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Spoilers for the Season 4 finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are contained in this article. You've been warned.
There were some big changes on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season finale last month. The team went through a major shake-up, with Coulson no longer the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., but maybe the biggest surprise is that Dasiy is now on the run, being hunted by S.H.I.E.L.D., and she's apparently all goth now. Based on some newspaper clippings briefly glimpsed in the finale, Daisy has gone full Quake and is acting as a vigilante independent of the official group. Considering Daisy used to view S.H.I.E.L.D. as her only family, this is a pretty big change for the Agent Formerly Known as Skye. It seems these changes were inspired by the death of her Inhuman boyfriend Lincoln, who sacrificed himself to kill Hive (A.K.A. SquidWard). Just like every other superhero, the death of her loved one will be a major motivator for Daisy.
Chloe Bennet, who plays Daisy on the show, was asked how Daisy will be different on Season 4, and the actress elaborated that Daisy is in a lot of pain, and won't be feeling quite as sunny as her namesake for awhile. Here's what she told Entertainment Weekly:
I think it makes her more ruthless being so close to what she thought was her own death. And then it happening in one of the worst scenarios she could ever think of, which is the person that she loved doing it for her, I think it changes her in a way where she probably will face life with even more ruthlessness. Also, there's a sense of sadness that was there that I tried to make apparent at the end of the episode.
To elaborate, Daisy had a vision of the future that someone on the team would die. She became convinced that it would be her, but she as she was ready to sacrifice herself, Lincoln stepped in for her. Having come to terms with her own death, only to have her boyfriend die instead, would throw anyone off their game. It seems the whole experience will give Daisy a rough edge. How ruthless she'll be and what that exactly means are still unknown, but it can't be good considering she can literally shake the Earth with her mind. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be darker next season, which fits this new ruthless Daisy.
It makes sense in context that Daisy would be hurting due to Lincoln's death, but arguably one of the biggest faults of Season 3 was that it didn't sell the two of them as a couple, or Lincoln as a character. Maybe it was just me, but I never felt attached to Lincoln at all. Plus, their relationship didn't really have enough of a focus for us to care too much. That said, Lincoln's death was well handled, so we'll see how it personally affects Daisy in the fall.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return next season in its new later time slot at 10 P.M. on Tuesday's on ABC. In the meantime, check out everything premiering in the next few months with our summer TV schedule.