The underlying themes in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this week deal with the traitorous Ward and matters of family. Ward’s, Skye’s, SHIELD’s and Hunter’s former family member via marriage, Agent Morse aka the Hellbeast. The show opens with an attack on the United Nations with Whitehall’s HYDRA agents masquerading as SHIELD they kill a number of delegates and injure General Talbot. Amazingly, Talbot defends Coulson’s group against Christian Ward, the senator brother of Grant, and before the end of the episode, it appears that the general is a firm supporter of the spy organization.