|Grant Douglas Ward|
|Occupation||Combat & Espionage Specialist|
|Affiliation||S.H.I.E.L.D. (former cover)|
|aka||T-1000/Tin Man (Skye)|
Mr. Save the Day (Leo Fitz)
Warm (Skye - in combination with May as 'Fuzzy')
|Portrayed by||Brett Dalton|
Austin Lyon (Teenage Ward)
Agent Ward is a gruff, anti-social man. He is talented in his professional fields but not as great at getting along with his coworkers, nor is he very skilled at interpersonal relations. He has a lot of experience in the field and takes his job extremely seriously. He is a man of few words but always cool under fire and ready for action. When working with S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward appeared to be fiercely loyal, obedient, and by-the-book. Around his teammates, he appeared to be open and cooperative with them but not very social or attached.
Later in the season, it becomes clear that he does not do well with emotion. He possesses a very broken moral foundation, which is a problem that began far back in his turbulent youth. While others do much better with loyalty, friendship, and emotion, these traits clash terribly within Ward. There is evidence that he actually does care for his S.H.I.E.L.D. teammates, but this is not enough to stop him from working against them if ordered to do so.
It's been revealed though, that Ward's personality and behavior is adjustable. Due to his training and questionable morality, Ward often tailors his actions and behavior enough to manipulate others into trusting him. This allowed him to work as a HYDRA agent, without nearly anyone on the team being tipped off, until it was far too late.
He is fiercely loyal to John Garrett of HYDRA, the man who freed him, taught him how to survive and trust only in himself. Ward appears to commit crimes not out of loyalty to HYDRA or any other ambition but simply out of obedience to Garrett. He has few reservations about murdering people with whom he has little to no acquaintance, whether they are his enemies or other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
With his conditioned ability to suppress his emotions and moral conscience, Ward was a deceptively cooperative and protective teammate, making his transition from loyal agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. to dangerous agent of HYDRA all the more backstabbing.
Ward is a Caucasian male, approximately 6'3", with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He is in excellent physical shape from years of combat training.
Agent Garrett rescued Ward from juvenile hall and took him into the wilderness, leaving him there with nothing but a bag of clothes and a dog, Buddy. Ward raided houses and lived a somewhat stress-free life during Garrett's six-month absence. Upon Garrett's return, Ward was trained for four-and-a-half years in marksmanship. Garrett informed Ward that he worked for HYDRA and invited Ward to join. Ward accepted, and Garrett instructed him to kill Buddy to prove devotion and a lack of attachment. Ward shot at and intentionally missed Buddy, whom Garrett then killed with a sniper rifle.
Ward was informed about the fact of Agent Coulson's survival just before being made a member of his emerging team. As a specialist, Ward felt that he did not (and implicitly should not) 'play well with others' and attempted to avoid the assignment. It was later revealed that Director Fury and Agent May were, in fact, behind the team's composition.
Episode 17 - "Turn, Turn, Turn"Edit
Agent Garrett is later revealed to be The Clairvoyant and working with HYDRA. As Ward accompanies Victoria Hand to take Garrett to The Fridge, she asks him if he would like to shoot the real Clairvoyant (as he previously killed an innocent man who was believed to be the Clairvoyant). Ward takes the gun from her but instead shoots Hand and two other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, revealing his true identity as an agent of HYDRA.
Episode 22 - "Beginning of the End"Edit
In "Beginning of the End," Ward is starting to see that Garrett has gone delusional from GH-325 and becomes doubtful about Garrett's commands; however, he continues to follow orders and is sent after Skye at the Cybertek Command Center. When he arrives, he sees that Skye has hooked a bomb up to the head of the team that controls the super soldiers and tells her she does not have the guts to pull the trigger. Skye replies that Ward pissed off someone even worse than her, and he is attacked by Agent Melinda May. They go into a pitched fight, and May shoots a nail gun into his foot, immobilizing him, then fractures his larynx, rendering him unable to speak. He is then taken into custody by the U.S. Military.
By the beginning of Season 2 ("Shadows") Ward is confined in Vault D beneath the Playground, and seemingly has been for some time. He is viewed by Coulson as a viable, but untrustworthy source of intel, and is visited by Skye only on a direct, though implicit, command from the new Director. He shows her scars, and implies he tried to take his own life, presumably out of remorse for his previous actions. He gives his word, whatever its value, that he will tell her nothing but the truth, and provides key intel on how HYDRA agents are communicating.
Phillip Coulson: Former Colleague and Team Leader. Ward was the first person to join Coulson's team and the person who did so the most begrudgingly. Although respecting his decisions and authority, Ward actively disapproved of some of his decisions such as the choice to invite Skye to the team as a consultant. When Skye was shot by Ian Quinn, Coulson was suggested as one of the people Ward blamed for the situation as well as Deathlok. After the successful infiltration of H.Y.D.R.A, it was revealed that Ward was sent to the bus as a spy by Garrett to gain inside information on Coulson and that his original anti-teamwork persona was a strategy to make Coulson welcome him to the fold. Ward was sent to garner information from Coulson about his resurrection and informed Garrett of Coulson's relationship with Audrey Nathan. Coulson, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
Melinda May: Former Colleague and (formerly) "friend with benefits" (In field/combat terms, his benchmark). Ward entered a non-committed sexual relationship with May in 'The Well;' however, this eventually ended in 'Yes Men' when Lorelei informed May of his romantic feelings for Skye. It was revealed that while Ward did not initiate their sexual relationship, he allowed it to happen because she was the only person on the Bus whose physical training and ability surpassed his and, therefore, his biggest threat. Ward had no visible issue with eliminating her, having already tried to kill her twice ('Yes Men', 'The Only Light in the Darkness'). May, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
Jemma Simmons: Former Friend and Colleague. When Simmons was infected with an alien virus in 'FZZT', she tried to sacrifice herself to save the rest of the team, unaware that her and Fitz's attempts to make an antidote were successful, and Ward rescued her. He believed that although her actions were ill-considered in her attempt, she was very brave to do so. Both Ward and Simmons assisted each other when they could and took part in board games with one another along with Coulson and Skye. Simmons was among the select few people Ward had confessed to caring about; however, under Garrett's conditioning, Ward considers his feelings a weakness. Along with the rest of the team, Simmons is now Ward's enemy.
Leopold Fitz: Former Colleague (Developing into younger brother relationship). While originally at odds due to their opposing personalities and respective fields, the two were unwillingly paired together for a mission in 'The Hub' and bonded over the experience, gradually developing mutual respect and a sibling-like bond. Fitz displayed visible concern when Ward was injured, and Ward advised Fitz on other matters (such as Fitz's feelings for Simmons). When Skye left the team a message saying "Ward is Hydra," Fitz refused to believe it, claiming that it was written to mislead them. When Simmons confirmed that Ward had killed Agent Koenig and was a H.Y.D.R.A. operative, Fitz uncharacteristically lashed out in despair, shocking the rest of the team. Fitz was among the select few people Ward had confessed to caring about; however, under Garrett's conditioning, Ward considers his feelings a weakness. Within Coulson's team, Fitz is the only one who still believes in Ward. Fitz, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
Skye: Romantic Interest, Former Trainee, and Lover. Although originally distrusting of her because of his past experience with the Rising Tide, and again after her relationship with Miles Lydon comes to light, Ward and Skye had a fairly close and playful friendship built on their faith in on another's abilities and their Trainee/S.O connection. When Ward was confronted with his past in "The Well," Skye showed visible concern and continuously tried to help him, which he refused and instead began a sexual relationship with May. When Skye was shot by Ian Quinn and was in critical condition, Ward physically lashed out in visible upset, blaming several people for the situation, including himself. While both were unwilling to truly confide in one another about their backgrounds, both Ward and Skye cared for one another greatly, and their connection gradually grew romantic during their time together. His strong attachment to her was previously alluded to by others, including May and Lorelei, but was eventually confirmed In 'Turn, Turn, Turn.' In the midst of the H.Y.D.R.A infiltration, he asked Skye if they if she would get a drink with him if they made it through the events; she accepted and kissed him before he left to fight. However, when Skye discovered he was an undercover H.Y.D.R.A operative in 'The Only Light in the Darkness,' she misled him and attempted to have him arrested, which failed when Deathlok abducted her. During Ward's attempts to explain his lies, she lashed out at him for his betrayal, punching him and hitting him. When Deathlok stopped Ward's heart and forced him into cardiac arrest, Skye displayed residual feelings towards him and demanded Deathlok bring him back, surrendering the information Garrett desired for Ward's life. Ward confirmed (almost pleadingly) that despite their now opposing allegiances he genuinely has feelings for Skye - something Skye reacted to with disgust and borderline disbelief. Skye now regards him to be a "serial killer" and a "disgusting, backstabbing traitor".
John Garrett: Leader and Former Supervising Officer (S.O). After Garrett was revealed to be The Clairvoyant and taken into custody, Ward successfully requested to join Victoria Hand to the Fridge so that he could oversee Garrett's imprisonment himself. Upon escorting Garrett to the Fridge, Agent Hand offered Ward the chance to "shoot the real Clairvoyant;" instead, however, he killed Agent Hand and her two guards, silently revealing his true identity as a H.Y.D.R.A operative and his loyalty to Garrett. After his allegiances were revealed, Ward fully acted for H.Y.D.R.A and joined Garrett in ambushing the Fridge, forsaking the team until Garrett sent him to retrieve Skye. It was revealed that Garrett sent him to Coulson's team to gain inside information and that his persona within the team was a strategic illusion to gain their trust. In 'Ragtag,' it was revealed that Garrett approached Ward after he was committed for arson to mold him into someone who would never be a victim ever again, which Ward accepted and became the man he is today under Garrett's conditioning. Garrett taught Ward the importance of survival and the need to eliminate any weakness, including his dog Buddy, to do so. It was under Garrett's training and orders that Ward entered the S.H.I.E.L.D Academy (Operations) undercover. Ward felt greatly indebted to him, crediting him for "pulling him out of hell." It could be presumed that because of this, a primary reason for his betrayal of S.H.I.E.L.D was Garrett's failing health. Although they disagreed in some respects - Garrett's disapproval of Ward's weaknesses and Ward's growing hesitance in carrying out Garrett's commands - Ward remained loyal to him, believing "he owed Garrett everything".
Deathlok/Michael Peterson: Friend, now Colleague. Ward and Peterson became friends when Peterson was aligned to S.H.I.E.L.D.; however, Ward later blamed him, among others, for Skye's shooting. With their common allegiance to HYDRA, the two served together under Garrett but had a strained working relationship. Following Garrett's orders, Deathlok sent Ward into an electronically induced heart attack to force Skye to surrender information. While Skye did indeed save Ward's life as Garrett expected, Ward displayed visible anger and disdain towards Deathlok's actions. Both Ward and Deathlok displayed a mutual lack of respect toward one another, illustrated when Ward blatantly ignored him and attempted to go after Coulson and Skye despite Deathlok's insistence that Garrett had ordered their immediate return.
Antoine Triplett: Former Colleague. Ward and Triplett knew each other, having both trained with Garrett as their Supervising Officer (S.O). After Ward became part of Coulson's team, Triplett took Ward's place as Garrett's specialist. When Garrett and Triplett boarded the Bus to take Ian Quinn into custody, the two fought after Ward's refusal and after Skye's recovery. In pursuit of The Clairvoyant, the two were paired together to find a possible match to the identity. After discovering both Garrett and Ward were H.Y.D.R.A operatives, and therefore responsible for the death of his partner, Triplett joined Coulson's team. Triplett, along with the rest of the team, is now Ward's enemy.
- Grant: "Great"
- Douglas: "Dark"
- Ward: "Protector"
- His current ID badge serial number is A 0849329. The card was issued on 9 September 2013 and will expire on 9 September 2015.
- His SHIELD profile as shown in the Pilot episode lists his date of birth as 07 January 1983.
- During the first episode of season 1, agent Coulson tells agent Ward "given your family history," leading some fans to speculate that Agent Ward may be a descendant of Trauma.
- Grant Ward is 6'3" (1.91m)
- He can speak 6 languages, including English, French ("Pilot"), Russian ("Eye-Spy"), Italian (T.R.A.C.K.S.), and Spanish (Providence).
- Despite being an advanced hand-to-hand combatant, he lost to May in a spar.
- Ward likes games, specifically board-based, and has been seen playing Battleship, Texas Hold 'Em, and Upwords in numerous episodes with various characters during downtime between missions.
- According to John Garrett, the 'real' Grant Ward hates the New England Patriots.
- He is a master manipulator, having managed to deceive his entire team.
- As an agent of HYDRA, Ward would not hesitate to murder his former friends and allies within S.H.I.E.L.D, even May in The Only Light in the Darkness. Despite this, he has displayed signs of remorse about his actions and has admitted to Skye his feelings for her are real.
- "Heavy is the Head" is the first episode where Grant Ward isn't seen or mentioned.
Maria Hill: What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
Grant Ward: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Maria: And what does that mean to you?
Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield." It means we're the line between the world and the much weirder world. We protect people from news they aren't ready to hear. And when we can't do that, we keep them safe.
[Coulson and Ward are interrogating Skye]
Coulson: This is QMB-T16. It's the top-shelf martini of sodium-pentathol derivatives. It's a very fast-acting and extremely potent truth drug. Don't worry, effects only last about an hour.
Ward: And then you'll have a nice little nap. And we'll know everything... [Coulson injects Ward with the serum] Gah, what the hell?!
Coulson: I'm sorry, did that hurt?
Ward: ...No. But you've lost your mind. You should never do that do a fellow member of your team. And yes, it did hurt a little bit. But I always try to mask my pain in front of beautiful women because I think it makes me seem more masculine- my God this stuff works fast.
Coulson: [To Skye] Still don't trust us? Ask him whatever you like.
Ward: Wait a minute...you can't just... THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT PROTOCOL!!
Ward: Where's your side arm?
Melinda May: If I need a gun, I'll take one.
Ward: Right, I forgot I was working with "The Cavalry."
May: Don't ever call me that.
[later, caught in a standoff with Peruvian soldiers]
Ward: You should've taken more guns.
Coulson: Have you seen Skye?
Grant Ward: Not since weapons training.
Coulson: She stop saying bang when she pulls the trigger?
Ward: Mostly. Now if she can just learn the difference between the safety release and the magazine release, we will be making real progress.
Simmons: About the Night-Night pistol... I lied - it's still an ounce off.
Ward: I know. After all...[imitates the others imitating him] I'm Agent Grant Ward. I just jumped out of a plane without a parachute on, saved your life.
Simmons: Actually, that's not quite it. It's a bit more nasal-y than that.
Ward: Don't say I never gave you anything.
Fitz: Checking for alien spectrographic signatures one teeny rock at a time.
Ward: Necessary precaution. We don't want anything alien getting in the wrong hands.
Fitz: Still, this is definitely the type of work a monkey could easily do.
Ward: You're our little monkey.
Coulson: How you doing, Agent Ward?
Ward: Wishing I was shorter. Nothing yet. All my readings are normal.
Coulson: What about you, Skye? Any luck?
Skye: I'm lucky my S.O. volunteered to take the super-creepy hallway instead of the slightly less creepy dungeon-room...place.
Ward: I'm just saying this could easily go sideways. The last time we saw this guy he was a raging homicidal maniac... [Mike walks up] He's standing right behind me, isn't he?
Ward: Really? You think Coulson will take that excuse if he finds out about us?
May: He took it okay when I told him.
Ward: Wait? You told him?
Ward: What's wrong?
Skye: The last time I was in this booth, I was sitting across from Mike Peterson. A good man. And now he is a murderer and we're on the FBI's most wanted. It's just like any moment something could go horrible wrong.
Ward: Relax. You're doing great.
Ward: Take a walk (to Deathlok). I can handle this.
Skye: Can you? You haven't so far.
Ward: You believing this is easy to me? You've any idea how hard it was. The sacrifices, the decisions I've had to make. I made them. That's what I do. I'm a survivor.
Skye: You are a serial killer. And you know what? You're right about one thing. I wouldn't like the real you.
Ward: Someday...someday you'll understand.
Skye: No. I won't. And I will never EVER give you what you want.