'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7: Iain De Caestecker's Leo Fitz might not appear till the final act, here's why
Spoilers for 'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7 Episode 8 'After, Before'
'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7 is now eight episodes in and there is still no sign of Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker). However, that might not be such a bad thing. Fans have been eagerly waiting for Fitz's return and growing impatient at the incessant delay. Fitz's location is currently a secret that even Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) doesn't know.
Unfortunately, things are not going well for the rest of the team right now. Thanks to Chronicom Sybil (Tamara Taylor), SHIELD has been completely backed into a corner and Episode 9 sees them trapped in a time storm. If that wasn't bad enough, Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) lost his parents and Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) has had her powers stolen. She may also have a villainous half-sister but that's a whole other thing.
We would expect the team to call up Fitz at this point but Simmons has revealed that she doesn't have contact with Fitz. However, if we're right, Fitz might still be aware of what's happening to the team and it's even possible that everything is still going according to plan. Just as Sybil is predicting the future, there is a possibility that Fitz is off somewhere monitoring the timestream somehow. In the end, this might not be so much a battle of Chronicoms vs SHIELD as it is a battle of Sybil vs Fitz.
If this is true, Fitz probably won't make an appearance on the show until we are firmly at the beginning of the final act. And since there are only five more episodes to go, that's not really that far away. When Fitz does make his return, he will probably bring the answer to the team's troubles and find a way to stop Sybil and her proxy Nathaniel Malick (Thomas E Sullivan) once and for all. He will be the ultimate deus ex machina and that would make the wait at least a little bit worth it.
'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7, the final season, airs on Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on ABC.