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Grant Ward
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Real Name Grant Douglas Ward
Alias(es) Evil Faceless Government Toolbag
T-1000
Super Spy
Seal Team 6
Mr. Save the Day
Dan Filch
Golden Boy
Black Kevlar
Romeo
Zack
The Big Bad Wolf
Species Human
Citizenship American
Gender Male
Age 32
Date of Birth January 7, 1983[1]
Clearance Level 7 (former)
Ser. No. A 0849329
Title(s) Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
*Specialist (former)
Affiliation HYDRA (former)
*Centipede Project (former)
S.H.I.E.L.D. (former)
*Garrett's Team (former)
*Coulson's Team (former)
TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (36 episodes)
Comic Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Chase
Portrayed by Brett Dalton
Trenton Rogers (young)
Austin Lyon (teenager)
Status Alive
"We thought you were dead."
"Not dead... waiting. I was locked in a cage, before that I was trapped behind a S.H.I.E.L.D. badge and now I'm finally free.
"
Sunil Bakshi and Grant Ward[src]

Grant Ward is a former HYDRA infiltrator in S.H.I.E.L.D. disguised as a Level 7 operative. Abused as a child by his family, he wound up in prison until he was freed by John Garrett. Garrett trained Ward to become a cold-blooded killer and he became more loyal to him than to HYDRA. As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., he was recruited onto Coulson's Team working with them on all their missions, pretending to be gruff and anti-social and to become emotionally attached to the team. During the S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War he killed Victoria Hand but still maintained his cover as a loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He broke cover on John Garrett's orders and rejoined HYDRA. Despite harboring feelings for Skye, he followed all of Garrett's orders. When Garrett's HYDRA cell lost the Battle at Cybertek, he was imprisoned by Coulson. He managed to escape many months later and rejoined HYDRA under Dr. Daniel Whitehall. However, he left the organization again after Whitehall's death along with Agent 33.

Biography

Early Life

Childhood

"My older brother, he didn't beat up my younger brother. He was crueler than that. He made me do it, and I let him. I was afraid."
"What about your parents?"
"They were worse.
"
―Grant Ward and Skye[src]

Grant Douglas Ward grew up in Massachusetts and had a difficult childhood. He had an abusive older brother who would frequently force Ward to beat up his younger brother. His parents were even worse. Ward also has a sister who he is no longer in contact with.[2]

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Grant trying to save his little brother

An incident in particular that had a profound effect on Ward was when his older brother threw his younger brother into a well and wouldn't allow Ward to rescue him. Ward eventually managed to do it without his brother knowing.[3]

Recruited by Garrett

"I work for a secret organization that's always looking to recruit young men like you."
"And why should I trust you?"
"You shouldn't. Don't trust anybody, ever, especially me.
"
John Garrett and Grant Ward[src]

In 1999, Ward went AWOL from the military academy to which he'd been sent, stole a car, drove over 1000 miles home, and set fire to his parents' home. Unknown to Ward, his older brother Christian was inside. Christian survived but pushed for the courts to try Grant as an adult.

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Ward meets John Garrett

While being detained at a juvenile detention center, Ward was unexpectedly visited by S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent John Garrett, who offered him a choice - leave with Garrett now and be taught the skills needed to survive, or face prison, where his family was pushing for Ward to get the maximum sentence for his crime. When Ward asked why he should trust Garrett, Garrett responded by telling him to never to trust anyone, especially not him. Ward agreed, and Garrett's men broke him out of prison.

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Ward after being abandoned by John Garrett for six months

Garrett drove Ward into the middle of a forest and left him there with just a dog called Buddy, telling him that from now on he would have to survive on his own, hunting for his own food and building himself a place to sleep. Garrett promised to return in a couple of months, but he instead left Ward for six months. In the meantime Ward managed to raid nearby cabins, build his own camp and survive with ease. Garrett was impressed by Ward's efforts and promised to teach him how to shoot.

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Ward is ordered to shoot his dog

For five years Garrett subjected Ward to a number of grueling survival tests in the Wyoming wilderness, eventually molding him into a cold, driven survivalist. Garrett eventually revealed to Ward that he was not, in fact, loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D., but to HYDRA. By this point; however, Ward followed Garrett no matter what, so he agreed without question to join HYDRA. Garrett made Ward prove his emotional detachment by asking him to kill his loyal dog Buddy.[4] [5]

Early S.H.I.E.L.D. Career

About five years outside the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, Ward was posed for sixteen months as a Russian attaché at the embassy in Warsaw, Poland.[6]

After proving his worth, Ward became a full-fledged agent, rising through the ranks under Garrett's tutelage and supervision.[4] Deputy Director Maria Hill gave Ward top marks in combat and the highest espionage rating since Natasha Romanoff, giving him low marks only in his people skills.[1]

In 2008, Ward saw action in Georgia during a rebel uprising. He made several contacts along the South Ossetian border during this time, including Yuri Dubrovsky.[7]

Mission in Paris

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Ward on a mission in Paris

"Something turns up like this Chitauri neural link... we get to it before someone bad does."
"Any idea who Vanchat was planning to sell it to?
"
―Grant Ward and Maria Hill[src]

Grant Ward and his team were assigned to a mission in Paris, France. Ward was assigned to break into a hidden vault belonging to the international criminal Vanchat and steal a Chitauri neural link which had come into Vanchat's possession and that he was going to sell to an unknown buyer. After taking the link, he was discovered and fought his way to the top of the building, where he was extracted by helicopter.[1]

Coulson's Team

First Mission

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Ward with Maria Hill

"This is definitely not protocol."
―Grant Ward to Phil Coulson[src]

Before the Battle of New York, Agent Phil Coulson, an old friend of John Garrett's, was slain at the hands of Loki and days later restored to life through unknown means. Garrett, whose health was beginning to fail, tried to find out how Coulson was revived, hoping he could restore his own health through the same means.

When Coulson assembled a new team of specialists to investigate new, strange and unknown threats, Garrett suggested to Coulson that Ward be a part of his new team, ostensibly to "smooth out" Ward's "rough edges", but in reality, Ward was Garrett's undercover asset attempting to discover the truth about Coulson's resurrection.[1]

Acting As Skye's S.O.

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Ward and Coulson question Skye

"I don't ever want to do another pull-up again."
"You ever find yourself hanging off the edge of a building twenty stories up, you're gonna want to do at least one.
"
Skye and Grant Ward[src]

During the team's first mission together, they encountered a Rising Tide "hacktivist" known only as Skye, who was their only lead in the case of Michael Peterson. Having had some negative encounters with Rising Tide after their release of classified data during ongoing operations, Ward took an instant dislike to Skye. She was also an unknown factor that neither Ward nor Garrett had calculated. To gain Skye's trust, Coulson and Ward came up with a plan to pretend to give Ward a truth serum and have him tell her some very low level intel about S.H.I.E.L.D. 

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Ward aims his sniper rifle at Mike Peterson

Mike Peterson later kidnapped Skye and they discovered the Extremis in his blood would cause him to explode, so Ward joined the rest of the team to stop him. Ward tried to subdue Peterson with a chokehold but failed. He later took a higher position and aimed a sniper rifle at Peterson while Coulson tried to calm him down. Leo Fitz; however, gave him a Night Night gun and Ward shot Peterson with it, knocking him out cold and cooling down his Extremis. After the mission, Phil Coulson recruited her to the team as a consultant, over Ward's objections.[1]

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Ward defends himself in Peru

The team's second mission took them to Peru to investigate an 0-8-4. While Fitz/Simmons investigated the item itself, Ward and Melinda May were attacked by the local military. They defended themselves until Coulson appeared and revealed he knew their leader Camilla Reyes. The encounter remained pleasant until the team were attacked again, this time by local rebels. Ward used a Thunderstick to knock out many of the attackers but the team were forced to retreat. Ward pulled the 0-8-4 out of the wall and they escaped to the Bus.

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Ward defends the Bus

However, when on the Bus they were betrayed and hijacked by Camilla Reyes' soldiers. The team was tied up but managed to escape with the help of Melinda May. As a team they were able to retake the Bus by blowing a hole in the side of the plane, killing many of the soldiers. Skye's quick thinking also helped to save Ward's life when he nearly fell out of the plane himself. Ward saw a way to learn more about her, thus removing any unknown element she might bring into the mix. Ward agreed to be her "Supervising Officer" and oversee her training and education.[8]

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Ward begins training Skye

Ward began her training in combat and weapon training, specifically how to disarm an opponent. However he felt that Skye was not fully committing herself to it or to S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson suggested a different, more personal approach. Ward responded by giving some details of his personal life and rough childhood to Skye, describing his so-called "defining moment" to her.

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Ward and Coulson learn Ian Quinn is responsible for kidnapping Franklin Hall

The team received a call that a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist named Dr. Franklin Hall had been kidnapped in an attack which involved an invisible substance picking up and throwing down trucks. The team investigated and Fitz/Simmons learned that the attack was caused by an element called Gravitonium which could change the effects of gravity. Ward and Coulson investigated who had supplied the vehicles and equipment for the attack, leading them to a man who had been paid in gold. When they learned where the gold had originated from, they learned that Hall was being kept by billionaire Ian Quinn.

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Ward fights Ian Quinn's guards

Ward's training became useful when Skye went on an undercover mission to rescue Dr. Hall in Malta, Ward objected when Skye volunteered to infiltrate the compound of Ian Quinn, citing the fact that she was not nearly qualified yet for such an operation. When Skye completed her mission, allowing Ward and Coulson to infiltrate the compound, she used Ward's training to good effect when disarming Quinn. However she felt she was not ready to shoot someone so made her escape, but had to be rescued by Ward in the end who fought three of Quinn's guards to protect her. After the op, Skye seemed to fully commit herself to her training and S.H.I.E.L.D.[9]

Back on the Bus, Leo Fitz showed Ward his new invention, a pistol version of the Night-Night Gun, which could be used in close combat situations.

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Coulson and Ward speak to an Innkeeper while searching for Amador

Coulson requested his team investigate the case of rogue S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Akela Amador, who was believed to have been killed but had turned up doing dangerous and seemingly impossible missions with her eyes closed. Coulson and Ward retraced her steps and tried to locate her, arriving in Zloda, Belarus. They spoke to an Innkeeper who claimed that Amador had correctly sensed the woman had a tumor, making Amador's abilities more of a mystery. While they were continuing their investigation. Fitz/Simmons traced a video signal that seemed to be Amador's point of view; they quickly realised that Amador was looking at them. The van Fitz, Simmons and Skye were in was attacked by Amador, who drove into its side, knocking it over.

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Ward undercover in Belarus

After Melinda May and Phil Coulson captured Akela Amador, Fitz used the signal from the video technology in her eye to build Backscatter Glasses to impersonate her. Ward wore these glasses and went on her next mission. He used the key card Amador bought with the diamonds she stole to enter the Todorov Building in Minsk, Belarus. There he was given the awkward mission to seduce the guard. When this failed he knocked out the guard and entered a room with a series of strange symbols on the wall. After seeing the symbols, the Englishman informed him the mission was complete. As Ward left the building an alarm was triggered, and he fought his way out of the building. Along the way he accidentally looked in a mirror, alerting the Englishman of the deception, luckily Fitz/Simmons were able to remove Amador's false eye before it exploded.

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Ward plays cards with Leo Fitz

After the mission Ward played cards with Leo Fitz, who seemed strangely confident about his chances of beating Ward. Fitz claimed Ward had a tell which would reveal to Fitz if he was lying. However all of a sudden Fitz folded and left the table, leaving Ward confused. What Ward did not know was that Skye was behind him using the Backscatter Glasses to spy on Ward's cards, and when she told Fitz she would be able to see him naked, he panicked and left the game, although Skye did still use the glasses to see Ward naked.[10]

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Ward questions Skye and Miles Lydon

A few weeks later, the team was seemingly betrayed by Skye, who alerted her boyfriend, hacker Miles Lydon, that S.H.I.E.L.D. was closing in on him while tracking down a leak that endangered the life of Hong Kong resident Chan Ho Yin. Ward cuffed Skye and took her and Lydon into custody aboard the Bus. When Ward produced evidence that Lydon had accepted payment of one million dollars for the information that endangered Chan's life, Skye was infuriated and felt betrayed by Lydon.

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Ward and Skye hack into a computer

Later, when the operation to extract Chan from captivity by the Centipede Project (actually John Garrett's HYDRA-funded science group) went sour, Ward released Skye from custody and accepted her help in rescuing Coulson and Melinda May. Skye very quickly managed to hack Centipede's mainframe and release the locked doors, allowing Coulson and May to escape. Coulson later agreed to let Skye remain on the team as long as she came completely clean with the team and agreed to wear a Tracking Bracelet at all times. [11]

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Ward and Skye

Fitz continued to modify the new Night-Night Guns for Ward to inspect, he was however unsatisfied with the weight, and when he left he heard the team mocking him with funny voices. When strange deaths started occurring where the victims' bodies were found floating with a hole in the forehead, Coulson's team was sent to investigate. Ward found Skye following him and getting a little too close for comfort, although she insisted she was simply observing her S.O.. The team eventually found a connection between the victims and were able to find another man just a few minutes before he died. This man revealed that he was friends with the other victims and they had taken a Chitauri helmet during the Battle of New York, which had given them all an alien virus. The man later died and Simmons checked the team for the virus.

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Ward saves Jemma Simmons

When the team regrouped on the Bus, it was discovered that Jemma Simmons had been infected by the virus. Trapped on the Bus, they knew that when the virus killed her, it would cause an EMP which would crash the plane. Fitz helped her in an attempt to find a cure, and in a last ditch effort they used samples to the Chitauri helmet to produce one; however, it appeared to be fruitless. Simmons knocked out Fitz and jumped out of the plane to save the others, but the cure did in fact work and Ward jumped out of the Bus to rescue her. Ward administered the cure to Simmons during free-fall and used a parachute to save both their lives. This action earned him unquestionable trust with the group.[12]

When the team had a stopover at the installation known as The Hub, Agent Victoria Hand explained that enemy forces had obtained a weapon called the Overkill Device in Georgia, which had the power to wipe out their own missile systems and render S.H.I.E.L.D. defenseless. Ward volunteered for the mission, as did Melinda May, however Hand said they needed someone who could disarm the weapon so she assigned Ward and Agent Leo Fitz to the mission.

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Ward arrives in Georgia

Ward entered the assignment watching the back of the inexperienced Fitz. He went in search of his previous contact Yuri Dubrovsky, only to learn that Dubrovsky had been killed. They were taken hostage by a mob boss called Marta. Ward suggested various ways they could escape, none of which Fitz liked. However Fitz's technical knowledge came in helpful as he was able to repair the mob's television, which earned them a safe trip to where they needed to go.

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Ward with Leo Fitz in Georgia.

The next morning the pair used a camouflage blanket to hitch a ride on the underbelly of a truck which brought them to the compound. Ward took out the guards and they discovered the Overkill Device. While Fitz disarmed it, Ward learned that Hand had not sent in a rescue team. He tried to convince Fitz to leave before the alarm was sounded but Fitz refused. Fitz surprised Ward with his quick thinking, adaptability, and courage during the assignment, they managed to escape when Phil Coulson sent the Bus to rescue them.[7]

Dark Past

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Ward discovers some Dark Elf technology

After Thor saved the Earth from the wrath of Malekith and the Dark Elves, Ward, along with the rest of the team and S.H.I.E.L.D., proceeded to clean up the mess the battle had left in Greenwich. Any piece of alien technology was taken and stored away with S.H.I.E.L.D., Ward discovered a piece of Malekith's ship and took it away for storage. Later they were called to investigate the mystical weapon known as the Berserker Staff, which had been discovered by Norse Paganists leaders Jakob Nystrom and Petra Larsen.

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Ward struggles to contain his rage

While searching for the second piece of the Staff, Ward came across the piece and Professor Elliot Randolph, who the team had earlier consulted about the staff. Ward stopped Randolph from stealing the staff piece but as he attempted to take it from Randolph, the Staff infected Ward with its mystical strength but also brought back a dark memory he had long hidden. As the effects of the Staff continued to affect Ward, his anger rose, causing him to lash out at the other team members. Randolph was locked away on the Bus and questioned, and Coulson developed a theory that Randolph may in fact be an Asgardian. He had Ward test the theory by trying to stab Randolph in the neck, and Randolph bent the blade. He revealed he was in fact an ancient warrior who had destroyed the Staff and hidden the pieces across the world.

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Ward uses the Berserker Staff

The team finally located the final piece of the Staff thanks to Randolph. When Ward and the team arrived they were confronted by Jakob, who had beat them to the location. He stabbed Randolph in the heart with a piece of the staff, nearly killing him. Seeing no other choice, Ward grabbed a piece of the Staff and attacked Jakob. After a difficult battle, Ward defeated Jakob and the remaining Paganists, while also fighting through his own dark memory, which caused him to collapse at the end of the battle. When Petra and another Paganist arrived, Ward was exhausted and could barely stand, so Melinda May took the staff herself and defeated the Paganists.

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Ward begins a sexual relationship with May

Later at a bar, Ward apologized to Skye who let him know if he ever needed to talk she was there. As he went to his room he saw May with a bottle; after a brief moment of eye contact, she entered her room, leaving the door open, and Ward soon followed. Seeing May as the biggest threat to his mission, he allowed things to get intimate.[3]

Ward defended his team again when they were charged with investigating and protecting a woman called Hannah Hutchins from mysterious destructive events happening around her. The team learned the attacks were being done by Hutchins' old friend Tobias Ford, who had become trapped between dimensions. Ward tried to fight off the attacker and couldn't. In the end, Melinda May was able to convince the man to leave Hutchins alone, and Hutchins allowed him to die.

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Ward trains with May

Ward and May continued their relationship, often training together when they weren't going to bed together to release stress. They soon learned that a criminal called Edison Po had been broken out of prison with the help of Centipede Soldiers. Seeing the difficultly of their upcoming missions, Coulson recruited the help of Mike Peterson, who had been training as a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. Ward protested but Coulson was sure Peterson would be an asset to the team.

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Ward and Coulson in Lola

Coulson and Ward went on a mission to investigate one of the Centipede Soldiers who was identified in the CCTV, Brian Hayward. As they drove to the location of Hayward's sister, Ward managed to get Coulson to open up about his relationship with a previous relationship, which included dinners at the Richmond. When they met the sister of Hayward, Ward approached her telling her Brian had won the lottery and needed to contact them. They traced her call when she called her brother to tell him what had happened, giving them the current location of Centipede.

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Ward sees the explosion that seemingly kills Mike Peterson

The team attacked the location of Centipede, and engaged in a battle with the Centipede Soldiers. During the fight Ward threw himself in the path of a punch intended for May, much to her annoyance. In the aftermath of the battle Peterson was wounded and Brian Hayward was excecuted by Centipede. Back on the Bus Peterson received a call from Raina that his son Ace had been kidnapped by Centipede. The team met with Raina and Ward took a position with his sniper rifle; however, the position of the meeting didn't allow Ward to see their conversation. When they came back into view, Coulson was being taken by Centipede. Before he could react, a massive explosion seemingly killed Mike Peterson, and Ward was shot in the shoulder while Coulson was taken away in a helicopter.

Rescue Mission

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Ward defends Skye's worth on the plane

Ward was involved in the mission to rescue Coulson, this first involved the capture of Vanchat, a criminal who had connections to Raina. After threatening to throw him out of the Bus, Vanchat revealed vital information about Raina. Victoria Hand took a personal interest in the mission, however she had a strong distrust of Skye. When Skye tried to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D. Hand ordered her off the plane, she first asked Ward and May's opinion, although Ward defended her May said she was not of enough use. When Skye was leaving the plane Ward, Fitz and Simmons provided her with an untraceable phone to call them, trusting her to do her own investigation.

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Ward fights a Centipede Soldier

This plan was successful and Skye was able to give them Coulson's correct location, Victoria Hand believed he was in a different location so did not provide back-up. The team arrived at the area together, with some new gadgets provided by Fitz to take out the Centipede Soldiers. Ward engaged with one of these soldiers, and after a long and intense fight, used a Night-Night Bracelet to knock him out. Coulson was rescued by Skye and Raina was captured. Ward and the rest of the team gladly welcomed Coulson back onto the Bus and watched as Raina was taken away to prison by S.H.I.E.L.D..

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Ward and Skye at the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy

The team's next mission took them to the S.H.I.E.L.D. academy where someone was attacking the students with freezing weapons. Ward was tasked with interviewing the students to learn the truth about the attacks. Through his investigations the team were able to learn that the attacks were being done by Seth Dormer and Donnie Gill, the two students who had been injured in the attacks, as they had attacked each other to ensure they were not the suspects. The pair were being funded by Ian Quinn, and they launched their weather machine which caused a super storm, Ward became trapped with the other students in the middle of the storm. The machine was destroyed in the storm and Dormer was killed by a lightning strike and Gill was arrested.

True Colors

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Ward undercover

Ward assisted his team on other missions with his skills as an undercover specialist. He and May were teamed up on a mission to infiltrate a train where they had learned an item Quinn had paid for was being moved. Ward was tasked with appearing as a train conductor while the team searched for Quinn's purchase. While he was speaking to May while changing into his train conductor clothes, May revealed that she had told Coulson about their relationship, much to Ward's horror. Ward continued the mission but was attacked by one of Quinn's assassins. He alerted Coulson and the pair jumped from the train to safety. One of Quinn's guards threw a grenade which knocked them out, when they awoke they believed no time had passed and that the train had simply vanished.

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Ward tries to use the Holotable

Ward and Coulson made their way back to the Bus to try and figure out what had happened. They both however had a great deal of trouble operating the Holotable while they tried to research the grenade that was thrown at them. Ward took the opportunity to speak to Coulson about his relationship with May, Coulson warned him that if it ever endangered the team Ward would be punished by being forced to guard Emil Blonsky's cryocell, located at a facility in Barrow, Alaska. They were interrupted by the arrival of their seeming ally Luca Russo who was promptly murdered by Melinda May, who had been tortured by the traitorous Russo.

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Ward captures Ian Quinn

The team were able to locate Simmons back on the train and learned that Fitz and Skye had moved to Quinn's mansion, alone. The team attacked the mansion to rescue them. Ward arrived and shot Quinn's guards with the Night-Night Guns. Ian Quinn was quickly arrested but was found with blood on his hands. telling Coulson it was dangerous to make Skye go in alone. Skye was later found with two bullet wounds to the stomach after she had been shot by Quinn. Simmons was able to save her life by putting her in a Hyperbaric Chamber.

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Ward says he isn't blaming himself for Skye getting shot

Back on the Bus the team began thinking about finding some kind of medication for Skye to save her life. Ward took a moment and punched a S.H.I.E.L.D. jeep, Melinda May tried to comfort him and told him not to blame himself, but he responded by saying he wasn't blaming himself. May thought he was speaking about blaming Fitz and Coulson, but in reality he was blaming John Garrett, whom he knew had given the order for Skye to get shot. At the thought of losing Skye, Ward's feelings for her grew as his relationship with Melinda May waned.

The next day John Garrett arrived on the Bus asking to take Ian Quinn into custody, Coulson ordered Ward not to allow Quinn off the Bus, this led to a fist fight between Ward and Antoine Triplett, Garrett's new right hand man. However Coulson and Garrett were able to come to an understanding where Quinn would stay on the Bus until Skye's life had been saved.

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Ward raids the Guest House

The team traveled to the Guest House where Coulson had been treated for his own injuries, once they arrived they were unable to get through the doors as they did not have the correct passcode. So the team broke in and engaged in a fierce firefight with the guards. Garrett and Ward were able to kill both the guards but soon learned that the base had been set to self-destruct. Coulson and Fitz searched the base to find the GH.325 which had saved Coulson's life, while Ward and Garrett tried to turn off the self-destruct.

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Ward speaks to Skye as she recovers

Coulson and Fitz were able to find the GH.325 and the team made their escape, Ward took Fitz back to the Bus to give the GH.325 to Simmons. Garrett and Coulson soon arrived just as the base exploded, when Coulson arrived he ordered Simmons not to give Skye the serum but she already had. Skye began to spasm but soon her heartbeat became more regular and she began to recover.

As Skye recovered, Ward admitted to her that he blamed himself for her injury, but Skye reassured him by promising him that she would train harder after her recovery.

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Ward meets Lady Sif

The team found a signal in the desert which Coulson recognised as the arrival of an Asgardian. The team drove to the location of the signal and witnessed the arrival of Lady Sif, whom Coulson had briefly met in New Mexico. Lady Sif explained that an powerful sorceress named Lorelei had escaped the Asgardian dungeons during the war with Malekith and the Dark Elves. She had the power to control the will of men with her voice and touch, and this power had previously allowed her to almost take control of Asgard.

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Ward under mind control by Lorelei

The team tracked her down where she had already amounted a small army of local police and a biker gang, who were all blindly loyal to her. Ward fought many of the bikers, and his fighting skills greatly impressed Lorelei, who was able to use her voice to put Ward under her power. He drove her away to safety and willingly gave her information about the team. After spending the night together in Las Vegas, Ward was candid with Lorelei about his feelings toward Skye and May and told her that Coulson's Team stood between her and world domination.

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Ward tries to shoot Melinda May

Together, they hijacked the Bus, and took control of Leo Fitz. When Coulson arrived back on the Bus with Sif, Fitz told her he had repaired the Asgardian Collar needed to stop Lorelei, but in reality Ward locked her in the room and ejected her from the plane. Ward appeared with Lorelei and she kissed Ward in front of May to mock her, Ward had a lengthy fight with May, in which he eventually got the upper hand and aimed his gun at her. He would have killed her if his gun wasn't empty, Sif then managed to get the Collar around Lorelei, ending her control over Ward. May punched Ward in revenge, effectively ending their relationship.[13]

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Ward and Antoine Triplett

After Deathlok attacked John Garrett and Antoine Triplett, Coulson arranged a meeting with some of the heads of S.H.I.E.L.D. including Victoria Hand, Jasper Sitwell and Felix Blake. They discussed a plan to find and stop the Clairvoyant. Grant Ward witnessed Skye becoming an official S.H.I.E.L.D. agent so she could access the Index allowing S.H.I.E.L.D. to investigate the Clairvoyant. Ward was teamed with Triplett to investigate Elijah Fordham, they discussed what they would do when they found the Clairvoyant, Triplett discussing how he had lost his partner in an attack by the Clairvoyant, and asked Ward what he would do if Skye had died. Before they could find Fordham, they were called to help Felix Blake against Deathlok.

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Ward shoots and kills Thomas Nash

Deathlok was found in Pensacola, Florida, and he led a raiding party, including Ward, to Thomas Nash's location. After a few short battles with Deathlok, Nash was located, who was paralysed and spoke through a computer. Coulson swore to lock him away, Nash none-the-less continued to mock Coulson but when Nash threatened Skye's life, Ward fired a single shot into Nash's heart and killed him.[14]

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Ward argues with Coulson

After killing Nash, Ward was arrested and locked in the Cage. After a while Coulson had learned that the true Clairvoyant was in fact an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Coulson came into the Cage and confronted Ward, asking if he had been ordered to kill Nash to protect the real Clairvoyant, although Coulson was correct, Ward continued to lie and deny any knowledge about the Clairvoyant. However Skye informed Coulson that they had a serious problem, Coulson came back a few minutes later with Melinda May unconscious, now believing she was connected to the Clairvoyant. The Plane was taken over by S.H.I.E.L.D. and rerouted to the Hub.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War

Battle at the Hub

"Yeah, that straight version of you is something else; I don't even think Romanoff can pull that one."
John Garrett[src]
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Ward fights the S.H.I.E.L.D./HYDRA guards

During the S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War, Ward explained to Phil Coulson that Victoria Hand, who was believed to be the Clairvoyant, could not get the research and items stored on the Bus, so Coulson had Skye download all of the data onto an encrypted hard drive. They were later joined by John Garrett who had also been attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D., while they were on the Bus they received an encrypted message that revealed HYDRA was coming out of the shadows.

S.H.I.E.L.D. fired upon the Bus and the team escaped with the help of Leo Fitz's Mouse Hole. Ward and Skye worked together to battle through the Hub as they discussed their feelings towards each other. They shared their first kiss, and Ward ran out of their hiding place and fought off a dozen of the guards.

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Ward sees John Garrett being arrested

When Coulson, Leo Fitz, and Melinda May were surrounded by HYDRA agents and John Garrett, who revealed himself as both the Clairvoyant and a HYDRA operative, Ward and Skye were able to switch off the power in the facility which gave Coulson the opportunity to fight Garrett, they were able to overpower the HYDRA agents and Victoria Hand arrived to arrest the Garrett and the other HYDRA agents. Ward witnessed Garrett being taken away by S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson tried to comfort him and explain that his mentor was HYDRA. Ward however was already working out a plan to free Garrett.

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Ward transporting Garrett with Hand, moments before killing the S.H.I.E.L.D. guards

Ward requested to join Hand in transporting Garrett to the Fridge, claiming that Garrett was his S.O. and he'd like to be the one to lock the key to his cell. Once airborne, Victoria Hand mocked Garrett and asked Ward if he's like to kill the true Clairvoyant. Ward silently stood up and loaded his gun, Hand smiled awaiting Garrett's death, much to her surprise; however, Ward immediately shot and killed the two S.H.I.E.L.D. guards next to Garrett, before turning the gun on Hand and shooting her three times, killing her. He then freed Garrett and they escaped. As Garrett piloted the plane he retold Ward one of his many war stories while Ward contemplated his next move.[15]

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Ward introduces Raina to the "Clairvoyant"

Ward traveled to Raina's prison, fought and killed the guards and unlocked her cell door. This was immediately suspicious of Ward's presence so he presented her with a gift from the Clairvoyant, a new flowered dress. Ward took her to Havana, Cuba to introduce her to their mutual benefactor. At the Barbershop Headquarters, Garrett introduced himself and explained he was not the Clairvoyant as she expected, but a S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent with a high security clearance, Ward smiled at her confusion and disappointment. Garrett welcomed her to HYDRA. Ward and Garrett presented Raina with the drugs from the Guest House and the encrypted hard drive Skye had created so she could perfect Project Deathlok.

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Ward and Garrett raid the Fridge

Afterwards, they went off with Agent Kaminsky to raid the Fridge, Ward arrived pretending to be delivering John Garrett to his cell. However the guards refused to let them inside without Victoria Hand present, Ward claimed Hand was going to meetings to finish the HYDRA invasion. Realising they would not be able to convince the guards to let them in, Ward had Kaminsky fire at them from a helicopter until the guards let them in. Once inside Ward shot both guards and Garrett released a gas which killed all the remaining guards. Once inside Ward and Garrett began releasing its prisoners, including Blackout and Ian Quinn, and obtaining its confiscated weapons, including the Berserker Staff, the Peruvian 0-8-4, and the Gravitonium.

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Ward and Garrett at their secret HYDRA base

Raina spoke to Ward about how difficult it must be for him to have betrayed Coulson, Ward explained that although he owed Coulson something, he owed Garrett everything. Later however, Raina reported that only Skye could decrypt the hard drive, Ward was ordered to return to Coulson's Team to get the pass codes from her. Knowing that Coulson would have learnt that the Fridge had been raided, it was decided that Ward should look like his been in a fight. Before he went to Providence, Ward had Garrett hit him several times, damaging his face and cracking his ribs, as he punched him, Garrett made Ward recite that he was an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D..[16]

"Ward is HYDRA"

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Ward arrives at Providence

"I was on a mission. It wasn't personal."
"It was - you did not just say that. "It wasn't personal"?
"
―Grant Ward and Skye[src]

When Ward arrived at Providence, he was greeted by Skye and taken to Simmons to have his injuries looked at. He lied to Coulson's Team about the Fridge, telling them that he killed John Garrett as Garrett was freeing the prisoners. Coulson decided to take half the team to Portland, Oregon to pursue Blackout, but Agent Eric Koenig insisted that they all pass the Lie Detector first.

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Ward is questioned in the Lie Detector chair

Ward barely passed his test. He did this by using a piece thin piece of metal stabbed into his finger, when he told the truth he stabbed himself to give the machine the impression that his reaction to telling the truth and lying were the same. During the test it appeared that this technique was not working as Agent Koenig became suspicious of his answers and drew a gun. Ward worked out clever answers to questions like "Are you HYDRA" and when Ward was asked why he was there, he choose not to lie and simply answer he was there for Skye, which was true. Agent Koenig accepted these answers and welcomed Ward onto the base.

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The message Skye left at the Providence

Skye and Ward sat together and shared a romantic kiss, Ward opened up to Skye and told her that he was not a good man, and Skye tried to tell him he was. Later, when Skye and Koenig discussed using NSA satellites to watch the prison break, Ward knew it would expose his part in the scheme; therefore, he pretended that he agreed with the plan to ensure Skye remained unsuspicious and strangled Koenig, hiding his body in a closet. He then convinced Skye to leave with him on the Bus, telling her that Coulson needed her unlock the hard-drive, holding hands with her as they left.. Unknown to Ward, Skye had already found Koenig's body and learnt realised that he was a member of HYDRA. She had left the message "Ward is HYDRA" for her teammates to find and gone with him.

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Skye reveals she knows Ward is HYDRA

Ward flew to Ruthie's Skillet in Los Angeles since Skye told him that the encryption was location-based. He began to get nervous the longer Skye took to unlock the drive, but she insisted that it was more complicated than he understood. Ward noticed that more and more police officers were arriving in the cafe and asking members of the public to leave. Knowing he was about to be arrested he tried to get Skye to leave with him, but Skye revealed she knew his affiliation and had called the police. The officers attempted to arrest Ward but he easily fought them off, Skye tried to escape by getting herself arrested but Ward shot the two officers. Skye got in the car but as she tried to escape, Deathlok, Ward's back-up, apprehended her.

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Ward has a forced heart attack

Ward and Deathlok took Skye to the Bus, where Ward tried to explain to her that his feelings were real, but Skye was too upset to listen. She called him a murderer and a Nazi, much to Ward's anger, and told him she would not unlock the hard drive for him. Seeing that Skye would not answer to Ward, Garrett ordered Deathlok to shot Ward with a Heart Stopper to induce a heart attack. As Ward lay dying, Deathlok told Skye that he would only save him if Skye unlocked the drive. Although Skye hated Ward, she couldn't bear to watch him die so she agreed to unlock the drive. Deathlok brought Ward back to life, but Ward remained bitter about the incident for a long time afterwards.

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Ward talks to Maria Hill while piloting the Bus

As Ward prepared to fly the plane away to safety he was stopped when Maria Hill arrived. The two traded insults and Hill threatened to shoot Ward out of the sky if he attempted to escape, but Ward confidently said that not only did she no longer have that kind of authority any more and took off. What he did not know was Hill was simply distracting Ward long enough for Phil Coulson to board and rescue Skye. Coulson managed to get aboard Lola and drove out of the plane despite Ward and Deathlok shooting at them. Ward tried to turn the plane around and go after them, but Garrett ordered them to continue with their mission.[2]

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Ward drops Fitz/Simmons out of the plane

With the codes, Grant Ward returned to Cuba, and Raina was able to finish recreating GH.325. Garrett ordered the abandonment of the Barbershop Headquarters for the new Cybertek Manufacturing Facility, and Raina told Ward about rumors she had heard about Skye's parents. Before the members of the Centipede Project could leave, Ward found Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons spying on them. After he captured them, Fitz activated the EMP Joy Buzzer that further damaged Garrett, who was already suffering from organ failure. Ward ejected them in a Medical Pod from the Bus into the Atlantic Ocean. When he returned to Garrett, Ward learned that he had had Raina inject him with the GH.325. He witnessed Garrett's body beginning to spasm and glow, when he stopped, Ward asked him how he was feeling, Garrett simply answered, the universe.[4]

Battle at Cybertek

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Ward speaks to the mentally unstable John Garrett

"You know about Skye's parents, about the darkness that lies inside her. I believe in a world where her true nature will reveal itself. And when that day comes, maybe you two could be monsters together."
Raina[src]

Ward witnessed Garrett showing off his new strength as he ripped a door off it's hinges and began carving strange symbols on it. Ward tried to talk some sense into Garrett, with little success.

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Ward looks on in horror as Garrett murders General Jacobs

Ward travelled with John Garrett to the new Cybertek Manufacturing Facility. On the flight there, he became worried about the state of Garrett's mind. He confided his worries with Raina, who agreed to talk to Garrett. Despite his concerns, he stayed with Garrett. When they arrived at the Facility Garrett began to mock General Jacobs, who was being given a tour by Ian Quinn. Without warning Garrett brutally murdered the General by ripping out his rib, Ward looked on in horror.

With Garrett having botched the deal, Ward was forced to lock up Jacobs' entourage. After he had done that, he caught Raina and Quinn attempting to flee with the Gravitonium. He accused Raina of putting thoughts in Garrett's mind, though she insists that he's seeing clearly for the first time. She then changed the subject, claiming that Skye is the key to the evolutionary change coming to the world and when comes to pass, she and Ward could be together. Labeling Raina insane, Ward detested the notion that he could ever have a chance with Skye, as she perceived him as a monster. However, Raina cast doubt on that and asked if he was truly was a monster or was what Garrett made him, of which Ward was uncertain. She then reminded him of Skye's past and when her hidden darkness comes to light, they could be monsters together.

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Ward aims his gun at Skye

When Coulson's Team broke into the facility, Ward demanded Garrett give him some orders, only for his mentor to respond with confusing words about independence. He then received a call from Skye, who boasted that she had taken control of the Centipede Soldier control centre. After taunting Skye about Fitz/Simmons' supposed deaths, Garrett tasked Ward with apprehending Skye. He found Skye who had taken Kyle Zeller hostage with a bomb strapped around his chest. He called her bluff, reminding her that she could've let him die the last time but she didn't. Skye expressed pity for him for betraying their team, declaring Fitz a hero for wanting to believe there was good in Ward. As she stated that some people are just born evil, Ward concurred, admitting she woke up a weakness inside him. He aimed his gun at her and threatened to take what he wanted from her. Skye however remained strangely confident and told him she had a weapon more powerful than a bomb which would destroy him, when he asked why that was, she explained because he slept with her, and she was pissed off. Ward was then attacked by Melinda May with whom he engaged in a long battle. During the fight they tried to kill each other with buzzsaws and various other weapons they could find. The fight ended with Ward's foot nailed to the floor, several bruises, and a fractured larynx.

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Grant Ward being arrested by the government

Ward was brought before Coulson, angry that Ward had lied to them from day one. Coulson asked May if she got all her anger out, she said she hadn't as Ward was still alive, she also told him that Ward was unable to speak due to his fractured larynx. Coulson told him that Fitz/Simmons had survived his assassination attempt, although Fitz may never be the same again. Coulson left him a question: Who are you without John Garrett? He was then taken into custody by U.S. Marines.[17]

Lone Wolf

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Ward imprisoned at the Playground

Prisoner at the Playground

"I told Coulson weeks ago that I was willing to speak to you to give you intelligence. Why now? Something bad happened?"
―Grant Ward[src]

Grant Ward became a prisoner in one of the vaults in the Playground. In his time he hurt himself by running at the walls and other tactics. He also attempted suicide by cutting his wrists with a folded piece of paper. Once he recovered he refused to speak to anyone except Skye. For three months, Phil Coulson sat outside Ward's cell but Ward refused to speak.[18] Ward was eventually questioned by Skye about Carl Creel's connection with John Garrett and HYDRA. Ward told her about his gift. He also provided information on how HYDRA was communicating between its factions. Before Ward could give any information about Calvin Zabo, her father, Skye left and returned Ward to isolation.[19]

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Ward exercises while in his cell

Later when the team was attempting to track down Donnie Gill who had now gained cryogenic powers, Skye came down to gain information from Ward. The two were sidetracked, discussing Ward's alleged abuse by his family who are now considered well-known, respectable people. Ward told her that HYDRA, when coming after a gifted, will first try to recruit them or, if the former fails, terminate them. He also told Skye that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s morals were going to lead to its defeat.

Leo Fitz, feeling that the others were keeping secrets from him, discovered Ward in his cell and attempted to kill him out of revenge by taking the oxygen out of the cell. During this, Fitz revealed the team had left to go after Gill. Ward revealed that HYDRA brainwashed some of its agents, including Gill, who was used by HYDRA to take the Sandbox. Fitz allowed Ward to live.

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Ward gets too close to the Inertial Confinement Laser Barrier of his cell

Upon returning to the Playground, Skye confronted Ward, who reminded her of his promise to always tell her the truth. She wanted to know if he was brainwashed into working with HYDRA; he told her he wasn't. He then told her that he could lead her to her father.[20]

Bonding with the other agents, Skye admitted that she once had a crush on Ward. Meanwhile, Fitz felt that Ward was getting more respect than he was from the others. [21] Ward thought Skye wanted to talk about her father when she returned to Vault D weeks later, but she came to ask him about the Words of Creation. Ward told her that Raina was the one who gave him the information on Skye's father but she believed that Raina was playing him. Ward desperately hoped that she was not carving the Words of Creation. Their conversation gave Skye the clue she needed to recognize that Phil Coulson was the one writing them. Later when Raina told Coulson that she wanted to bring Skye to her father she realized that Ward was right after all.[22]

Transfer and Escape

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Ward speaks to Phil Coulson

"I sat in this chair every day for three and a half weeks, and you never said a word. But now you want to talk? Well, it's too late."
"Everything I told Skye was true. You know that. I haven't given you one bad piece of intel. Is that worth nothing?"
"You will never see Skye again."
"I thought we were rebuilding trust, Coulson. I can help you. I'm still part of your team."
"My team? You are not, nor will you ever be on my team. You dropped Fitz and Simmons out of a plane, you murdered Victoria Hand and Eric Koenig, you betrayed every one of us, you deluded son of a bitch!
"
Phil Coulson and Grant Ward[src]

When HYDRA attacked a United Nations summit posing as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and Grant's older brother Christian attempted to hunt down the agency, Coulson had Skye talk to Grant about his brother in hopes of finding out anything. Grant begged Skye not to let him know he was there. He then changed the conversation to Calvin Zabo only for Coulson to interrupt them and cut them off. Skye came back and Ward revealed to her that her father was trying to rescue her from HYDRA agents and that her mother was killed in the rescue attempt. Ward then tried to convince her to set him free so he could take her to him. Skye however revealed to him that he was being transferred to his brother's custody, much to his dismay.

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Ward in the custody of the FBI

Phil Coulson later came down as Grant tried to convince him he could still help them and that he was still part of his team. Coulson angrily listed the many atrocious actions Ward committed (dropping Fitz and Simmons out a plane, killing Victoria Hand and Eric Koenig) and told him that the only reason he was alive because he was of use and the only reason he was being transferred was because Christian was of more use. Coulson escorted him into a truck, advising the FBI agents not to give Ward a single inch. Inside the van, Ward managed to escape his handcuffs and overpower the soldiers.[18]

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On the bus

"Hey, Skye."
"Was that your cue? Where are you?"
"Just wanted to make sure you got my present. I promised him a face-to-face with Coulson. Probably not exactly what he had in mind. I'll be sending a few other gifts your way now and then."
"Like a cat bringing in dead birds? No, thanks."
"Just trying to be helpful.
"
―Grant Ward and Skye[src]

Ward knew that S.H.I.E.L.D. was pursuing him so he went a bus station in Philadelphia and, in a locker, got money and supplies. He also strapped explosives to himself which deterred Antoine Triplett from pursuing him.

The bus took Ward to Atlanta where he saw a woman on page 117 of her book. Calling himself Zack, he then helped Eliza and her son, Graham, onto a bus to Dallas. When Eliza wanted further conversation, he opted to sit with the woman reading her book, who was also on that bus. After flirting with her, Ward revealed that he knew she was an agent of Coulson's because she is still on page 117. Ward showed her his bomb and left the bus. However he boarded another bus headed to Boston with Lance Hunter on board.

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Ward meets Sunil Bakshi

In Boston, Ward met Sunil Bakshi in a bar run by a member of HYDRA. During the meeting, Ward asked Bakshi to whom he answered, as Strucker was overseas, to which Bakshi replied that he answered to Daniel Whitehall. Ward also asked if he could meet Whitehall, to which Bakshi replied that Whitehall was busy, but then Ward told him that he could get them close to Coulson. Ward then killed the bartender and the two HYDRA agents that accompanied Bakshi; Bakshi was then tied up and left for S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Ward shaves off his beard

Ward took shaved off his beard and put on a new clean suit before calling Sunil Bakshi's phone. When Skye answered, he greeted her and hoped that she liked his present of Bakshi and told her that he was planning on delivering similar presents to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the future.. He hung up the phone before she could trace the call, then made plans to see his brother. [23]

Killing Senator Ward

Grant found Christian as he was talking to his wife and setting up a date with his mistress. Grant had them go to the well from their past [3] that their parents buried. Christian was forced to uncover the well and Grant threatened to drop him inside if Christian refused to admit to his part in torturing Thomas in their youth.

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Grant confronting his brother Christian

Eventually, Christian tearfully admitted his part. Grant then embraced his brother and they walked back to the road together, making it appear to Christian that he had forgiven him, but in reality he was setting him up. Grant had recorded what Christian said. When they got back to the house, Grant killed Christian and their mother and father and burned down the house, making it appear to be a murder-suicide case. Grant put the recording of Christian's confession in the remains of the house to further ruin Christian's appearance to the public.

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Ward rejoins HYDRA and meets Daniel Whitehall and Calvin Zabo

Later, Ward had a meeting with Daniel Whitehall, asking if he could work with him in HYDRA. While they were talking, news footage aired of the alleged murder-suicide of Senator Christian Ward and his parents. Ward looked unsurprised. Calvin Zabo entered the meeting and Ward introduced himself. Zabo was immediately interested in Ward due to his experience being a part of Coulson's Team. Ward asked Zabo about his experiences meeting Coulson, claiming that it can be a tough experience dealing with his former leader. Zabo told him that he felt it was always good to look your enemy right in the eye. [24]

Capturing Skye

"First, you gave us Bakshi. Now you're back with HYDRA? Pick a side, Ward."
"Oh, I have. Don't worry.
"
Skye and Ward[src]
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Ward tells Skye to come with him to meet her father

Tracing the Tag Rounds injected into Raina,[22] Ward found her aboard the cloaked Bus and Whitehall had it surrounded by four HYDRA Quinjets. Ward boarded the Bus with other operatives as Skye, Melinda May, Lance Hunter, Antoine Triplett, Billy and Sam Koenig surrounded him with guns drawn. When Skye saw him working with HYDRA, she told him to pick a side; he told her that he has. Then he told them that if a shoot out began, all would die as the Quinjets would destroy the Bus. He promised that if Raina and Skye came willingly, nothing would happen. Sam Koenig asked what promise did he give his brother before killing him. Though the Koenig brothers had Ward in a cross fire, they chose not to shoot. The women left with Ward.

When Agent 33 reported to Whitehall that Raina was captured but Skye was also obtained by Ward, he frowned. She also told Whitehall that the Bus was not destroyed by Ward's promise; Whitehall told her that Ward did not have the authority to give that command and ordered her to have the Quinjets attack.[25]

Keeping His Promise

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Ward introduces Skye to her father

"Is it really that hard to see? It's love. Agent Ward believes that if he helps Skye fulfill her destiny, she will see him for who he truly is."
Raina to Daniel Whitehall[src]

Ward took Skye to the HYDRA base at the Ponce de León Theater‏‎ in San Juan; as they walked together Ward admired how much Melinda May taught her while he had been gone, noticing Skye was already looking for an escape strategy. He took Skye to reunite her with her father, who was waiting patiently. He left the pair alone to meet and catch up.

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Ward in a standoff with HYDRA

Daniel Whitehall decided to have a meeting with Ward, Raina, Skye, and Calvin Zabo to discern Ward's motivation for bringing the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to their base and defying his order to destroy the Bus. Raina revealed that Ward loved Skye and his desire for her outweighed his allegiance to HYDRA. When Whitehall ordered Skye to pick up the Diviner, it caused a dangerous stand-off, with Ward aiming his gun at the HYDRA guards. Although they were able to kill a few of Whitehall's men, Ward, Skye and Zabo were captured by HYDRA.

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Ward is held hostage by HYDRA

While bound and guarded by Agent 33, Ward asked her about her resemblance to Melinda May. She talked of her loyalty to Whitehall. Ward witnessed Whitehall torture Calvin Zabo and mock Skye about her mother's death. When the Battle for the Kree City began, Ward talked to the guard that replaced Agent 33 long enough for Zabo to free himself, sneak up behind the guard and kill him. Ward asked Zabo to free him, but he refused, citing that he did not want Ward and Skye to see him kill Whitehall.

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Ward is shot by Skye

Ward managed to free himself after Zabo left, then freed Skye, saying that he would get her to safety. However when Ward's back was turned, she took the dead guard's gun and shot Ward three times in the side and left him for dead. Ward was saved by the Bulletproof Vest he wore. Agent 33 came to him emotional over the death of Daniel Whitehall. He told her that she was free from HYDRA and, together, they can find her place in the world. She then helped the injured man leave the scene.[26]

Helping Agent 33

Over the next few weeks, Agent 33 treated Ward's injuries and nursed him back to health, they developed a strong flirtatious relationship and Ward felt he owed Agent 33 a debt.

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Ward in a diner with Agent 33

Ward was able to track down the inventor of the Photostatic Veil to a diner; once there, he and Agent 33 discussed their short history together while Ward ordered the pancakes from the waitress Rhonda. Agent 33 still struggled to make decisions for herself now that her controller Daniel Whitehall was dead. Before their pancakes could arrive, the inventor of the Veil got up to leave; Ward and Agent 33 pulled out their guns and captured him. They took him back to their hotel room and forced him to fix the mask. Although he was unable to remove the mask, he was able to get it working again to cover up her scars. Once he was finished, Ward killed him to ensure he did not tell anyone about them.

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Ward tries to cheer up Agent 33

When Ward returned, Agent 33 had turned her face into Skye's; using Skye's face she tried to seduce Ward, but he insisted that he wanted to be with her, not anyone else. He explained that his feelings for Skye had gone when she shot him. As she was clearly upset at the rejection, Ward cheered up Agent 33 by handing her Sunil Bakshi's file, who was being held in a prison by Glenn Talbot. He then proceeded to tell her a very edited story of how John Garrett saved him from his family's cruelty and how, after he had a confrontation with them, he was free to be his own man. Ward promised her they would kidnap Bakshi and help her gain revenge. [27]

Kidnapping of Sunil Bakshi

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Ward murders one of Glenn Talbot's guards

"What are you doing here?"
"Just lending a hand.
"
Sunil Bakshi and Grant Ward[src]

Using the Photostatic Veil to disguise herself as Glenn Talbot's wife, Carla, Agent 33 gained entry into the facility. Once she was inside she turned off the security cameras, allowing Ward to arrive and kill the guard. Together they located Sunil Bakshi, who was initially delighted to see Agent 33, believing her to still be loyal to HYDRA, although as soon as Ward appeared, he knew he was in danger. Agent 33 knocked him out and Ward took him outside in a wheelchair.

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Ward with Agent 33, aka Kara

Once they were back at the hotel, they tied down the captured Bakshi and used the Faustus method to brainwash him. Agent 33 was able to turn the mask off to reveal her true scarred face. Ward smiled at seeing her true identity and, to show her that it was time for a new beginning, introduced himself to her again, and she introduced herself by her real name, Kara. Kara then began to taunt Bakshi while Ward watched closely.[27]

Recruited by Coulson Again

"Hey baby."
"Hey sweetie. Why don't you stop by? Would love to catch up.
"
―Grant Ward and Phil Coulson[src]

In Mexico, Ward bought a cactus for his and Agent 33's house while she called her mother. However, Agent 33 was captured by Phil Coulson and Deathlok, and Coulson used her phone to call Ward to inform him of her capture. Ward immediately drove to the restaurant where Agent 33 was and was directed to a booth with Coulson in it. Ward listened as Coulson mapped out a deal, in which Ward would help infiltrate HYDRA and then have his bad memories wiped. Ward agreed to take the deal, and he and Agent 33 gathered their belongings in preparation for the mission. Ward took Sunil Bakshi along, to help with the infiltration. In Coulson's Quinjet, Ward asked how Leo Fitz was doing. Fitz exploded out of his seat at him, and had to be restrained by Coulson and Lance Hunter, leaving Ward's question unanswered.

Ward watched from the Quinjet as Bakshi and Deathlok met with List, where he realized that the mission was about finding Skye. When List left for Milwaukee, Ward and the others followed him to Calvin Zabo's old office, where the HYDRA agents stormed the building in an attempt to capture any gifted individuals. Ward, Coulson, Agent 33, and Lance Hunter went inside as well, separating in an attempt to find Skye. Ward and Coulson fought their way through many HYDRA agents, before seeing Skye, who started towards them before suddenly being teleported away by Gordon. When Agent 33 found them with an injured Hunter, Ward advised Coulson to retreat, since they were outmanned and outgunned.

Personality

True Personality

"I'm everyone's type."
―Grant Ward[src]

In reality, Ward is a master manipulator, who is able to adjust his personality in order to gain the trust of others. While he still manages to retain a calm and collected personality, he has very little of the loyalty or morals that he previously demonstrated. His only loyalty is to John Garrett, to whom he claims he owes everything. He does seem to have some reservations about Garrett's actions. Beyond that, he seems more than willing to work against Coulson and his team. However, he could not bring himself to directly murder Fitz and Simmons and instead ejected them into the ocean.

During his imprisonment, Ward evolved to being his own person, as he was previously restricted by his almost blind loyalty towards Garrett, to the point of even ignoring his own desires. Ward became more remorseless and manipulative; he knew Skye's pressure points and attempted to use his knowledge of her father to exploit them. He murdered numerous guards during his escape and threatened to blow up a bus full of innocent people. He also murdered his brother and parents as revenge for the years of abuse they put him through, before finally being reinstated as a member of HYDRA, despite having rejoined them so as to aid S.H.I.E.L.D from the inside. While Ward does manage to retrieve Raina and Skye, he did not destroy the Bus, despite Whitehall's ordering him to do so. However, as Raina pointed, the only reason for Ward's actions in aiding both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA was that he loved Skye, and his feelings for her have outweighed any allegiances he once had.

S.H.I.E.L.D. Identity

"I'm agent Grant Ward. I could rupture your spleen with my left pinky... blindfolded."
Jemma Simmons imitating Grant Ward[src]

Grant Ward, while infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D., generally has a bad temper but is able to stay calm and collected during sticky situations. He is slightly anti-social with strong morals and is known to be 'deadly'. On his days off, however, he enjoys a nice book or even singing along to his favorite West Side Story song. As time progresses, Ward seems to soften somewhat, developing friendships with his fellow Agents, which eventually is cemented upon rescuing Agent Simmons after she jumps from the Bus. Ward does not seem overtly interested in relationships but for a time has a purely sexual relationship with Agent May. However, when he begins to develop feelings for Skye, this arrangement ends.

Abilities

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  • Master Martial Artist: Ward is an expert in hand to hand combat. Maria Hill evaluated his fighting skills with the highest available marks for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s standards.
  • Master Marksman: Ward is an extremely accurate marksman skilled in sharpshooting and sniping. John Garrett recommended Ward to take this course in S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy after Ward spent time in the woods using this skill to hunt for food. Ward has famously made a shot from over 1000 yards; Ward says it was 2000.
  • Multilingualism: He is fluent 6 languages, including English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and one more. Ward used this skill in missions in Paris, South Ossetia, and Peru, most times as an undercover agent. He has used such skills on the train in Italy, in the Todorov Building in Belarus, and when arriving at the Barbershop Headquarters in Cuba.
  • Master Spy: Ward is a proficient agent trained in espionage, stealth, disguise and infiltration. He has spent years on some missions as an undercover agent. When taking a Lie Detector test, Ward put splinters of cable wire into his fingers to confuse the sensors. Infamously, Ward used this skill to infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. as a HYDRA operative, spending years gaining trust and respect. When questioned by Raina, he explained to her methods that he used to solidify his place on Coulson's Team.
  • Expert Pilot: Ward is a competent pilot, able to maneuver a huge aircraft such as the Bus.
  • Expert Tactician: When Ward suspected that S.H.I.E.L.D. was pursuing him, he knew that they would send agents that he had never met. Ward observed that Bobbi Morse was not changing her page as she pretended to read a book. He also spotted Antoine Triplett at the bus station, subtly revealing his explosives to the agent.

Equipment

Weapons

As an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a HYDRA operative, Ward is highly skilled with all types of firearms.

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  • M4A1 Carbine: The standard weapon used by S.H.I.E.L.D. Strike Team members, that Ward also used while tracking Deathlok and the Clairvoyant in Florida.
  • Nemesis Arms Vanquish: During his first mission with Phil Coulson and his team, Ward assembled a Nemesis Arms Vanquish rifle along with a telescopic sight, bipod, suppressor and railed handguard in case Michael Peterson had to be killed due to the instability of the Extremis in his blood.
  • Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout: Ward used this rifle to act as a sniper during the hostage exchange when Ace Peterson was to be liberated by Raina and Phil Coulson became kidnapped by the Centipede Project.
  • McMillan Tac-50: Ward oobtained one of these rifles and used it to hunt during his days in the forest of Wyoming.
  • Garrote: Ward carried a polyfiber garrote with metal handles as one of his hidden weapons when he went to a rendez-vous with Phil Coulson in Mexico. However, he had to put it in a table along the rest of his weapons when Deathlok scanned him to protect Coulson.
  • Wenoka Squeeze Lock Knife: Ward carried a knife as one of his hidden weapons when he went to a rendez-vous with Phil Coulson in Mexico. However, he had to put it in a table along the rest of his weapons when Deathlok scanned him to protect Coulson.
  • Thunderstick: A small staff that releases a wave of sonic energy to incapacitate surrounding targets, Ward used it to escape from a group of rebels that were surrounding his inexperienced teammates in Peru.
  • Night-Night Pistol: Sometimes, Ward needed to apply non-lethal force to subdue a target without permanent harm, favoring the use of the Night-Night Pistol designed by Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. This weapon renders the target unconscious to be safely captured, such as when he raided Ian Quinn's mansion in Italy while searching for Skye.
  • I.C.E.R. (Pistol Version): After Agent Leo Fitz improved the technology of the Night-Night Gun, Coulson changed the now obsolete weapon and favored the use of the pistol version of the I.C.E.R.s. He used two of these in a fight during the Battle at the Hub.
  • Berserker Staff: Ward accidentally touched the staff in Seville, gaining superhuman strength, but being overwhelmed by memories of his childhood. Having already suffered its side effects, Ward used the staff as a weapon in Ireland to defeat a group of Norse Paganists.

Other Equipment

Relationships

Family

Allies

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Appearances

Appearances for Grant Ward

Behind the Scenes

  • Brett Dalton and his character Grant Ward share the same birthday.
  • The writers of the show limit the actors' knowledge of future events. Due to this, Dalton himself had no idea Grant Ward was a member of HYDRA until shortly before the reveal.

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