To hear Chloe Bennet tell it, tonight’s episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 8/7) — which is titled “T.R.A.C.K.S.” and is set largely on a train — could arrive at an extremely interesting destination.
“This next episode is my favorite so far of the entire season,” the actress enthuses to TVLine. “Like, I couldn’t stop reading it. This one stands out to me as one that’s really, really fast-moving.” (High-speed train pun likely not intended.)
Of course, for Bennet the stakes are higher than ever, now that a big bombshell has been revealed about Skye’s origins: Years ago, many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents died trying to protect her as a newborn, seeing as she is an 0-8-4 — a subject of unknown origin — and thus could very well boast powers of one kind or another.
Reflecting on that reveal, which she first learned of when reading the “Seeds” script for the first time, Bennet says, “I’ve been in the dark as much as everyone, so I was just shocked. When I got to the end of the script, it was crazy, like, ‘Whaaaat?!'”
“Hearing that I might be an alien or an Asgardian or have powers…. It’s limitless what I could be,” she continues, eyes wide open with anticipation, “and that is so exciting. It’s always great to read more about this person that you play every day, because Skye is such a big part of me.”
Coming down to Earth (so to speak), Bennet also weighed in on the decidedly more human aspects of Skye’s S.H.I.E.L.D. existence.
For one, she says there will “definitely” be more development on the Skye/Agent Ward front, even though “he’s a little busy with May right now.” As she sees it, “Skye and Ward are soul mates, so I have a feeling that there’s going to be some more flirtation between them.”
Speaking of Agent Melinda May: It goes without saying that while she is by no means president of the Skye Fan Club, neither is she an all-out detractor of the onetime hacktivist. In fact, a recent episode pulled a bait-and-switch when May cast her vote for the non-agent to get booted from The Bus, but only because she knew the tech-savvy lass could be more useful to the team released into the wild.
“When I read that first scene, I was like, ‘What the f–k?!’ I was freaking out,” Bennet recalls with a laugh. “May is the type of person who — and I respect this about her — you have to work hard to be liked in her book. She is like, “Kid, you hacked S.H.I.E.L.D.! That’s all we know about you.’ Like she said to Coulson, ‘When people break into my house I don’t usually invite them over for dinner,’ and that’s what Coulson did, because he and I have this connection. Skye’s relationship with May is definitely an interesting one!”