Glenn Talbot is a brigadier general of the U.S. Air Force who has been hunting Coulson's team, partly, it seems, as a display of his own patriotism. More frequently he can be found tracking the Hulk. As of "Bouncing Back" he is, by Presidential appointment, the head of the A.T.C.U., following the murder of Rosalind Price.
Season 1 Edit
In "Providence," shortly after Hydra destroys S.H.I.E.L.D., Col. Talbot contacts Coulson at the Hub to inform him he'll be sending a "peacekeeping force" to the Hub to ask a few questions. Coulson comments how if Talbots involved there isn't anything peaceful about it.
May informs Coulson that the Hub's defense systems are back online, but Coulson says he doesn't want to start a war with the U.S. military thus Coulson and his team use the Bus to flee the Hub before Talbot arrives. Many S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, however, choose to stay behind though and surrender themselves to Talbot.
In "Nothing Personal," Maria Hill leads Talbot and a team of special forces to Providence base where Coulson and his team are. Talbot explained to Fitz, Simmons, and Trip that currently government considers Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D. to be the same thing, but if they can provide him with useful information then he assures them they won't go to prison.
Meanwhile, Hill explains to Coulson how she gave Talbot Providence to save him; Hill explains that she told Talbot he was the one who gave her Providence's location and if he only gives Talbot some more useless information then Talbot will be happy and let him go free. However, after Coulson informs Hill that Ward is an agent of Hydra, Garret is still alive, and Ward has captured Skye then Hill has a change of heart and helps Coulson fight Talbot. Coulson knocks out Talbot by shooting him with an ICER.
Season 2 Edit
As a reward for discovering Fury's secret base, Providence, Talbot was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.
In "Shadows," Talbot is first seen on the news claiming that both S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra have been destroyed and he'll be doing everything within his power to bring all former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents currently in hiding to justice.
Later, Coulson calls Talbot to warn him he's in danger, but Talbot scoffs at Coulson and hangs up the phone. Talbot is then attacked by The Absorbing Man and a fight ensues. Talbot is taken to safety by two soldiers and Creel is captured by the military with help from Skye. Talbot, meanwhile, learns those soldiers were actually S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and they take him back to their base where Coulson interrogates Talbot. Coulson tries to convince Talbot to work with S.H.I.E.L.D., but Talbot swears he'll never help him. Coulson then shoots Talbot with an ICER and he wakes up inside his car.
It's, later, revealed that Coulson was only after Talbot's fingerprints and access code in order to get inside the warehouse where the Obelisk was.
In "Heavy is the Head," after Hunter is arrested by the military, he's taken to a meadow where Talbot is waiting aboard a helicopter. Talbot explains he knows a senator with very deep pockets (referring to senator Christian Ward) that will pay Hunter anything if he can turn over Coulson. Hunter says he wants $2 million and a proper burial for Izzy, who was killed by Creel. Talbot tells him he has 48 hours to bring him Coulson.
At the end of the episode, Coulson meets with Talbot to inform him Hunters changed his mind and he brought Talbot a gift, The Absorbing Man who is currently frozen inside a cryostasis pod. Coulson then explains that if he stops his hunt for S.H.I.E.L.D. then they'll keep giving him gifts like Creel and Talbot will continue getting promoted.
In "Face My Enemy," Bakshi uses the photostatic veil to impersonate Talbot at a charity gala in order to steal a painting with symbols similar to the ones on the Obelisk carved on the back. Coulson and May stop Bakshi and, later, call Talbot to inform him about what happened. Talbot comments how he should give the painting to him, but Coulson lies and says the painting was destroyed in the fight.
In "A Fractured House," Talbot is at the U.N. when Whiplash and his team attack while impersonating S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and kill several people. Talbot survives the attack with a broken arm. Later, Talbot meets with Senator Ward who berates him for not stopping the attack before it happened and Talbot comments how Christian just doesn't want anyone to know that his brother, Grant, was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
At the end of the episode, Talbot and his soldiers arrest Whiplash after S.H.I.E.L.D. captures him.
In "Love in the Time of Hydra," Agent 33 uses the photostatic veil to impersonate Talbot's wife in order to break Bakshi out of jail. When Talbot's real wife calls him, he realizes there's an imposter on the base and orders all the female personnel into one room, but doesn't realize 33 changed her disguise to that of a man. After 33 escapes with Bakshi, Talbot calls Coulson to inform him Ward is still alive as they saw Ward driving the car 33 escaped in.
Season 3 Edit
After Rosalind is killed by Ward, in revenge for the death of Agent 33, President Ellis asks Coulson for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s help in dealing with these new inhumans in the wake of the terrigen outbreak. In accordance with this, the President has appointed Talbot as the new head of the A.T.C.U. and instructs Talbot to work with Coulson.
In "The Inside Man," Talbot says goodbye to his wife, Carla, at the airport when Coulson arrives to talk about the upcoming international symposium on inhumans they’re both attending. As they're walking back to their cars, Coulson notices Creel following them and Lincoln then attacks The Absorbing Man. With help from May, Lincoln is able to defeat Creel, but Talbot then rushes in to explain Creel is his bodyguard and has been reformed since last they saw him. Furthermore, Talbot won't go to the symposium without Creel protecting him.
During the symposium, Talbot announces that he has just learned there's a traitor among them and it's his guest who is actually Phil Coulson. Malick then barges into the room and declares Coulson to be the director of Hydra. Malick's men then take Coulson away.
It's, later, explained that Malick is holding Talbot's son, George, hostage and said he'd kill him unless Talbot helped him capture Coulson. However, Malick betrays Talbot and orders his men to kill both Coulson and Talbot, but Creel barges in and rescues them both. May, later, informs Talbot she has rescued George.
In "The Singularity," using the information Malick gave them, Coulson and Talbot organize several coordinated military strikes on Hydra facilities all over the world thereby taking down the entire organization.
In "Emancipation," Coulson agrees to give Talbot a tour of S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, but first they meet at a remote bar. Talbot informs Coulson that, with the passage of the Sokovia Accords, the President wants Coulson to have any powered people working for S.H.I.E.L.D. to be registered with the government and if Coulson complies then S.H.I.E.L.D. will be relegitimized and can operate in the public view once again. Coulson then reveals that S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters is actually under the bar, their booth is actually an elevator, and they begin to descend.
Coulson begins to give Talbot a tour, but first pleads with Talbot not to report all the inhumans they have as "some battles can only be fought with secret warriors." During the tour Talbot meets Elena, Lash, and Coulson informs Talbot about Hive.
At the end of the episode, after Lash rescues Daisy and Daisy tells them about the pathogen Dr. Radcliffe created for Hive, Talbot explains that Hydra stole an operational warhead from an A.T.C.U. facility in Indiana and with that warhead Hive can spread Radcliffe's pathogen across a continent and transform a significant percentage of humanity into Primitive Inhumans.
Season 4 Edit
In "The Patriot," after a failed assassination attempt on Director Mace, Talbot takes temporary command of S.H.I.E.L.D. while Mace is taken to a safe house. Talbot orders May to begin interrogating the shooter and for Simmons to make sure Agent Burrows is with Mace.
After Mace's quinjet drops off radar, Talbot first raises May's security clearance level thus giving her the authority to take command of Zephyr One and form a search party to find Mace. Next, Talbot orders Simmons to work on "some science-y way to regain contact with our men on the ground" while he interrogates the shooter again.
While looking through Mace's file, Simmons discovers Project Patriot which Talbot was in charge of. Talbot then confesses how Mace isn't an inhuman and how the goal of Project Patriot was only to make people believe Mace was by giving him a strength enhancing drug.
In "Wake Up," Talbot arranges a press conference with Mace in Washington D.C. where Daisy will the sign the Sorkovia Accords. Senator Nadeer will be at the press conference and while she's distracted Coulson and Yo-yo will plant surveillance equipment in her office with which they can use to gather proof she's a member of the Watchdogs.
Talbot is against Coulson's idea and suggests they move some of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s records and assets to a military facility in case Coulson's mission fails and Nadeer launches an investigation into S.H.I.E.L.D. However, Mace agrees with Couslon.
In "The Return," Daisy and Simmons return to the real world after downloading their minds into the virtual world of the Framework. When Simmons turns on the news, she sees Talbot explaining how the body of Director Mace has been found and that he's convinced Daisy is the killer. Furthermore, Talbot is currently sifting through the rubble of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters and is convinced Coulson and his team were responsible for this as well thus Coulson and his team have all been labeled terrorists.
After rescuing Coulson, May, Mack and Fitz, they all use Zephyr One to fly back to the remains of the base, but shortly after they land a team of U.S. soldiers led by Talbot board the Zephyr and Talbot accuses all of them of being LMD imposters. Talbot then orders Coulson to explain what is happening; Coulson then proceeds to summarize what happened with AIDA and the Framework, but Talbot doesn't believe Coulson's story.
Suddenly, Glenn is distracted by gunfire and the sound of AIDA killing his men over the radio. While Talbot is distracted, May makes it to the cockpit and starts the planes engines. A standoff between Coulson and Daisy against Talbot and his soldiers ensues; Coulson tells Talbot he can come with them or stay there and Talbot chooses the latter.
At the end of the episode, Talbot is informed that AIDA killed three of his soldiers and comments how a hazmat team will arrive at dawn to search the base.
In "World's End," Talbot calls Coulson to warn him that the truth about Mace not being an inhuman is out and an international intelligence inquiry is being assembled to determine the future of S.H.I.E.L.D. Talbot wants Coulson to attend to defend S.H.I.E.L.D., but Coulson says he can't as AIDA is still looking for them and they still have no way to kill her.
During the inquiry, a Daisy LMD sent by AIDA barges into the room and non-fatally shoots Talbot. This was an attempt by AIDA and Ivanov to turn people against S.H.I.E.L.D. and inhumans. Later, Coulson tries to explain that that wasn't the real Daisy, but Talbot's assistant doesn't believe him.
- When Talbot first appeared, he held the rank of Colonel. As of Season 2, he had been promoted to Brigadier General, largely, it would seem, for his efforts against Coulson and the remnants of S.H.I.E.L.D..
- At some point, Talbot spent five years in an enemy work camp.
- "Nothing Personal"
- "Heavy is the Head"
- "Face My Enemy"
- "A Fractured House"
- "Love in the Time of Hydra"
- "The Inside Man"
- "The Patriot"
- Talbot is now the only recurring character in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." to have made appearances in all five seasons (as he will appear in the upcoming Season 5 episode "Rise and Shine").