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It took her three full seasons, but Daisy (Chloe Bennet) is finally accepting her destiny and becoming her Marvel comics alter ego Quake on Agents of SHIELD.
After a six-month time jump, the ABC series will pick up with the former SHIELD agent on the run from the very organization that trained her and gave her a family. Everything that she went through while under Hive’s (Brett Dalton) sway and losing her boyfriend Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) have driven Daisy to out herself publicly as a powerful Inhuman that newspapers have dubbed “Quake.”
While viewers have watched Skye (as she was originally known) become Daisy over three seasons, and saw as she grappled with becoming an Inhuman, this is the first time that she is really leaning in to her superhero identity.
“I know the writers were particular about how they wanted to introduce her as Quake,” Bennet tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There was another point where they were going to do that earlier on this season but I love the way that they did [it] with the flash-forward and the newspaper articles. And I actually read those articles. Someone, I don’t know who, but they actually typed out all of the stories and they were actual articles written about Quake. That was really fun to see.”
Below, Bennet dives deep with THR into what becoming Quake means for Daisy moving forward, what viewers can expect to see from her in season four and more.
How did it feel finally taking on the iconic moniker of Quake in the season three finale flash-forward?
It was amazing. I love that it all stems from this hurt that she’s going through. It’s not necessarily her being this great superhero all of a sudden. She really becomes Quake because of the past she’s had and the loss she’s dealing with. It’s not perfect. That’s why Marvel resonates with so many people, the level of imperfection that these so-called superheroes have. She becomes Quake because she goes rogue, because every time she gets close to someone they die. Her mom tried to kill her and her dad had to kill her mom and her first boyfriend was like a Nazi — she’s had a rough go these past couple of years. Having her boyfriend Lincoln sacrifice himself for her when she was going to do it for him and die in that heroic, tragic way while talking to her, that was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Her way of protecting the people that she cares about is really by distancing herself from them and not letting anyone else get close to her. In her mind, that’s her way of showing love to the people she cares about.
How long will Daisy be rogue?
I don’t think it will last very long, but we’re on episode three and I’ve had some of the best days I’ve ever had shooting these scenes. I’m doing some of the most crazy stunts I’ve ever done. It’s laced with all this pain and resentment. She’s seeking penance for the loss that she feels responsible for.
How much has Daisy changed into Quake in the six-month time jump? Obviously she looks really different on the outside, but how has she changed on the inside?
She’s very closed off. She doesn’t want to have anything to lose, and that means not getting close to anyone. She thrives around people, so I think it’s going to be very hard for her. You’ll definitely see her trying her best to [go] rogue, but I don’t think that will last very long or who will come in her way and change things up for her.
How much of this change was fueled by Lincoln’s death? What other factors went into it?
I think if Lincoln were still around, he would have been able to convince her to stay. But that’s a good question. I think it was Lincoln’s death that really propelled her to leave. But after the six-month time gap, I don’t know what all happened in that time. I’ve made a fake story in my head of what happened, but I’d like to explore what really happened in the future, see how she left.
It would be awesome to get a flashback episode to catch up the audience on what happened in those six months.
Yeah, like actually see everything that happened for everyone. We have some good ideas. I think we should talk to the writers. (Laughs.) Let’s set up a call!
There was a lot of mystery surrounding Daisy’s motives in the flash-forward scene. Why is she using her powers out in the open, destroying banks, getting caught on camera? What is her ultimate goal?
If you paused the TV and really looked closely at what those articles are saying about what she was doing, yes there happened to be some damage, collapsed bridges or physical damage to different cities, but always, magically, no one gets hurt. Two people were saved or one person was saved. If you look closely, Daisy isn’t as much of a threat but more of some sort of vigilante. Anyone who knows this character knows how much empathy she has. She cares for people so deeply that it’s actually to her detriment. It’s her downfall. I think that’s also her most badass trait, how much she’s willing to sacrifice for other people and that doesn’t go away no matter how much eyeliner she wears. She still has a heart of gold and wants the best for people and wants to help. If that would ever go away, then I’m done with this show. (Laughs.) I’m leaving!
Now that she’s on her own without her SHIELD teammates, are we going to see her strength and independence evolve in new ways?
There’s a little bit of season one of Daisy that’s creeping in, especially in her choice of vehicles. It’s a throwback to season one. But the reason she’s so independent this season is for all the wrong reasons this time around, unfortunately. She’s trying really hard and I know her intentions are to do right by her team by distancing herself from them, but she’s actually hurting them and I don’t think she’s making the right decisions. Her independence is coming from a certain sadness and she’s running from something instead of being truly independent in this case. I’d like to see her resolve that.
What is Daisy’s personal journey going to be about this season?
It’s about her emotional resilience and figuring out how to come back after dealing with such incredible loss. Also dealing with having these incredible powers and figuring out what to do with them. It goes back to my favorite line from the series in the pilot, when Daisy says to Mike [J. August Richards], “With great power comes a lot of weird crap that you are not prepared to deal with.” That line has really carried through the entire show and especially this season for Daisy. She can do all these amazing things, but can she heal herself emotionally and move forward after all she’s been through? Can she find peace in this family she has as SHIELD? I’d like to see her find emotional stability this season. It probably won’t happen though.
Do you want to see Daisy get a new love interest or do you want her to stay on her own for a while?
I’d like to see her on her own for a while. I don’t think it would be right for her to be with someone else so early. But I want to see her find happiness. I’d love Coulson [Clark Gregg] to be happy. I just want an episode where they all like go to the movies and pick up some pizza from Costco on the way back and just hang out. I’d love a low-key chill episode where they just don’t do anything and they’re on a Netflix binge and Coulson doesn’t want to watch Stranger Things but Daisy does. I’d be really into a version of SHIELD where they’re all fighting over what to watch.
Like a day-in-the-life episode where you follow one character and nothing bad happens, but you just see them going about their day.
Yes! It’s funny you should say that because I’ve heard talks about something like that happening. (Laughs.) But that’s all I can say.
Agents of SHIELD returns for season four on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at its new time, 10 p.m., on ABC.
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