AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Producer Jed Whedon Says Grant Ward Won't Be Back For Season 5

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Producer Jed Whedon Says Grant Ward Won't Be Back For Season 5

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Producer Jed Whedon Says Grant Ward Won't Be Back For Season 5

The Framework potentially opened the door for a number of deceased Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fan-favorites to return from the grave. Sadly, Brett Dalton's Grant Ward will not be one of them.

The advent of Marvel and ABC's Inhumans miniseries means season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will not debut until January 2018. The positive side is that all 22 episodes will be aired without any midseason breaks. While Agent Coulson and the rest of his team escaped the virtual prison known as the Framework, one character that didn't make the leap over was Brett Dalton's Ward.  

Executive producer Jed Whedon tells Entertainment Weekly that they considered brining him back, along with a few other past characters that could return via the Framework, but "scheduling, or personal issues, or other shows that take our people away" meant that idea just didn't pan out.  Fellow executive producer Jeff Bell adds, "Aida rebuilt her body out of dark stuff from a dark, terrible universe, so she wasn’t exactly human.  There was a Darkhold filter through which she came, so it seemed that anyone who came back that way was not, in fact, really themselves, but some corrupted version of themselves."

An even more corrupted version of Ward would have certainly made for a great villain but it looks like it's not to be. 
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