Entertainment Weekly has debuted a new poster for next week's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., "Afterlife", airing Tuesday, April 8 at 9 PM ET on ABC. The poster features Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) literally standing between two separate factions of S.H.I.E.L.D. In last week's episode, "One Door Closes", Bobbi (Adrianne Palicki), Mack (Henry Simmons) and Gonzales (Edward James Olmos) told Coulson that they are "the real S.H.I.E.L.D.," and they are certainly not on his side in this world where Hydra is everywhere. These characters stand one one side of the poster, while Ward (Brett Dalton), Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are on the other.
One character not seen in the poster is Luke Mitchell's Inhuman character, who makes his debut in next week's episode. Executive producer Jeffrey Bell revealed that introducing this character sets up a new dynamic for the series.
"Meeting Luke's character in the Inhuman world is just setting up a new dynamic. We're taking [Skye] into a group with a whole bunch of different people. So far, we've seen that there's a guy with no eyes, and there's a woman [Raina] who now is covered in thorns. And as in the X-Men world, there are a handful of people who look more like them, but a lot of them turn out to be just attractive people with powers. And we thought, 'Hey, let's have some of those as well!' [laughs] We were looking for a new character to come on, and Luke just really impressed us. He was a good actor, had a nice quality, and we felt he might be a good person to sort of usher Skye into this other world."
Entertainment Weekly also spoke with Adrianne Palicki, whose character Bobbi Morse is currently opposing Coulson and his team. However, the actress revealed that Bobbi still does care for them, and she's struggling with what is right and what is not.
"Oh, absolutely. [Bobbi] cares about these people. That's where the struggle comes from. She's really struggling with the balance of, "What is the right thing?" She started off knowing what the right thing was, but now she's going to start having the struggle of, 'OK, you guys have to understand. I know Skye. You guys don't know Skye like I know Skye. She's not a bad person. She's a SHIELD agent first.' It's going to be a lot of those moments where she's trying to convince people who just don't want to hear it."
In addition to the new poster, we also have a photo gallery for "Afterlife", which you can check out below the poster. What do you think about these new details? Do you think these two factions can work out their differences to create a stronger S.H.I.E.L.D.? Take a look at the poster and gallery below, and stay tuned for more on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., airing Tuesday nights at 9 PM ET on ABC.