Why is Agent Coulson special?
In episode 14 (“T.A.H.I.T.I.”) Coulson discovers some shocking truths about his miraculous recovery from death at the hands of Loki in The Avengers. He should have died and he wanted to, but Fury made sure that he didn’t. Coulson learns that he was injected with the GH 325 serum, taken from an unidentified blue alien, and that his memories were altered to turn what was essentially torture, into a nice vacation at a “magical place.”
Nick Fury moved “Heaven and Earth” to keep Coulson alive, special treatment that according to S.H.I.E.L.D. officer Victoria Hand, no ordinary officer in S.H.I.E.L.D. would receive. Drawing from comic stories for theories and hints from the writers, cast and executives behind the show, there was something epic and mysterious about Coulson’s return to life
Note: Coulson is an Avenger according to Nick Fury
While Coulson is the lead of the series, the character the audience is meant to latch onto is Skye, the young outsider who had to earn her spot on the team from the get-go. She’s a hacker with a good heart who happens to have a mysterious and dark past. She also took a few bullets to the chest in episode 12 (“T.R.A.C.K.S.”) and nearly died until, like Coulson and Garrett, she had a dose of Kree GH 325 Koolaid and made a speedy recovery. For her recovery however, there were no negative side effects. She’s not crazy or dangerous, nor is she scribbling on the walls with a knife. Why?
In episode 12 (“Seeds”) we learned that when Skye was a baby, many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents died trying to protect her and that she was classified by the organization as a 0-8-4 (an object of unknown origin). Skye’s not human and her no-consequence recovery from using the GH 425 had Fitz and Simmons secretly researching her seemingly normal DNA for a while.
The additional hint we learn in the first season’s final episodes is that Skye’s unidentified parents were the “monsters” responsible for the deaths of the agents in the Chinese village where she was recovered as a baby.
What is Nick Fury doing now?
The finale finds a smart way to bring Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) into the fold after he dropped his trench coat and eye patch at the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier to go dark, working on his own while everyone believes him to be dead. The last we heard from him, he was headed to Europe to do something but we don’t know what that is.
The future of Grant Ward
Ex-Agent Ward, unable to speak by the end of the season 1 finale after a generous beat down from May, is now detained. We don’t know what authorities are responsible for his imprisonment but he’s alive and certainly not forgotten. If Ward returns in season 2, and we expect him to, how much of a role will he play?
We can safely say he’ll never be a part of Coulson’s “family” again, not after murdering so many soldiers and jeopardizing the lives of Fitz and Simmons, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see him cross paths with the team again. The finale made a point of emphasizing that Ward was never truly Hydra, nor did he care for their beliefs, but without his mentor (Garrett) to give him missions. Ward has no purpose or goals. He can only hope to redeem himself somehow, as impossible as that might be.