WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for "Stolen," the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
just lost the Zephyr and Agent Jemma Simmons.
In "Stolen," the latest episode, Nathanial Malick launched a Trojan horse of a plan that divided the team. Although they believed he wanted to steal Jiaying's healing powers, he used that as a ruse to abduct Simmons and take the Zephyr while the agents were scattered between the Lighthouse and Afterlife. What's worse, he demanded that she bring him to Fitz, which may not even be possible.
In last week's episode, Simmons had to remove her memory suppression device so she could remember how to fix the Time Drive and break them out of a time loop. However, when those memories came flooding back, she broke down sobbing
and repeated the phrase, "What have I done?" So, when Daisy brought this up to her in "Stolen," she came to the devastating hypothesis that Fitz might be dead.
With this on her mind, Simmons approached Deke as he ran diagnostics on the Time Drive. "We've just got to figure out why this thing isn't communicating with Fitz anymore," he mused.
Simmons frowned in silence for a moment. "Maybe it never was," she suggested.
"But you said he was controlling the jumps," he pointed out.
"I thought he was, but consider the logic. We followed wherever the Chronicoms went. They dictated time and place. The Zephyr could have been pre-programmed to follow," she theorized.
"But we took out the Chronicoms," he replied.
"And the Drive was damaged in the process," she added. "Every jump since then has been a malfunction."
"So then why wouldn't Fitz help us?" Deke asked. Simmons didn't respond, but her eyes filled with tears. He shook his head and said, "Don't."
"Maybe it's too painful to remember -- to want to remember," she forged on, but Deke interrupted, saying, "Please don't even think that."
"I sent him messages that disappeared into the depths of space," she told him. "No answer."
"Fitz is out there," he insisted. "Whatever is happening right now is happening for a reason. We're going to fix this and get back to him, okay?" Although his optimism shook her out of her reprieve, she still appeared to be concerned for her husband's well-being.
Unfortunately, it looks like she will find out for sure sooner rather than later. As Mack, Yo-Yo and Coulson leapt in to defend Afterlife, Nathanial stormed the Lighthouse and distracted Daisy, May and Sousa long enough for a young John Garrett to swoop in and kidnap Simmons. Then, using the teleportation powers he stole from Gordon, he brought them to the Zephyr and flew away with it.
Frantically, May used a walkie-talkie to call out to Deke, who was still on board tinkering with the Time Drive. When he felt the craft take off, he picked it up and demanded to know where they were going. "We're not going anywhere -- you are," May informed him. "The Zephyr has been hijacked."
With that, Deke locked eyes with Simmons, who sat in the main compartment with her hands bound. As he hid himself, she attempted to break out, but Nathanial put a quick stop to that. "If duct tape doesn't work, I can liquefy a femur or two. It's your call," he said breezily.
"Why am I here? What do you want?" she asked, more exasperated than frightened.
"My pal Sibyl ran the numbers, and every outcome where we don't come out on top has one thing in common," he explained.
"Fitz," Simmons breathed.
"He's gotten in our way long enough," he snapped. "And now, you're going to take us to him."
Of course, there are two problems with that. For one, Simmons' memory suppression device is still intact, which means she couldn't remember Fitz's location even if she wanted to. For another, she sincerely believes he could be dead and may tell Nathanial as much. Whether or not her believes her -- and if Deke can save her before they're both out of time -- will be next week's story.
But is Fitz really dead? With only three episodes left in the series, answers about his location are just around the corner. In the meantime, "Stolen" really leaned into the idea he could be dead, which may in fact indicate the opposite is true. After all, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has long played with fan expectations, so all the evidence so far may be setting up for a big twist to the contrary.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s final season airs Wednesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC. The series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg.