I didn’t want to get into the Ward redemption arc but I need to….I just have to say that many comic heroes have had redemption arcs, people that have done horrible things and have killed by their own volition either pushed by some wrong sense of justice, being used and abused, etc.
Most of these characters we meet them when they are already redeemed, and we just hear a few things about what they did, or the guilt they feel and the decision they have made to be different, but we never see the things they did, like meet them and feel the decpetion when they betray our trust as viewers.
I remember at the begining many poeple found him plain and to stiff, then we started seeing a few things of him that people started to really like him and then he is one of the biggest most heartbreaking plot twists I’ve ever experienced (kudos and hate for the whedons).
Now we get all these feelings about how him wether good or bad, and we see what he was capable of doing, things that other redeemed characters did but we never really witnessed but we still like them and root for them because of the people they have become.
We have a unique opportunity, if done right, to see first hand a real redemption arc with a character that we really feel betrayed as the team members of SHIELD. It is not about saying “if you support ward you are dumb” or if ‘If you dont see his back story you are dumb” is that we are actually seeing a REAL redemption arc that will either convince us or we will just not believe it.
I think Grant Ward is one of the best most complex characters we have on TV, whether you like him or hate, or support a redemption arc or not…he has become a constant discusion about morals, beliefs, likes, opinions, etc. It makes you really feel that there is a real factor of good and evil thrown in a show that at the begining seemed campy, shows people we love can hurt us badly and betray our trust which sadly is way too real.
I think that we cannot close ourselves to a reedemption based on who he is right now but what he becomes and how he becomes that, so the big responsability is on the writers to really build an arc that will make us see that not just say “well he was brainwashed and now…..he is not and he is good” but a real and honest transition that could take a lot of time.
I will never say that what he did was right or deny that his whole reveal wasn’t so heartbreaking and twisted because I liked him from the start, I felt betrayed but I still like him as a character and whatever the road will be, if he becomes one of the best villains or one of the best redemption arcs it will be ok because his character has made me feel anger, compassion, love, betrayal and much more, well done!