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'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7 Episode 9: Is Fitz dead? Simmons' breakdown raises some troubling questions

We've been waiting to see Leopold Fitz pop up on the show since the start of the final season and now we're getting worried that it might never happen
Elizabeth Henstridge (ABC)
Elizabeth Henstridge (ABC)

Spoilers for 'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7 Episode 9 'As I Have Always Been'.

'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7's biggest mystery continues to get murkier. We've been waiting to see Leopold Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) pop up on the show since the start of the final season and now we're getting worried that it might never happen. In Episode 9 'As I Have Always Been', Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) briefly removes the memory-blocking implant from the brain of Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). The procedure allows Simmons to remember how to save the team from the time storm they are stuck in but what happens immediately after has got us feeling very anxious.

After revealing the necessary information, Simmons breaks down into tears saying "What have I done?" and now we're worried that something might have happened to Fitz. And based on the way she was weeping, we think it's quite possible that Fitz is dead.

Granted, death is sort of a revolving door for the show but with the end of the series approaching in every passing episode, any new deaths that might occur are probably permanent. The worst part is that we've been depending on Fitz to show up and save the day for the team so if he's dead, then we have no clue how the agents are going to complete their current mission.

Of course, there's always the possibility that Fitz isn't dead and Simmons was crying about something else. But she did say that the implant is meant to block her memories of Fitz's location so the chances of it being something to do with a tragedy befalling her husband is very high. Another thing that could point to Fitz's death is a passing comment made by Enoch (Joel Stoffer). While dying after sacrificing himself for the team, Enoch mentions that Fitz "was" his best friend.

Now that could just be a coincidence but coupled with Simmons's breakdown, it all points to a picture that we're not sure we want to see. It's bad enough that we lost Enoch in the episode, losing Fitz too would be too hard a blow for the show's fanbase even though we're sure the writers will make sure it's a fitting goodbye. 'Agents of SHIELD' Season 7 airs on Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on ABC.