SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “Past Life,” the latest episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
As the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fought to return to their proper time, they suffered a few casualties along the way. In “Past Life,” the latest episode, they lost their allies Deke and Enoch, even as they were able to deal a killing blow to an enraged Kasius.
Both Deke and Enoch sacrificed themselves so that Coulson’s team could return home and hopefully prevent Earth’s destruction. At the start of the episode, Enoch stayed behind on the Zephyr as everyone else infiltrated the Lighthouse to recover Flint and enlist his help in restoring the monolith that sent them there in the first place. On the Zephyr, he intended to power up a machine Fitz and Simmons built in the past, which would cause the monolith to activate and send them home.
As with most of the agents’ plans, it quickly went awry. Enoch was discovered by the Kree before he got the machine online. Begrudgingly, Deke volunteered to go help Enoch out. “I knew the moment I laid eyes on all of you that it was going to spell my downfall,” he said. “I’ll go. I’ll secure the machine and save the weird robot.”
“I’m kind of trying to do the whole hero thing here, man,” he explained. “You guys get killed. Who saves the world then? I told my parents not to believe in this roach crap fairy tale and they went and they died for it anyway and I’m probably next in line, but there is no way in hell that I’m going to let some blue creeper destroy that machine before I get to see whether or not that damn thing was worth any of this.”
Daisy volunteered to go with him, planning to stay behind so that she could prevent Earth’s destruction, but Deke wouldn’t let her. “You drive me out of my skull. This part of you — this impetuous, bullheaded squabbler,” he spat, but then his tone softened. “When the other side of you is a friggin’ hero who can’t help herself but do good and be great. The world needs that person to make it home. Just try not to destroy it when you get there.” With that, he turned and left for the Zephyr.
Unfortunately, the Kree broke into the Zephyr’s lab before Deke reached Enoch. The Kree soldier wounded Enoch with a blow of his sword, slicing into the robot’s head and chest. Deke showed up in time to stop the Kree from dealing a fatal blow to Enoch, but the gunshot caused the alien to slam into the machine and break part of it.
“I think this vessel is too damaged to power the monolith,” Enoch explained as they attempted to repair the machine. He offered himself as a battery instead. “My battery has sustained me for more than 32,000 Earth years. Modifying the cell stack could create a thermal feedback capable of delivering more than enough power… I will expire, knowing I returned my friends home, and then my battery chemistry will consume my body in an exothermic reaction violent enough to decimate several levels of the Lighthouse.”
“So it’s not great for the guy that’s standing next to you flipping the switch,” Deke said with realization, to which Enoch said, “That person would be completely atomized.” Nevertheless, Deke agreed to move forward with the plan, and both characters appeared to be killed in the subsequent explosion.
On the other hand, Kasius’ death was a bit more bloody. He personally went toe-to-toe with Mack after taking an elixir that “burns through the body, all strength, no pain, a fearsome last stand, a brilliant flash of violent splendor” — which caused an effect Daisy compared to alien PCP.
The fight began just after Kasius got Mack alone in his arena. Kasius used future Yo-Yo to punish Mack; the Kree overlord downed the elixir and slit her throat as Mack watched. Kasius then leapt into the arena, where they battled. Just as Kasius overcame Mack, Simmons sneaked up behind him and slipped into his ear the device he used to cow his servants. This disoriented Kasius long enough for Mack to thrust his shotgun-ax through the Kree’s chest, killing him.
As Kasius fell to the ground, present Yo-Yo ran into the room and they embraced. Together, Mack, Yo-Yo and Simmons ran to meet the others at the monolith so that they could get back to their proper timeline.
Of course, these deaths may not come to pass if Coulson and the rest of his team are successful in preventing this timeline from coming to fruition. Though they appear to be stuck in a time loop, they could very well change their path and stop the Earth’s destruction. If they do so, the Lighthouse society will cease to exist, simply because it is not needed.
Returning Friday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 5 stars Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Ian De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, Jeff Ward, Eve Harlow, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Coy Stewart.