It’s fair to say that Daisy Johnson, a.k.a. Quake, has been through a lot since the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. But even Chloe Bennet sometimes can’t believe everything that happened since she stopped being a hacker living in a car and found Agent Coulson and Agent May.
“She was looking for her parents, she found her parents. Her mom tried to kill her, then her dad had to kill her mom, then they had to brainwash her dad, then her first boyfriend was a Nazi and her other boyfriend had to die sacrificing himself, because of the Nazi that turned into a squid,” was the way Bennet summed it up at New York Comic Con. Of course, that’s just the first three seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season four is presenting its own challenges.
“A lot happens…this is going to be by far the most unique and diverse season we’ve had, and it’s gonna feel like more than one season,” Bennet teased. Part of that uniqueness has been adding the darkness of Ghost Rider into the mix, and introducing his relationship with Daisy.
“I think from the outside, you see these two people and you think, oh, they’re the male/female versions of each other’ — when I think what she’s doing is subconsciously holding up a mirror and saying, ‘is this you? Are you this person? Is this who you want to be?’ And there’s all these elements that he’s so great at portraying, he’s in so much pain, and he doesn’t take the task of taking lives lightly,” said Bennet. “I think what she realizes, having this kind of pairing with Ghost Rider, is that she’s not doing what she’s doing for vengeance. She’s doing it for penance. She hasn’t forgiven herself for what happened last season. Her growth trajectory this season is really going to be her learning to forgive herself, not just for herself but for other people without her.”
So, does that mean she’ll find a certain kinship with Robbie? Maybe, but Daisy will also be figuring stuff out on her own. “She’s having a hard time, which is understandable considering how much she’s been through,” Bennet said. “I really think this season for her is going to be a lot of internal growth. I think it’s really going to be about her figuring out how to move on. I don’t know if she’s ever given the tools to process…I think for someone who is selfish, it’s natural to pull away, and she doesn’t understand how that’s genuinely impacting the people that love her. Her whole thing since the day I auditioned for the show has always been her finding her family, and I think this season will really be her coming to learn what being a family means. And it’s not about blood. It’s about being there for people when they need it, and when you need it.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesday nights at 10 P.M. on ABC.