Before we get to the season recap next week, lets revisit all the character’s we’ve lost this year.
Agent Burrows, Agent Nathanson, Agent Prince and Agent Davis. We love you and we miss you.
Oh Dr. Lucy Bauer, how we totally forgot you existed. You were turned into a ghost by a science experiment gone wrong, you killed your poor husband Joseph in a quest to get the evil mystical tome The Darkhold, and then you were burned with the fires of Hell by Ghost Rider alongside your fellow ghost scientists Hugo, Frederick and Vincent. Your arch-nemesis Eli Morrow may possibly still be alive in a Hell dimension, but you are not.
The Life Model Decoys
We lost android doubles of Holden Radcliffe, Jemma Simmons, Leo Fitz, Phil Coulson, Jeffrey Mace, Alphonso Mackenzie, Aida (two of them), and small armies of Sergei Mishkin, Daisy Johnson, and Anton Ivanov bots. Props, however, goes to the decoy of Melinda May – the tragic story of android who thought she was real and still sacrificed herself to let Daisy and Simmons escape. Also the Simmons one that I thought was real and made me cry.
The Residents of the Framework
Sure, most of the residents of the digital alternate dimension The Framework that we met were already dead in real life. Hope Mackenzie, Grant Ward, Sunil Bakshi and Antoine Triplett were dead for years before they died in the Framework. It doesn’t make it hurt any less. (Especially Hope.) Weird shout-out to Fitz’s dad Alistair and girlfriend Simmons, who both died in the Framework but are still alive in real life.
Agnes, we hardly knew ye but you had the unfortunate fate of dying twice. Agnes was the Australian human inspiration for Aida, and was uploaded to the simulation world The Framework after being euthanized and freed of her terminal cancer. Her consciousness lived on digitally until Fitz shot her in cold blood, cementing his turn as a monstrous villain.
Senator Ellen Nadeer
You were a bad person, you (thought you) killed your brother, and then Nitro blew you up. Good riddance.
Agent Melinda May
It feels like forever ago, but May did in fact die during a defibrillator power outage at the start of the season. Of course, she were resurrected shortly after by Simmons and Radcliffe, but her death had lasting effects; namely, Aida was able to scan her brain and make an android replacement of her.
Director Jeffrey “The Patriot” Mace
He may have had a rocky start, taking a shady super-soldier serum and claiming he was an Inhuman, but he became a true hero. From the moment he chose to continue taking his serum after knowing it was killing him just to help those in need, he became a legend. S.H.I.E.L.D. has lost many great men and women in the line of duty, but not many could say they were crushed under rubble, sacrificing themselves to evacuate a school full of kids. Godspeed, Director.
Dr. Holden Radcliffe
Everyone’s favorite villain-turned-hero-turned-villain-turned-hero. Or does Ward hold that title? Either way, he deserved much better than he got. All Radcliffe ever wanted to do was make the world a better place. Instead, everything he ever loved was torn from him as he watched. Saving the team one last time, Radcliffe solemnly toasted to the messed-up world he created before he was wiped out with it.
Ophelia was the real-world demonic Inhuman flesh-and-blood manifestation of the Framework’s Madame Hydra, who was the alter-ego of AIDA 2.0, the corrupt android who replaced AIDA, a decoy based on Agnes Kitsworth. Still following me? Nothing could kill big bad Ophelia except Ghost Rider, and well… he did. (While possessing Coulson!) Some fantastic acting from Mallory Jansen, who played five or six characters, will be a sadly missing sore spot in the show.
And on a serious note, let us again honor Ron Glass, Powers Boothe and Bill Paxton, who all passed away during this season. The show wouldn’t be the same without them and they will be missed dearly. Rest in peace.