Skye looked up from her tablet at Grant, who was sitting next to her on the bed, reading. It wasn’t something they did much these days, just sitting and doing very little. Grant was always one to be active, doing things. And it wasn’t as if they had a lot of down time to work with these days.
But they had a little. And so Skye was playing Candy Crush and Grant was reading. Still not a popular fiction, but at least it was’t one of the books Garret had told him to read. And The Count of Monte Cristo was actualy pretty good. She’d listened to it on audiobook once. A little hard to follow in places, but good. very fun, Dantes getting his revenge in such perfect ways. Totally not how things should work in the real world, but in fiction…
“You’re going to have to be more specific than that, Grant.”
“Lying to everyone, about me. About what I was.” Grant said. “If I get found out, if they figure out that a lot of the ‘insights’ youre getting are just me telling you what I know about Hydra. If Coulson finds out that you knew-”
Skye reached over and placed a hand over his lips, silenceing him.
“And if we tell Coulson, he puts you in a cell. Or worse. I’m not letting that happen to you.”
“And I’m not letting anything happen to you because you’re lying for me.” Grant replied back, keeping his voice low. They couldn’t exacty yell about this on base.
“I can handle whatever Coulson is likely to do to me. But I’m not lettin him ruin your second chance. You deserve this. You earned it, turning on Garret after everything he did to you. For you. However you want to put it. If we tell Coulson, he’s not going to care that you’ve changed. He’s just going hear ‘Hydra’ and ignore the rest. But I know you. The real you. Your past doesn’t define you, Grant.”
In light of the recent horrifying Cap twist, I have seen far too many “stop saying they made him a nazi, HYDRA aren’t nazis!!!11!1″ so I thought I would bring back this scene to remind everyone that yes they are
You know, it’s weird to know that I’ve been expecting this to happen for a year. The second they aired the tag for the season 2 finale, it was obvious: Season 3 would be Brett Dalton’s last season of Agents of SHIELD. After they killed Ward in the midseason, only to bring him back as Hive, that seemed even more likely. So…
I’m not sure how to put this into words…
Brett Dalton is a better actor than most fandoms ever get to experience. Brett put up with a lot, from being called a boring, stiff actor in early season 1 (which happens, it’s acting, that’s kid stuff, comparatively), to receiving death threats and calls to kill himself, alongside comments about his family, after the HYDRA reveal. He has, time and time again, shown himself to be a kind, inviting person, who never let the extreme amounts of disgusting behaviour sent his way show in his interactions on social media, or at cons.
Brett Dalton has time and time again supported his fan bases - every single group of shippers (and I know ones from all corners who can name a moment he backed their ship), every single Agent Ward fan, every single HYDRA Ward fan, every single Hive fan. He’s done it with grace, and kindness, and, as often as possible, puns. He has interacted with so many in such huge, positive ways, and impacted so many lives of people in this fandom.
He brought people together, and, in part, yes, that was the show for introducing him, but that was also Brett, and what he brought to the table, and what he brought to the character.
Love or hate Grant Ward, or Hive, Brett Dalton was a gift to the Agents of SHIELD fandom.
So, thanks, Brett, for every moment, on-screen and off, from the day the Pilot began filming in February 2013, to the moment the season 3 Finale concluded, today.