I wonder if something Fitzsimmons could work on this season is the more subtle challenges of their bond.
For Jemma I think it’s being able to push Fitz/call him out emotionally. One of the things I found really strange last season was how over the top submissive Jemma was in regards to Fitz’s feelings, even going so far as to be constantly giving him an out of saving a man’s life.
She doesn’t push him, like ever. Even in season 2 she never once defended herself. She never once stopped him and said “hey here’s how it is, here is what happened, please hear my side.” She let’s him step all over her if he wants too but, thankfully, Fitz doesn’t want to do that. It’s almost as if she’s afraid to ask anything of him, or to challenge him. Sure she’ll call him out on lying to her about Daisy, and that’s great. But when it comes down to actually making him do something or change the way he’s seeing a situation, she still remains incredibly passive. When Fitz lied to her, she didn’t say “hey stop lying” she said to herself “well I guess he sees me differently now and there’s nothing I can do about it.”
Fitz is, I think, a little more balanced in this aspect. He really does seem to be able to at the very least put what he’s feeling out there. “Why did you leave me?” “Do you love him?” “He’s better than me”. And he’s actually pretty OK at calling Jemma out when he thinks she’s doing something wrong.
His biggest issue, I still think and I have seen a lot of people talk about, is how he puts himself before Jemma. He doesn’t seem to understand the effect it has on her when he does it. It’s almost as if he’s unable to put himself in her shoes and see just how much these stunts scare her. I wonder if a part of this is that he doesn’t seem himself as being as worthy or important as she is or (this might be going out on a limb) he doesn’t understand that she loves him as much as he loves her. Not consciously of course and not with any sense of superiority about his love vs. hers, it really seems to be all about self worth. Like if they were a chess game he sees her as the king and himself as a pawn. Which is good for chess, but I’m guessing not so good for a relationship.
Bonus points if they go into how these things fit into their overall personalities. How Fitz generally struggles with self confidence and how Jemma generally shrinks her own feelings and needs in favor of others. She’s stuck on seeing the big picture, and doesn’t look in, and he’s stuck in and can’t see the big picture.
I think it’d be super interesting to have them play with these aspects of their character in the context of their relationship in order to strengthen their bond and just in general for their individual growth.