'Agents of SHIELD' Stars and Creators Tackle Week 2 Mysteries

Plus, Clark Gregg shares his thoughts on stepping behind the 'SHIELD' camera
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[Warning: Spoilers ahead for this week's episode of Agents of SHIELD, "Heavy is the Head."]

Another episode, another mystery (or three).

Absorbing Man (Brian Patrick Wade) is on ice, the Obelisk is missing, and director Coulson (Clark Gregg) is still really into  wall art. Yes, there are many questions after this week's episode. Luckily, the cast and creative team behind Agents of SHIELD held a press screening last week and answered some of them. 

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"It's all connected," Marvel's Head of TV Jeph Loeb said — multiple times throughout the evening — referring not only to the first two episodes' dangling threats, but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe at large and the possibility of more movie characters popping up in the show.

But predictably, the cast and creators were mum on many of the burning questions, simply asking for patience. 

The latest episode really ups the game for Fitz's (Iain De Caestecker) new mental state courtesy of his season finale "drowning." He and Mack (Henry Simmons) are poised to be the show's new odd couple (move over Simmons), with Mack being the only person who treats him like a normal human being.

Following the screening, Caestecker said he and the team studied what happens to people who are deprived of oxygen.

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"A lot of the work was done for me beforehand. I had a chat with the writers and they'd done a lot of research for me, and I'd done a bit as well," said De Caestecker. "It's something that has really affected people in real life, so I feel a responsibility toward it."

As for the Coulson, there's no word on what to make of those strange drawings he is back at scratching onto the walls. But Gregg did answer one mystery — would the new SHIELD director like to step behind the camera and do some real-life directing for the show?

Not anytime soon.

"I love to write. I love to direct. I have my hands more than full rebuilding SHIELD — and getting the George Foreman grill to work. I marvel at what these creators do. They are prepping for two weeks while I'm doing the episode before. Maybe someday [in an episode] when I'm cryogenically frozen." 

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Oct. 1, 7:55 p.m. An earlier version misidentified a character. THR regrets the error.