When last we saw our intrepid Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. team, things weren't looking so good for a few of our faves. Namely, Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Fitz (Iain de Caestecker), who, along with Robbie (Gabriel Luna), had straight-up vanished after Robbie's evil Uncle Eli successfully used the Darkhold to give himself the otherworldly ability to create matter out of thin air.
So, where exactly are our heroes? All will be revealed in tonight's new episode, but until then, star Chloe Bennet is offering up one particularly interesting theory.
"Well, they all died. They're dead. They all moved on," she told E! News, joking. (We hope!) "No, it's S.H.I.E.L.D. This is what it's here for. It's going to bring you up on this roller coaster ride. I know everyone deep down loves it or they wouldn't watch the show. It's one of the more interesting episodes we've ever shot, we've ever had on the show. Technically, in terms of behind the scenes, it was one of the more difficult to shoot. I think you'll understand that when you see this upcoming episode."
So, how big is the threat to the lives of the three vanished? "I think there's always a big threat on S.H.I.E.L.D. But I mean, I already told you, like I said, they're all dead. So, everyone, get the tissues out," she laughed before getting serious. "No, I think you'll see it's a very interesting episode. That's all I can say in terms of spoilers, but it's Robbie, Coulson, and Fitz. Those are some heavy hitters in terms of our show, so I think you're going to be OK."
At least, that's what Bennet admits her character Daisy is telling herself as she faces the challenge of getting the guys back. "I think there's definitely a lot of panic around here, but her head space is, 'No, they're coming back. We'll find them.' After all the loss that she's experienced the last couple of years, I think there's not even room to have this thought enter her head," she said. "So, it's really just about how we find them, where are they. There's no option for them to not be alive and OK by the end of this."
Could these dire straits be the thing that finally brings Daisy back into the fold for good? "She's not just back at S.H.I.E.L.D. and everything's fine. It's a really deep-rooted issue and I don't think it's gonna go away for a very long time. But I think S.H.I.E.L.D. does have its way—more than S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson has his way of kind of keeping her close," Bennet admitted. "First and foremost, she's there to help people. She has such a big heart and I think that may ultimately be what brings her back around."
From the looks of things, they're going to need her. Not only is Uncle Eli and his Darkhold-assisted ability to be reckoned with, but the Watchdogs continue to be a looming threat and Radcliffe's (John Hannah) Life Model Decoys are out there, just on the horizon. And it's the LMDs that have Bennet the most excited.
"That's one of my favorite storylines of the season because it just feels really relevant. It feels very 2016 to have these Life Model Decoy android threats. And there's a lot of room to play when you can make robots that look and basically are ultimately unidentifiable as being robots," she told us. "I think we can all assume it doesn't always go perfect with robots who pass as humans. And I think that might be where we end up going towards in the future, but who knows? I do. But I can't tell you."
We can't wait to find out.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.