History Headscratchers / AgentsOfSHIELD

28th Aug '17 3:14:47 PM hunter139
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** From what we've seen, Coulson isn't exactly a man who enjoys the spotlight, preferring to operate in the shadows. There may not be much of a reason for him to remain 'dead', but at the same time, there's not much of a point to revealing his survival either, besides causing some really unneeded drama for Audrey and possibly the Avengers as well. Combined with the guilt thing as mentioned above, and suffice to say, Coulson doesn't exactly have much reason to reveal his survival.
21st Aug '17 10:13:11 AM Discar
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** Note that while Coulson ''claimed'' he couldn't be in charge because he was dead, the President didn't seem to care about that. It's pretty clear that the real reason Coulson turned down the position was because of his guilt over Lincoln and everything else that happened in season 3.
17th Aug '17 9:31:42 PM Hawkeye86
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** There is no in-universe reason. Main/ExecutiveMeddling is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.

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** There is no in-universe reason. Main/ExecutiveMeddling is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now. The only difference is the first three seasons made easier reasons to justify it to the viewers.
17th Aug '17 9:25:56 PM Hawkeye86
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** There is no in-universe reason. ''Main/ExecutiveMeddling'' is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.

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** There is no in-universe reason. ''Main/ExecutiveMeddling'' Main/ExecutiveMeddling is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.
17th Aug '17 9:24:34 PM Hawkeye86
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** There is no in-universe reason. ''main/Executive meddling'' is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.

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** There is no in-universe reason. ''main/Executive meddling'' ''Main/ExecutiveMeddling'' is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.
17th Aug '17 9:23:33 PM Hawkeye86
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** There is no in-universe reason. ''Executive meddling'' is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.

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** There is no in-universe reason. ''Executive ''main/Executive meddling'' is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.
17th Aug '17 9:22:37 PM Hawkeye86
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** There is no in-universe reason. Executive meddling is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.

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** There is no in-universe reason. Executive meddling ''Executive meddling'' is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.
17th Aug '17 9:21:57 PM Hawkeye86
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** There is no in-universe reason. Executive meddling is the reason his death was kept a secret in the beginning of the show, and it's still the reason now.
17th Aug '17 6:48:00 PM Lightning4119
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[[folder:Why is Coulson still "dead"?]]
* At the start of Season 4, S.H.I.E.L.D. is no longer a black-ops group that's using the ATCU as a front and is now an official organization again. Coulson is replaced as Director because a dead man can't be in charge of an official organization. Why is Coulson still officially dead? It's not like he has any real in-universe reason left to hide besides avoiding an awkward reunion with Audrey, especially with the Coulson-May ship looking like it was about to set sail. Coulson wasn't a high-profile person to begin with, so the public wouldn't know either way whether he was alive or dead, and it doesn't seem like anyone in the intelligence community was particularly surprised to find out that he was alive after the first few episodes.
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12th Aug '17 11:25:23 PM Lightning4119
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** It's entirely possible that HYDRA elements are still operating under the guise of SHIELD agents, and the rest of the world is saying "better safe than sorry, we have other groups that can take care of national security until we can make sure HYDRA is taken down for real this time," and anyone who's still claiming to be SHIELD is flagged as a terrorist until they can be brought in, questioned, and either incarcerated or cleared. Remember that we're talking about an organization that freely ignores national borders ''and has a nuclear strike capability'' that has been infiltrated by a fascist organization that doesn't give a single solitary crap about collateral damage. Frankly, it's surprising there weren't more casualties.



** Raina is almost certainly expendable in the Clairvoyant's eyes, so it won't matter if Ward puts a round in her. That, plus Ward was probably working on an open mic.



* It's obviously still used to erase peoples memorie's and give them new identities, but without that blue alien guy, can they still bring people back from the dead?

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* It's obviously still used to erase peoples memorie's memories and give them new identities, but without that blue alien guy, can they still bring people back from the dead?
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