Brett’s description of Ward-
Dalton teases “a different kind of action,” in that “I’m not riding motorcycles and punching everybody every episode. But I’m still moving things forward. As we can see, this guy has a skill set that’s insane. He’s the biggest Swiss Army knife in the world, so we’re seeing him do things a lot.” X
-is just so accurate. I was just thinking recently how Ward as a character, the reason he’s been able to pull off this lone ranger/no alliance routine all season, is the most dynamic.
What I mean by that is that Ward had the widest array of skills and abilities in the series. Like May is the best combatant, but Ward is almost on par with her (compared to everyone else we’ve seen May fight, he came the closest to beating her.)
Ward’s the best at espionage since Romanoff according to Maria Hill and easily sees through Bobbi’s disguise despite having never met her before and Bobbi’s skills being established as great at deception. And that’s not even getting into how he tricked a lie machine that tested 96 variable and was made so Natasha couldn’t beat it.
He’s not a genius like Fitzsimmons, but he displays an incredible ability to plan ahead, observe, and altogether be shown to be highly intelligent.
He’s probably the best marksman in the entire series- he told Trip that he made a shot from over 2000 yards, that’s would make him one of the top five long distance shooters in the real world (look up longest sniper shots if you’re curious.)
He has so much knowledge of bombs/ammunitions that Fitz even calls him for advice on Akela’s eye bomb.
We know he has incredible survival skills through his time in the Wyoming woods. We know he has a high pain tolerance to the point of not reacting to dislocating his own thumb. We know he can speak 6 languages. We know he’s a certified and accomplished pilot. We know he’s really good at reading people. We know he’s a master at escaping- from slipping his handcuffs in 2x06 to evading SHIELD in 2x07 to easily slipping his bonds in 2x10. I’m probably even forgetting some of his skills to be honest.
No one else on the show even begins to have this many skills in this many areas- and that’s not even getting into the fact that he’s 31, like 20 years younger than May/Coulson. It’s just mind-blowing if you think about it.