For the first time since Hydra's explosive coming out party, Agents of SHIELD is without a villain.
Hydra and Hive (Brett Dalton) left SHIELD looking worse than a high schooler's house when mom and dad are out of town. Someone had a hell of a good time bringing the place down, but, as Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Co. swept up the last of the smashed curios, viewers were left wondering which jock will put his fist through the wall next weekend.
If you have the answer, executive producer Jed Whedon and Jeph Loeb are all ears.
"We're having those conversations," Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. "They're going nowhere, but we're having them."
With Inhumans popping up left, right, and center, there's always a chance we could see another powered person take up the Ward's villainous mantel. A singular entity would be a bit too simple, however. Hydra was vast and seemingly interminable. Replacing that level of threat is a tall order.
"What we have is an extraordinary library," Loeb teased. "The idea is to be able to find out who that's going to be and make that person work within the story that we have."
For now, Coulson's team appears to have their hands full with Quake (Chloe Bennet). Daisy is a lone wolf once more, but this time she no hactivist. With Lincoln's final words still ringing in her ears, however, there is no way the former agent will succumb to the dark side.
"We know that she's on her own, we know that S.H.I.E.L.D. is going after her, and we also know that while being on her own, she's still doing good works," executive producer Maurissa Tancheron explained. "We still know at her core, even though she's riddled with guilt and she looks different, she still has Daisy's heart."
Who do you think should become the next SHIELD big bad? Find out more when Agents of SHIELD returns to ABC this fall.