Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. 100th episode serves as love letter to the followers

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Marvel’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to hit what has now turn into a uncommon milestone, reaching 100 episodes, making it the primary Marvel TV property to hit that landmark.

Friday’s present options Coulson (Clark Gregg) lastly revealing the mysterious deal he made with Ghost Rider final season, which may have a huge effect on the workforce. As viewers found whereas the workforce was nonetheless sooner or later, Coulson is outwardly dying, and the one solution to save the world from being destroyed is to let him perish, which actually gained’t be simple for the workforce — or for followers of the ABC tremendous collection, resulting in some meta moments within the milestone hour.

“In many ways, it’s a love letter to our fans who have stayed with us through five seasons,” says govt producer and head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb, “and offers out various secrets and techniques that perhaps even they haven’t thought have been secrets and techniques, and strikes the story forward in a method that’s fairly exceptional. However greater than anything, it’s actually a celebration of the household that’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D.

A part of that love letter means Easter eggs galore for keen-eyed viewers, but additionally the return of various acquainted faces, like Hive and Lash, amongst others. “When we started talking about what a 100th episode should be, we felt it should tip its hand to the past,” govt producer Jeffrey Bell says. “It should have a couple holy sh– shocking moments, and it should point the needle in some new and surprising direction.”

That new path is the reality about Coulson’s destiny being revealed to the workforce, which ends up in a really emotional journey throughout Friday’s episode — and likewise whereas the solid was truly filming it. “One of the things that’s fun about putting all of our characters in a room with an emotional scene is when you’re shooting the 100th episode, there’s a sense all of a sudden of, ‘Oh wow, we’ve known each other for five years, we’ve been on a long journey together,’” govt producer Jed Whedon says. “You don’t really think about that up until there’s a moment like that to reflect, because you’re just constantly churning them out and it’s nonstop. The scenes that were emotional felt more emotional and it was a great week in terms of all of us getting together and feeling like, ‘Oh, this has more meaning than just what we’re putting on film.’”

The information that Coulson is outwardly dying brings the present full circle again to its origins. The entire collection was predicated on Coulson inexplicably being alive following the occasions of Marvel’s The Avengers, throughout which he died after he was brutally stabbed via the guts by Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Suffice it to say, no matter deal Coulson has made with Ghost Rider may have excessive penalties. “Moving forward, nothing in the series will be the same — for both good and bad reasons,” Chloe Bennet says of the 100th. “It’s S.H.I.E.L.D., so we’re going to tug in your heartstrings and make you cry. After which we’ll tug in your heartstrings and we’ll make you cry, and I do know that’s going to be exhausting to place in print, however to make clear for the individuals studying this on-line, I stated them in another way as a result of one in every of them is a pleasant cry, and one in every of them is a imply cry.”

Whedon concurs: “It’s an emotional episode and it was emotional making it. We set out to try to make something that would be game-changing for the season and for the show, but also a reward for the fans who had watched everything, and I think that we struck a nice balance and we’re proud of that aspect of it.”

The information of Coulson’s destiny will make a very robust influence on Bennet’s Daisy, whom Coulson simply iced and introduced again from the longer term, although she is rumored to be the reason for the top of the world. “The reason Coulson and Daisy have always had such a strong bond [is] because they’re so similar in the way that they care and love for the people around them,” Bennet says. “Sometimes that means force, and that’s something that them as agents and as pseudo-family members, which is when you care about something or someone, it’s an extreme version of that care. I think they’re both willing to do whatever it takes to protect that person, whether it’s against that person’s will.”

However which may be precisely what causes the top of the world. As a future model of Yo-Yo (Natalia Cordova-Buckley) instructed her previous self, Coulson is dying and the important thing to stopping the destruction of Earth is not saving him — although the workforce doesn’t know that but. “Yo-Yo’s in a terrible position,” Whedon says. “She’s the only person with any knowledge of what could change this future, and it’s basically that you have to let Coulson go. That’s going to create some tension within the team.”

Although Yo-Yo’s portrayer Cordova-Buckley cautions that the 100th episode will “melt your hearts” and that followers will “cry your eyes out,” Friday’s hour just isn’t all doom and gloom. Gregg beforehand instructed EW that the landmark episode would come with a significant second for a fan-favorite couple. Although the actor wouldn’t say which, many followers have theorized that the episode may characteristic the long-awaited union of Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), who bought engaged earlier this season. “I’m a huge FitzSimmons shipper, so I have always been gunning for it,” Henstridge says of a possible wedding ceremony within the 100th. “It just depends whether we could persuade Iain to be romantic or not, I don’t know.”

So what does her onscreen fiancé suppose? “I don’t know if they’ll ever really do that,” de Caestecker says. “Then again, I suppose I said they would never get engaged. I always thought that was something you’d see after.”

Different followers, nevertheless, hope the ship is definitely Philinda, a.ok.a Coulson and Melinda Could (Ming-Na Wen). In spite of everything, with Coulson apparently dying, that would push them to lastly act on their emotions for each other. “We will have to see,” Wen says coyly. “I’m all the time grateful for the Philinda followers, and I don’t suppose the writers ever not hearken to them, and I actually suppose they may do one thing with the Philinda storyline.”

Marvel’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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