“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD’s” favorite duo, FitzSimmons, aren’t quite the same best friends they were when ABC’s comic book series premiered in Season 1. When Season 2 returns, star Elizabeth Henstridge says both characters will have to deal with the fallout of Fitz’s admission of love to Simmons in the Season 1 finale — and his near-death experience.
“The end of last season Fitz professed his love for Simmons, and she didn’t really see it coming and didn’t feel the same in that moment. That’s something that once that moment’s happened, you can’t really go back from that in a friendship,” Henstridge explains to Zap2it. “You have to move forward, and [we see] how they deal with that. That moment changes them both because it was a life-threatening moment, and neither of them will be the same after going through that emotionally and physically.”
She notes, “It was a bomb that went off, and now they have to find a way to recover.”
Just don’t expect that Simmons will have fallen straight into Agent Triplett’s arms just because there is some trouble in FitzSimmons land. Henstridge says she’s not sure if there will be romance for Simmons and Triplett, but it isn’t a relationship that will be going strong when Season 2 opens.
“He’s still around. I guess we’ll just see. It hasn’t necessarily happened yet, but there’s a potential that’s been created and is always there,” Henstridge says. “If you like someone, it’s hard to stop liking someone. There’s chemistry there, and Fitz is obviously aware of that chemistry. That’s something that I think will be teased throughout — or not, I don’t know.”
Because of the romantic dissonance between Fitz and Simmons when Season 2 begins, Henstridge thinks there’s an opportunity where both characters could start seeing other people.
“If they’re working through their friendship, then that leaves gaps for other people to potentially get close to each of them,” she says. “I’m excited about all those different elements. When everything’s great in a relationship everything’s great. But when everything’s not, there’s obviously so many elements that can come up and disrupt further. I think we’ll see a fair few of those.”
Though, as Henstridge notes, FitzSimmons “started as the comic relief,” Season 2 will force them both to find their own identities as individuals.
“FitzSimmons always identified as a duo. They finished each other’s sentences, they finished each other’s thoughts, they completed each others worlds, and now that that dynamic has shifted,” Henstridge says. “It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s broken but there’s repair work that needs to be done. Then all of the sudden they have to figure out who they are as individuals, which they’ve never had to do before.”
That pushes Simmons into new territory that Henstridge is excited to explore. “I love the journey that Simmons is going through this season,” she says. “We’re not even a quarter of the way through, and already she is coming into her own a lot more and figuring out her opinions on certain things and the way she’s going to operate, because she’s never had to do that.”
“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD” Season 2 premieres Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.