First off, let me just say that the episode felt super short. Just when I was getting the hang of things, it ended. I actually felt cheated.
Now, onto Skyeward. As always, let me preface by saying that I DO NOT support or even remotely like the Season 2B Ward. By then, he’d gone off the deep end. well truly to the dark side. But before that, even at the end of season 1 and season 2A, there was a possibility of a redemption arc for him which the writers never explored.
But I digress. First things first, the Framework Ward is NOT the Ward we all know and hate. He is everything Ward could have been if he had stayed with Skye and never betrayed them. This Ward truly loves Skye. When he found out that she’s an Inhuman, he hid her real test results and swapped them (reminds me of what Fitz did for her when she had just turned into an Inhuman and everyone on the team was feeling a little too trigger-happy) He joined the Resistance so that he could help her and others like her. And he never told her. He kept that side of himself hidden from her so that he wouldn’t implicate her, even accidentally.
To say that the writers are giving Ward a redemption arc is just incorrect, because that Ward is dead. They are giving us a taste of what could have been, hence the episode title, WHAT IF.
When they reach the car park, and Ward was working on destroying the car, Daisy could have just left with Jemma, leaving him behind. He’s technically not real. But she didn’t, she actually came back and apologized to him and when he asked her for her real name, she told him. And can we also just talk about the fact that he never asked her for an explanation, he just jumped in and helped Daisy and Jemma escape.
We know that this Ward will cease to exist as soon as Daisy and the team destroy the Framework, but I’m curious their relationship (or lack thereof) and the way it unfolds. The possibilities are endless…