Lucy Lawless on that shocking finale in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s S2 premiere

It’s been a long wait this summer, but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returned last night with a solid premiere. It also included a few (very big) surprises.

Spoilers ahead for Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s season-two premiere!

As we saw last night, things did not go very well for Lucy Lawless’ agent Isabelle Hartley following her introduction to Coulson’s team. First she grabs a weird-looking 0-8-4 that charbroils her hand (leading a fellow agent to cut it off), and then her SUV is flipped by the Absorbing Man (Brian Patrick Wade) and she’s basically left for dead in the middle of the street. Ouch.

But this is the Marvel universe we’re talking about, and Coulson (Clark Gregg) himself is a pretty good example that (seemingly) dead doesn’t always have to mean gone. In a post-show interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lawless played coy, teasing that “all things are possible,” “there are no absolutes” and “every boundary is bendable” when it comes to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Considering the genre cachet Lawless brought to the table, it was a surprising move to knock her off so quickly — and honestly, it worked effectively to set the stakes for the new-look, low-fi S.H.I.E.L.D. we’ll see under Coulson’s regime. Judging by Lawless’ comments, it sounds like she was brought in almost like a featured guest star for the premiere. But she seems game to return, so who knows what the future holds:

“There was no time. I was on the way to New Zealand and they called up and asked if I wanted to do it. I said absolutely. I drove to the studio the next day, and then you're on. There is no catching up. Everybody was on the fly. It was one of those serendipitous, wonderful occasions.

I had to burn this tarot card on my hand and could not cry. I could not speak about it (laughs). I knew I was in the fold after that. You sign nondisclosure things, you can't say boo. And who'd want to? It spoils the surprise for everybody … I’m very good at keeping secrets generally. It's like if you work at a bank, you don't want to talk about your banking. It's your day job so it's not particularly interesting to tell secrets. But this was unparalleled for me. I have never worked on something that was so stringent about what you can and can't say. I was collected once by the Collector on The Simpsons so I know how rabid those comic fans are.”

We really enjoyed Lawless’ character, so here’s hoping Joss Whedon and company will find a way to work her back into the fold down the line. Who knows, perhaps that mysterious 0-8-4 did more to Hartley than just scorch her hand? What do you think? Did you enjoy the premiere?

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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