(CBR) Although those who saw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” knew about S.H.I.E.L.D.'s takeover by HYDRA, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” still managed to drop a huge game-changer with last week's episode, “Turn, Turn, Turn,” when Grant Ward — the team's specialist and Supervising Officer to fledgling S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Skye — came out of the shadows and into the light as an Agent of HYDRA, serving John Garrett (Bill Paxton), the Clairvoyant. After shooting Victoria Hand (Saffron Burrows) and two other agents, Ward freed Garrett as the S.H.I.E.L.D. transport flies them wherever they want to go.
In order to shed a little light on Ward showing his true HYDRA colors, CBR News spoke with the man behind the secret agent with the highest espionage marks since Romanoff, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star Brett Dalton, about the major reveal of last week's episode, and what the future might hold for his character. Plus, he discusses working with Bill Paxton and interacting with him in upcoming scenes, the rest of the cast's reaction to him finding out Ward was actually working for HYDRA, his massive Twitter shift to reflect his character's new allegiance, the potential for the future of SkyeWard and how he might be able to lend his musical talent to “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
CBR News: Brett, first of all, Hail HYDRA.
Brett Dalton: [Laughs] Thanks! I should change my voicemail now, huh?
[Laughs] Are you tired of hearing that, yet? Have people been saying that to you a lot?
Well no, they haven't been doing the “Hail HYDRA” thing but people have been looking at me differently since then, because before the character was so stalwart and so well-intentioned that they fell in love with that, and they felt in some kind of way betrayed. “Oh, man I really liked this guy!” It's funny, I do get a lot of texts from friends — this is real — who have co-workers that have kids or have kids themselves, and they'll watch it, and the kids have a much different opinion of me now! [Laughs] That was kind of funny.
In a previous interview, you mentioned some of your favorite comic characters: Deadpool, Punisher, Lobo — a lot of morally ambiguous characters, certainly. Considering your love of these characters, how much have you enjoyed bringing an element of that to Ward's personality, now that he's been revealed as an Agent of HYDRA?
You know, bad guys are so much more fun. That's the bottom line. Certainly as an actor, what it does is make this character so much more complex and that's so fun to play. I think what the writers do a really good job of is — I can't really tell you too much other than, it's not like the writers flip a switch and all of a sudden, Ward is evil and I'm twirling my mustache and I'm petting a cat for the rest of the season. I think they do a really good job of fleshing that out and possibly explaining things.