‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ EPs On Latest Death & Debut Of Fitz’s Father

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. 416Last night’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was definitely a massive one as we lost one of our agents who sacrificed themselves inside the Framework, hence dying in the real world too. It was Jeffrey Mace a.k.a. The Patriot, who made the heroic sacrifice as he used his powers to keep a crumbling building up long enough for everyone to get out before falling down with it.

In a post-mortem interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Jed Whedon spoke about his death by making it clear that Mace is 100% and how the Agents of Hydra storyline raises the stakes more than ever.

“This season is proof that death is, at times, fleeting on our show, but he is really dead. One of the things [we decided] from the very beginning in talking about doing some version of an alternate world was the stakes had to be real, so our decision to make it a virtual world came with great bonuses but also came with the challenge of, ‘How do you still make the stakes high?’ In order to make it life or death, we felt like we needed some death.”

Whedon as well as his wife Maurissa Tancharoen, who is also the show-runner on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., talked about the debut of Leo Fitz’s father, played by The Tudors star David O’Hara, as we saw him by his son’s side in last night’s episode. They both spoke about how Fitz’s father in this world helped shape Fitz to become the man that he is today in the Framework.

“JED WHEDON: Seeing his father is one of the great moments of the season. It’s an illustration of how much one little change can affect your life and answers the question of, ‘Why is Fitz this way?’ We will see him again.”

“MAURISSA TANCHAROEN: It’s very clear how Fitz, in reality, has been shaped by his father’s absence. It’s very clear as to why his father’s presence, or lack thereof, led to a lot of decisions that Fitz made in his life, his personal life, and his personality.”

“Daisy finds herself teamed up with an unlikely partner. Meanwhile, Aida prepares to put her ultimate end game into effect, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, APRIL 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe.

Guest starring are Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Mallory Jansen as Madame Hydra/Aida, Jordan Rivera as Hope Mackenzie, David Weiss as serious man, Patrick Cavanaugh as Burrows, Zach McGowan as The Superior, David O’Hara as Alistair, Ben Cain as Hydra agent, Andy Comeau as Hydra doctor and Kavita Patil as Mrs. Lee.

“All the Madame’s Men” was written by James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver and directed by Billy Gierhart.”

Make sure to check out our roundtable interviews with the cast and producers of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. at this year’s WonderCon:

Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Agents of Hydra airs on Tuesday nights at 10/9c on ABC. Make sure to check back at Heroic Hollywood after every single episode of Season 4 for our weekly reviews.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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