From the previews for the upcoming episode of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, we know that an excommunicated agent makes a comeback to help Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) figure out what happened to the rest of the team. Nick Blood will be reprising his role as Lance Hunter, mercenary-turned-SHIELD agent and love interest of Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki). Blood spoke with TVLine about his return, and here are some of the highlights.
Talking about how he found out he was coming back:
“I think I first heard through Iain. I think he texted me probably when he wasn’t meant to. He told me what they were planning, and it was very nice to get the opportunity to get a whole episode of me and Iain. We had a lot of fun and were really looking forward to it.”
On where Hunter has been and what he’s been up to when we first meet him again:
“Well, he’s been up his usual tricks, doing some mercenary work and bickering with Bobbi…. He doesn’t necessarily have access to all the bells-and-whistles and gadgetry that S.H.I.E.L.D. did, so he has to use his charm and his wit to break down doors, and call in a few favors from his dodgy friends — who at times are quite unreliable!”
And then about the episode and jumping in to save Fitz:
“I don’t think Fitz could have managed it without him — or at least that’s what I think Hunter tells himself. Fitz is very grateful to see him, despite the fact that some of his ideas don’t go quite according to plan.”
And finally about his personal relationship with Iain and getting to do an episode together:
“Yeah, yeah, me and Iain are really good friends off-set, we’re very close, so we were both kind of buzzing to get this opportunity. Throughout the series previously, they’ve not really spent a lot of time together — they kind of had scenes every couple of episodes — but we have this great relationship that I think the showrunner and writers were keen to explore and have a bit of fun with.”
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.