Brett Dalton on what the future holds for Ward and other 'Agents of SHIELD'
One big point of "Turn, Turn, Turn" that some viewers might have missed was that Ward was the guardian of The Bus' backed-up hard drive with all the secret technology uncovered so far this season. When will readers get to see payoff from that? Are they going to get to see it at all?
I don't think I can answer any of that, other than -- Hey! You're right! He is in charge of this thing, and the writers don't forget about it. I think what they're so good at is that stuff happens and it's not forgotten about. We started our show on the heels of the Battle of New York that happened in "The Avengers," and it's not like New York is all put back together and it's fine. There are consequences for everything, so it's good that people are watching this close because, that did happen and it won't disappear.
As soon as the west coast feed of "Turn, Turn, Turn" ended last week, you changed your entire Twitter layout to reflect HYDRA, which was just great. You're very active on social media, live-tweeting puns during the show. How long did you have that changeover planned?
I sat with the big information they gave me for a couple of days, and I'd say about a week or two after, I thought, "Man this is a great opportunity. Man, this is great." I remember live-tweeting and thought, "Wouldn't it be cool if we did a fun little Twitter stunt where at the end of the episode, what would happen if we changed everything and then it went black?" Then, all I had to do -- Marvel has the best people. I just mentioned that and Samantha Thomas, a producer on the show, helped me with the whole thing and helped facilitate that.
It was a really cool thing. I've never done a Twitter stunt. I usually just hang out with the puns and I find that quite fun, and it's a relief that others do too! [Laughs] It's nice there are others out there who appreciate that, because when you say those things out loud, people just roll their eyes and ask you to leave the room.
When it actually happened, I was watching and I was seeing all the Tweets come in, and I laughed out loud when everyone said, "What? Oh my God! Nobody saw that coming!" But I was talking earlier about how personal feelings can come into it, a personal reaction could come into something like this. And everybody seemed to feel so betrayed that a lot of it came out as, "I can't believe that you did this! I feel so betrayed and I hate Grant Ward now. [Laughs] If you read enough of those, it's hard not to take those kind of personally. There were people who were just so shocked and believe in Agent Grant Ward so much, and SkyeWard -- they believed in this direction they thought it was going, that they were just outraged when it took a turn. But as it came out as a manifestation, there was a lot of the word "hate" in there, "I hate your profile pic, you have to change that, that's just rubbing salt in the wound!" stuff that came out afterward that I got to experience first hand.
But, we left them with some very big news at the end of the last episode. They've sat with that for a week now, so hopefully when they turn on their TV, they get a chance to maybe look at me in a different light this time around, because those tweets kind of hurt. [Laughs]
There's been a lot of theories online about Ward's allegiance following the last episode, with theories ranging from him being a double agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. to him being controlled by HYDRA via technology -- triple agent, quadruple agent. What's been your favorite explanation for Ward's betrayal so far?
I think the triple agent thing is the one that I heard that I thought was quite funny. Of course, the quadruple agent -- I literally can't wrap my head around that. I don't know what that means. I guess, I was actually working for HYDRA while actually working for S.H.I.E.L.D. while actually working for HYDRA or something, some crazy -- it becomes so meta at some point that the whole idea of a quadruple agent just seems like a brain teaser, but I do think it's quite funny.
You would be the "Inception" of the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." characters.
That's exactly what it is! It's like "Inception," or it's like one of those magazine covers where you have two people and they're holding that magazine, and on that magazine cover is the same cover of the magazine. It's a whole bunch of images reflected.
I know you have a great singing voice -- you did a great rendition of "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman" for Chris Lowell's "Beside Still Waters" Kickstarter drive. Any chance we'll see you use some of those musical skills on S.H.I.E.L.D."? I hear there's an upcoming episode with a cellist.
[Laughs] Buddy, I wish. I really wish. Maybe there'll just be a tag where it's just Ward and Garrett dressed like the guys from "Clockwork Orange" just singing in the rain or something like that and doing their own fun rendition of it. Or Karaoke night at HYDRA. That would also be fun. [Laughs]
I'm very flattered that you watched that and it's a fun thing that I hope I get to do in the future. But it would be cool, right? We already have "S" in the title -- we could just make it Singing Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division, call it day and have a musical episode. I'll get right on that!
Wrapping up, as the season heads to its conclusion, is there something you want to communicate to viewers to specifically keep their eye on?
SkyeWard is not dead, for all the shippers. Also, I'm really proud of the last couple episodes we've got -- and I don't think fans will be disappointed.
"Providence," the latest episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." airs tonight at 9:00pm on ABC.
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