We have had some time to rest after the crazy and emotional finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s fifth season, so in the tradition I started last year, let’s take a look at all the characters we lost.
If you are unaware, our heroes traveled to the future this season. Upon traveling back, they ended up changing the timeline, meaning these future events may happen differently or not at all. For the sake of working our brains around this, I have split the deaths into two timelines, starting with more minor deaths before really addressing the MVPs. I can’t promise it won’t still be confusing.
Alternate Future (Erased Timeline)
Virgil – Virgil was the first friendly face we met in the future, and he was taken from us too soon by a Vrellnexian alien.
Tess – Tess was murdered for aiding Inhuman escapee Flint. She was eventually resurrected by the Kree overlord Kasius as part of a cruel torture process.
Grill – On the Lighthouse, most of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are assigned to salvaging duty under their cruel boss Grill and his right-hand man Zev. Zev is framed for illegal operations and is sent to the remains of Earth to be sacrificed, while Grill is killed by the young Inhuman Flint.
Mr. Shaw and Mrs. Fitz – Owen Shaw and his wife – the daughter of Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons – are both presumed dead by the time we meet up with their son Deke Shaw in 2091. Only later do we discover Owen is alive – before he is betrayed and killed by his best friend Sam Voss.
The Entire Main Cast – Though Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez was eventually resurrected by Kasius, we are led to believe that none of the main cast were among the few humans survived to 2091 – that also includes Phil Coulson, Melinda May, Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie, Leopold Fitz, Jemma Simmons, and Daisy Johnson.
Countless Other Casualties – Humans, Kree, Vrellnexians, you name it. The vast majority of the world was destroyed, but you in particular shall not be forgotten: Ben, Faulnak, Maston-Dar, Zev, Vicar, Tye, Polly and Hek-Sel.
Sinara, right-hand woman to the Kree overlord Kasius, was a woman of few words. She was the weak lord’s muscle, using levitating silver orbs to crush her opponents to death. She was eventually impaled by Daisy Johnson in a low-gravity duel.
With nothing left to lose, Kasius took Odium – a fatal rage-inducing drug – and tried to fight S.H.I.E.L.D. in a last stand. He was deafened by Simmons, then stabbed through the back Coulson-style with Mack’s shotgun-ax.
Robin Hinton, “The Seer”, was stabbed to death at a ripe old age by the traitor to the True Believers, Sam Voss. She died in the arms of May, her foster mom. Luckily, in the new timeline, her real mother Polly Hinton is not dead and Robin is a happy (if not confused) child learning to control her Inhuman abilities.
Enoch, the 32000-year-old sentient Chronicom alien robot, gave up his long life to send the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents back to the present day. This was a good decision on his part, as the new timeline he created doesn’t require his sacrifice any longer. Fingers crossed for Enoch in Season 6!
Present Day (New Timeline)
Qovas – The evil Remorath alien whose grand entrance was only slightly overshadowed by the arrival of Thanos, smart enough to blow up his own ship with his own missiles. What a guy.
The Victims of Gravitonium – Countless people were brutally crushed to death or absorbed by the unstable element – most notably Franklin Hall, Ian Quinn, General Hale, Carl Creel, Werner von Strucker and the alien Confederate leader Crixon.
Redshirts – Not only did we lose Hale’s subordinates Lucas and Evans, we lost some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents too. Who can forget agents Kim, Thomas and Wahl?
The Destroyer of Worlds – sort of. Guest star Dove Cameron’s acting was a high point for the season, surprising many. Brutally cutting off Yo-Yo’s arms in her first appearance, Yo-Yo got her revenge by nearly decapitating Ruby in her mother’s arms. Savage.
Let us all remember the tragic story of Glenn Talbot, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s lamest enemy turned funniest ally turned their greatest enemy. After struggling with cognitive function after being rendered comatose by a rogue Life-Model Decoy android, Talbot was brainwashed by the last stragglers of HYDRA. All he ever wanted to do was the right thing, and truly believed he was doing just that when he infused himself with Gravitonium, becoming the misguided supervillain Graviton. He thought he was a hero and did it all for his son, and now he is freezing in the blackness of space after Quake infused herself with Centipede serum and blasted him through the atmosphere.
Tortured, lovable Fitz is everyone’s favorite character, and it made his absolutely heartbreaking death scene the most painful thing to watch in the whole MCU. Caught under the rubble of a collapsing building during Quake and Graviton’s final fight, the concussed Fitz repeatedly tells Mack and May that he can’t feel his legs – not knowing he has been nearly bisected by large sheet of corrugated steel. They comfort the dying scientist, before the usually stoic pair break down in tears and leave to tell his brand new wife Jemma Simmons the awful news.
Luckily, the Leo Fitz who cryogenically froze himself with Enoch to save the team in the future no longer needs to save the team in the future – if the team can find him, they can have Fitz back (even if this version of Fitz never got married or experienced almost the entire fifth season).
The figurehead of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – say it ain’t so! Coulson has known he was dying since he made a deal with the devil (well, technically, Ghost Rider’s Spirit of Vengeance) last season. He has gotten progressively worse over the course of the season, even needing resuscitation on a few occasions. He passed his Director title to Daisy (who in turn passed it to Mack) and gave up his last chance of survival to break the time-loop, changing the timeline and saving the world. Coulson retired from S.H.I.E.L.D. and will be spending his final days in Tahiti (the real one) with his lover, May.
Granted, we didn’t see a body and there is always a chance that we will see Coulson again, but I think this is the beautiful ending for our former Director. Truly the end of an era. Godspeed, Director.