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December 22, 2017

What was it like when you heard from the team that they wanted you to come back for Season 5?

There’s been a lot of talk about it. Jed and Maurissa had said a few times that they had a few ideas. I actually heard via Iain first, even though he wasn’t meant to. He kind of told me this is what they’re planning and stuff. We were both excited to get the chance to do a whole episode together. It was just nice to be back amongst all the crew, who are a great bunch of people, who make the show such an enjoyable experience to be a part of. And to just hang out with my mate for a couple of weeks, acting together was a lot of fun.

In previous seasons, Hunter didn’t have a lot of one-on-one time with Fitz. What was it like getting to explore their dynamic together in this episode?

We haven’t had a great bit of opportunity to work solely together. We’re such good friends off-screen that it was a joy, really. We were really excited to spend that time together and have some fun and just bounce off of each other. I think the showrunners probably knew that about us off-screen and felt like they could have some fun and infuse a buddy cop vibe to it.


How far in advance did you get told that you’d be returning?

We’d talked about it for awhile, and how it would be nice seeing everybody again. And then, sometime in the summer, (executive producer) Maurissa [Tancharoen] got in touch. In typical Marvel fashion, they don’t say too much. They told me, and I found out from Iain [De Caestecker], as well, that it was pretty much just gonna be me and him, the whole episode. So, I was like, “Yeah, cool! I’m in!”

How did it feel to be on set again? Did it feel different, having been away from this character for a bit, especially without the rest of the cast there?

I’ve spent a lot of time between London and L.A., so I’ve caught up with people, on a regular but infrequent basis. A big thing was getting to hang out with all the crew again ‘cause they’re just such a joy to work with. It was brilliant catching up with those guys. Me and Iain hang out, all the time, anyways. We’re probably sick of the sight of each other. No. We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed working together. It was a shame that it wasn’t with all the rest of the gang. That would have been fun. But, it was nice to catch up with people.

What did you most enjoy about having Hunter and Fitz team up together for this, and getting to play that bond and dynamic?

It was just fun getting to hang out with my mate, the whole time. We’re really close, off set. We’re very close friends, so we were both excited to get the opportunity to spend a whole episode working together. It was nice to explore that friendship and dynamic, on screen.

Did you have any particularly fun moments, in this episode?

One day, catering served up tacos, mid-afternoon. That was a really fun day. I love tacos! No. Driving the RV was a lot of fun, but I think less fun for the camera crew that were in the back when I nearly toppled it over. I’m not the greatest driver, and putting an old RV in my hands is a risk. We had fun, pretty much every day, just messing around. Getting paid to hang out with your friends is not bad. They gave us a lot of fun stuff to do with a lot of variety in it. There’s an emotional heart to it, but there’s also a lot of fun scenes between the two characters. It was definitely a fun episode to do.


What was it like for you to return to the set after all this time?

Oh, it was really nice! I mean, whenever I’m in LA, I always pop down and see everybody. I’ve got some really good friends on that crew and everything. When they shoot, they’re so busy, because they’re there all day every day, so my options are limited when I come to set to visit. But it was great to see all those guys and they’re such a brilliant team and they all work so well together. They’ve got a level of professionalism amongst them and camaraderie and just the atmosphere on set is really positive, so it was great to see those guys. Then me and Iain were relishing the opportunity to have some fun together. You know, they weren’t on screen together a lot during the time that I was on the show. It was the odd scene here and there, but to get a whole episode together… I think the showrunners know how good of friends we are in real life, so I think they were keen to explore that and see what fun they could have with us.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has always been an ensemble show, but it seems like it’s down to Fitz and Lance for this episode. What was it like to work so closely with Iain De Caestecker?

We’re such close friends in real life. We talk all the time. We’re in contact pretty much every day, really, and speak to each other every week if he’s in LA and I’m here or whatever. So we’re really good mates, and the both of us were just really excited to get the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks together, having fun. Iain is such a brilliant actor as well. I like watching him anyway, and it’s interesting seeing how he approaches a scene and what does he do with it and his kind of take on things, so it was like learning from actors that I work with and so on. We just had a lot of fun and hopefully that comes across on screen. That dynamic comes quite naturally to us.

Do you have a favorite scene or moment you’re excited for fans to see?

My favorite stuff is probably driving around in the RV. Me and Iain were having quite a lot of fun in the front of the RV. I think if you ask the camera crew or the director, they were probably having slightly less fun in the back because I was swinging it around… on the winding roads in California, off in LA somewhere. I’m not the best driver, basically. Let’s put it that way. So putting me in charge of an RV… I think when I first got into it, they had people chasing after it, shouting at me, making me go, “What?! What?!” to try and hear what they were saying. [laughs] I don’t even know now what they were talking about at that point, but everybody was panicking.


“It was kind of a whirlwind thing,” he said, “because I was shooting something in the U.K. so I sort of had to put a pause on that project and get on a plane to L.A. so that I could shoot the next day. It was kind of this quick in-and-out thing but it was great to catch up with all the crew and all the people who work behind he scenes, and then also to just get to hang out with Iain.”

Obviously, because of the story, Blood couldn’t exactly reunite with everyone from the cast. “It would have been great to catch up and work with the whole cast,” Blood said, “but just with Iain here, we really relished the opportunity to explore that relationship between Hunter and Fitz. We’d spent a lot of time together in the previous seasons I was in, so this was a lot of fun. But it would have been great to see more people. We thought it would have been fun to throw Mack into it and get the three of us on a mission, but he’s off in space.”


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