Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been off the air since the Season 5 finale way back in May, and the wait for Season 6 isn’t ending any time soon. Fans have had months to ponder how the show could possibly move on without Coulson, who left the team to live out his final days in the real Tahiti, with May at his side.
Details are still scarce about how much of a role he will (or will not) play in Season 6, but Quake/Daisy Johnson actress Chloe Bennet (who will have a new look) weighed in on how her character will deal with Coulson's absence:
In my mind, she has a bit more of a peace to her. There is obviously the mourning of Coulson, but she’s also been through it all and she is genuinely stronger from it. She is not dealing with things as she has in the past. She has fully accepted her trauma and is moving forward in the most healthy way, for the first time.
Coulson was the first family connection that Daisy really made on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and their adoptive father/daughter dynamic has added a lot of heart to the series over the years. Aside from May, Daisy is undoubtedly the character who would take Coulson’s death the hardest.
While few fans are probably 100% convinced that Coulson really will die (or at least really will be dead for the whole season), Chloe Bennet’s comments point toward a Daisy who has grown in how she deals with tragedies. She’s still traumatized, but maybe not emotionally crippled.
Chloe Bennet shared her thoughts on Daisy dealing with Coulson’s absence to TVLine while the cast was filming the penultimate episode of Season 6, and nobody on set reportedly talked about Coulson in the present tense. Either Coulson is really and truly gone by the second-to-last episode of the season or the entire cast was in on a conspiracy to conceal secrets as much as possible. Given that the most legendary droppers of MCU spoilers aren’t part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. cast, perhaps they really are keeping the secret!
Coulson will be found back in the MCU in 2019, although it’s not clear at this point whether he’ll be on S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg went on a blast from the past to play a younger version of Coulson for the upcoming Captain Marvel film, which hits theaters on March 8. S.H.I.E.L.D. also has a fairly long future ahead of it, with or without Gregg as Coulson. Despite low ratings, S.H.I.E.L.D.scored a renewal for Season 7 long before Season 6 even premiered.
No release date for Season 6 has been announced yet; all we know is that we can expect it at some point this summer. 2019 is going to be a big deal for the MCU, and there will be Marvel movies to keep fans occupied during the rest of hiatus. Perhaps you’ve heard of a little movie called Avengers: Endgame? There are also plenty of small screen options, although Marvel offerings are few and far between.