What did the 'Big Love' veteran now about John Garrett and when did he know it?
I wasn't exactly surprised when "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." sprung the big reveal last month that Bill Paxton's John Garrett turned out to be evil.
I mean... He's Bill Paxton. It's not that Bill Paxton is constantly playing evil characters or anything, but if you bring in an actor with Paxton's pedigree -- Four Golden Globe nominations, an Emmy nod and the credibility that comes from "Aliens," "Near Dark," etc -- you're not bringing him in to play the boring straight-arrow authority figure. So it was almost a relief when Garrett turned sneering villain and then it was genuinely interesting when, in last week's episode, the frequently rushed "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." took the time to do a flashback-heavy episode explained both Garrett's Hydra-loving origins and the conditions that might also have turned Brett Dalton's Ward.
When last we saw Garrett, we had discovered his Deathlok-y past -- so many reveals for one character -- and he was being injected with the potentially miraculous GH-325. The serum led to him announcing he'd seen The Universe.
But what the heck does that mean?
Presumably we're going to find out in this week's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." finale.
Last week, I got on the phone with Paxton and we discussed what it means for an actor to play "seeing The Universe" and the pleasures of getting to play a secret-keeping character and then go full-baddie.
Wait. Sorry. As with nearly every actor who plays a nefarious character, Paxton doesn't think Garrett is a villain.
Will the season finale back him up?
Click through for the Q&A and watch the finale on Tuesday night on ABC.