Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 Finale Recap: 2 Shocking Deaths

Welcome to the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recap for the Season 3 Finale (episode 21 "Absolution" and episode 22 "Ascension," original airdate May 17, 2016) where Hive's (Brett Dalton) master plan is finally revealed and the showdown between him and S.H.I.E.L.D. comes to a deadly end. Daisy's glimpse into the future proves to come true, but who is the fallen agent holding the cross necklace in the end? Catch up on the major moments from the exciting and emotional two-hour event (warning: spoilers below). 

With Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) locked in a containment cell at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ, the team descends on a missile facility in the Pacific where Hive readies the warhead loaded with the chemical cocktail that will turn humans into swayed Primitives. As May (Ming-Na Wen) and team prepare to shut down the missile base, General Talbot, Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Coulson (Clark Gregg) work together to retrieve the necessary missile kill codes to shut down the facility with only seconds to spare. Hive demands that Dr. Radcliffe fix it, while he prepares to go fight S.H.I.E.L.D., who they've found on security footage. Lincoln (Luke Mitchell) runs away from Hive, leading him to Mack (Henry Simmons) and Yo-Yo (Natalie Cordova-Buckley), who finish setting up their contraption moments before Hive enters and is hit by the lights of the machine (similar to the memory machine), which is powered by Lincoln's electricity.

Watch Hive Go Mad:

Outside the facility, S.H.I.E.L.D. readies to get the hostages off the island, with the addition of Dr. Radcliffe, who helped May fend off the Primitives. Hive follows them, but before he can attack, they trap him in a gel-matrix cube. They've finally captured Hive, however, Giyera and James have the warhead.

Watch S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally Captures Hive:

Back at HQ, S.H.I.E.L.D. readies for Hive's people to come for him. In the hangar, Agent O'Brien and Fitz check on Hive and the surrounding crates explode! A vapor cloud emerges and O'Brien turns into a Primitive. Fitz is rescued and the Primitives destroy the gel-matrix cube and release Hive. 

Mack and Daisy watch the security feed of Hive being freed. Daisy tells Mack she told Hive about the Zephyr's high-altitude capabilities. That's going to be the warhead's delivery system now. After Mack leaves the room, Daisy hacks into the containment module that lifts up into the hangar. She comes face to face with Hive, drops to her knees and begs, "Please... take me back." Daisy then explodes with rage after Hive refuses to take her back. She uses her quake powers as the two engage in an epic battle. Will it be a fight to the death?

Watch Daisy & Hive Go Head to Head:

Coulson lands a Quinjet on the Zephyr, appearing to be on a solo mission like he told his team. Hive greets him and assures him that millions of people will become Primitives if he destroys them. Then, Coulson reveals that he is merely a distraction and his team is already in the process of taking control of the aircraft.

Watch Coulson's Hologram Trick Hive:

As the S.H.I.E.L.D. team moves to take control of the Zephyr and the warhead, James injures Lincoln badly with a fireball. While Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) treats Lincoln's wound, Daisy breaks down with a tearful apology, telling him she will be the one to risk her life and reset the warhead. He notices she is wearing the cross necklace and is unable to stop her.

Daisy makes her way to the Quinjet and just as she resets the warhead's coordinates, Hive sneaks up behind her. After revealing what she has done, Hive says Ward is still here and that he can manually override the controls. Daisy then notices blood on the floor and sees Lincoln who says that's why he had to come, and that he shorted the manual controls. Then he zaps Daisy off the Quinjet and blasts them from the Zephyr.

Daisy runs and radios Lincoln. He tells her that this is his purpose and that he was the only one that could fry the manual controls. She says this was her destiny and then notices the cross necklace is missing from around her neck. Lincoln says he stole it from her.

Watch Lincoln Bravely Face His Fate:

The Quinjet's communication system is failing as Daisy cries to Lincoln that this can't be goodbye, that there's too much she wants to say. Lincoln feels the same and right before they're disconnected, he says "I love you."

Watch Lincoln & Daisy's Goodbye:

As the warhead begins its final countdown, enemies Lincoln and Hive float weightlessly in the Quinjet. They find unexpected peace before they die.

Watch Hive & Lincoln's Final Moments:

Six months after Lincoln's death and after S.H.I.E.L.D. defeated Hive, Daisy is on the run and making headlines with alleged earthquakes, while Coulson and Mack try and track her down. Has she gone rogue?

Watch Daisy's Next Move:


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