from original article on July 21st. Jump to bottom for UPDATE.
Those who spent the time and effort to tune in each week for the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may have been a bit disappointed overall, but there’s no question that the show ended on a very dramatic high point. Even those of us that foresaw doom in the show’s future have to wonder at where the writers will take it come next season. Well, it seems as if they’re preparing for something bigger, for the S.H.I.E.L.D. team has just picked up none-other-than Xena the Warrior Princess herself – Lucy Lawless.
As of now, nobody knows who Lawless will be playing, how long she’s going to be sticking around and whether or not she’s going to be an ally to the S.H.I.E.L.D. team or a villain that they have to take down. The only thing for certain is that the show is much better for this casting decision.
Lawless is a serious sci-fi and fantasy alumni, showing up in major roles on much-loved shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess, Battlestar Galactica, Spartacus and many more. Anyone that knows the genre knows exactly who she is and knows that whenever she graces a show with her presence, she instantly makes it better than it was before. Considering the lukewarm opinion of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s season 1, a star like Lawless could be exactly what they need to keep their endgame momentum going and prevent a season 2 cancellation.
So let the speculation begin! With the (SPOILER) loss of Ward, the team needs another body to fill the shoes of the “bad-ass” agent. Lawless could certainly do that. Others have been speculating that she’ll be an Asgardian. There’s no question that Lawless has the physicality to pull it off, should the writers choose to go that route. Or we could see one of the Marvel Universe’s iconic villains popping up to do battle with S.H.I.E.L.D. Lawless would be an amazing baddie, particularly if they brought her on as season 2’s over-arching nemesis. Since the show has decided to increase the density of their super-powered villain population, they’ll need to grab up some faces to take on the roles, so who knows? Hopefully, this week’s arrival of SDCC may shed a little more light on the subject.
Check out the second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. when it returns to ABC on Tuesday, September the 23rd.
*** UPDATE ***
Marvel just announced at their SDCC TV panel that Lucy Lawless will be playing S.H.I.E.L.D. veteran Isabelle Hartly.
Source: TV Guide