Welcome to the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap for “Closure,” Season 3, Episode 9 (original airdate December 1, 2015), where Grant Ward's campaign for revenge brings the S.H.I.E.L.D. team to their knees, and Coulson proves he will do anything to settle the score.
Ward's Horrifying Strike
While Coulson and Rosalind enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at her apartment -- their first real date -- conversation turns to work. Rosalind wants to go back into the ATCU. Coulson thinks it's a risky play, given the recent revelation that Price's old colleague, industrialist Gideon Malick, has ties to Hydra. Since he's running the science division at ATCU, that obviously poses a problem. But their evening is interrupted in the most terrifying manner possible:
Coulson's phone rings. It’s Grant Ward. He pulled the trigger on Rosalind for revenge, but he’s now out to kill Coulson.
Coulson Goes All In
Coulson narrowly escapes a gang of Hydra thugs sent to Rosalind's apartment with Mack's help. And now, Coulson has decided to pursue one single goal with a fury we haven't yet seen from the director: Kill Ward. Coulson begins by grilling his team for details on Ward in hopes of uncovering a weakness in their common enemy. As Coulson prods Daisy for information about their most intimate encounters, he feels that Daisy is willing to overlook a lot about Ward. But Daisy sets him straight: She will never forgive Ward. Watch below:
Coulson is so bent on destroying Ward that he cedes his directorship because there are lines he's planning to cross that the director S.H.I.E.L.D. shouldn't. Mack reluctantly accepts the title of acting director.
Fitz and Simmons Kidnapped
Fitz and Simmons accompany the ATCU's Agent Banks to the Distant Star facility to see what they can learn about the portal to continue learning what Hydra wants with it and how they might be able rescue Will on the planet beyond the portal, which we learn is called Maveth. As they investigate, Banks suddenly fires on their armed support team, but Banks insists it's not him and that something is controlling him:
Mr. Giyera -- one of Hydra's most deadly Inhumans -- emerges from the shadows and makes it clear they're now under Gideon Malick's control. Because the brainy pair went through the portal and returned, he wants them to do the same for Hydra in their quest to bring back the evil creature that lies beyond the portal.
Coulson's Bold/Crazy Move
As Hydra's plan to bring back the being beyond the portal intensifies, Ward agrees to lead the team that is going through the portal after being prodded by Gideon Malick (Powers Boothe). He brings Fitz with him through the portal to help guide the team, leaving Simmons behind as insurance. Coulson, along with Bobbi and Hunter, hover above the castle in their aircraft -- until Coulson makes a bold move for the portal:
In the very end of the episode, Ward, Fitz, and the Hydra team make their way through a sandstorm on Maveth. Then suddenly, out of view from the Hydra team, Coulson comes barreling down and onto a steep sand dune. He tumbles over and and over until he comes to s sudden stop at the bottom, and cracks his head on a rock -- and it looks like he's out cold.
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How the heck is Coulson going to survive? Tell us your theories in the comments below! Tune in TUESDAY DEC 8 for Season 3, Episode 10, "Maveth" -- the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winter finale.
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