*Insert Spoiler Warning Here. This is right were the second Spoiler Warning would have gone if we were going to put in another Spoiler Warning to warn those people who haven’t watched the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. I’d like to think it’s only a hand-full of busy parents, cave spelunkers, and the Amish, but we all know that our busy lives put a lot of us on different pages when it comes to when and how we watch our television shows. Suffice it to say that last night was an interesting episode and we saw what might be the last appearance of [REDACTED].
OK, we’re past the need for any further spoiler warnings because if you’re reading this then you clicked past the opening page anyways and you deserve and spoilers. One huge factor in this seasons Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., know as AOS from here on out, is the additional casting. When Lucy Lawless was cast for this season the Internet just about exploded with fan reaction, 99.99998% positive. The .00002% were really just angry that Lawless wasn’t going to play Xena in the AOS episode, not that she was cast.
Then last night we get to see a kick-ass-and-take-no-names Lawless super spy character do her thing until… Wammy! She has her hacked off with her own knife. I’m sure we were all telling ourselves that it would be OK, she’ll survive and get some new super spy arm, but no, because just then her car is crashed by the Absorbing Man and we’re left with a last look into the glassy eyes of a lifeless(?) Lawless after the crash. Now we all know that no one is really ever dead in comic books or comic book movies. Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is a prime example, but will this be the case for Lawless?
THR talked with Lawless about her time n the show and that specific question of her character’s fate:
Could you come back in flashbacks or pop up in other properties?
Absolutely. It’s whatever the writers want to write. All things are possible in SHIELD. That’s what I love in this sci-fi comic world. There are no absolutes. There are no bottom lines. Every boundary is bendable.
Entertainment Weekly talked with executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and asked them about the abrupt departure of Lawless:
EW: Going into the premiere, we knew Coulson would have to lean on some unsavory people to keep S.H.I.E.L.D. afloat, but then you basically kill them all off. Why did you decide to only use Lucy Lawless for one episode?
JED WHEDON: We wanted you to invest in the character and feel like this person was a real equal to Coulson. She definitely fit the bill on that front. Lucy has such a strength to her. We didn’t want people to know what was going to happen. We wanted it to feel like a big deal.
While AOS lost Lucy Lawless last night, the show will be bringing another new strong female character on board soon. A well established comic book favorite Bobbi Morse, aka the Mockingbird, played by Adrienne Palicki.
Her first appearance is in season two episode 5 entitled A Hen in the Wolf House, where she is, get this, the head of HYDRA security. Mockingbird is known for her deep cover super spy skills so the most likely story is that she went deep cover well before everything went to HYDRA in a Hand Basket, perhaps even inserted there by Nick Fury himself. If so, then her Mockingbird code name and assignment were probably in the “Toolbox” Fury gave Coulson in the season one finale.
I’m seeing a lot of comments about her hair not being blonde, but remember, in this picture she is undercover and could have changed her hair color. For all we really know, when she is back in the S.H.I.E.L.D. fold, she may be the blonde we all know Mockingbird to be.