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December 5, 2017


Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain DeCaestecker, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writers share their thoughts on the fate of FitzSimmons, and other spacey ships.

Everyone knows that the course of true love never did run smooth on television, but Fitz and Simmons’ uniquely tortured path to romance might be one for the record books. As Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. enters its fifth season, the pair has been divided by everything from the mundanities of hesitation and the painful guilt of unbalanced scales, to unwilling relocation to a hell-planet and robot body-swapping.

(And let’s not even mention the space-boyfriend.)

In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere, the trauma continues. Fitz (Iain DeCaestecker) has been left behind on Earth, while Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and the rest of the team are catapulted into a satellite colony 90 years in the future. Suffice to say, by this point, even the characters have noticed that they seem to be prey to a cosmic grudge.

“You guys are constantly torn apart,” Daisy observes to Simmons in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 premiere.

“Cursed, as he would say,” Simmons replies, though she tries to reject the idea herself.

But with events spiraling ever more wildly out of control (Simmons is now the drone-like servitor of an eccentric Kree overlord, for crying out loud!) we were wondering about that curse ourselves. So we went right to the source to see if the minds behind Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have actually hexed these two star-crossed scientists to eternal misery.

“No,” insist showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. “If you stick through the season,” Tancharoen adds, “You will be…”

“Iain’s still on the show,” Whedon interjects. “It’ll be fine!”

Elizabeth Henstridge is just as vehemently optimistic about the couple’s prospects.

“NO!” she says, when asked if she believes that FitzSimmons are cursed. “I don’t! No, I don’t. I think they’re members of S.H.I.E.L.D., is what they are.”

“Not at all,” Ming-Na agrees, cracking “It’s a smooth romance, through and through!”

“I mean, romances in real life are not plain sailing,” Henstridge notes.

Her on-screen love Iain DeCaestecker also insists that he “definitely” does not believe in the curse.

“They’ve faced some real tough shit,” he says. “But no, I think the reason they’re not cursed is because often, through it all, they manage to find a way through it together. And they don’t work as well seperately as they to do together — they kind of complete each other when they’re together. That sounds really cheesy doesn’t it!” he laughs.

Chloe Bennet and Clark Gregg each describe themselves as ardent FitzSimmons shippers (“The universe just tortures people like me,” Gregg says) and encourage fans to look to the future.

“They don’t know what’s happening this season, do they!” Bennet teases of despairing fans. “Listen, friction creates growth, so they are just going to become even better. So the more that they go through, the stronger of a couple [they’re going to be].”

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