Fans of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ know that the finale of Season 5 brought about the death of Agent Phil Coulson. However, we were quick to discover that Clark Gregg would be returning in a role that was not quite Agent Coulson.

Giving an interview on the set of the show, Chloe Bennet, who plays Daisy on ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ spoke about how the rest of the team was mourning Agent Coulson. Knowing that someone or something that looks like Coulson will be appearing in Season 6 has fans wondering if Bennet was just trying to keep us in the dark.

However, Bennet mentioned that her words were true, saying:

“I wasn’t lying. We have been mourning Coulson.”

While it was hard for fans to not have the answers going into Season 6, Gregg admitted that he struggled as well, saying:

“It’s been weird having to stay quiet. This has been a weird one because we’re not on the air, we’re taking a year off… and because Season 6, you’ll see, takes a lot of chances, once again. And it’s a little weird to not have ever seen any of it. I’m nervous!”

Keeping Gregg’s return a secret was of the utmost importance, and Bennet and castmate Elizabeth Henstridge admit that everyone “was very paranoid about even getting any glimpse of him on social media, on set….”

Gregg himself said:

“We take it pretty seriously,” as “a kind of trust exercise.”

A concern among the team was that bringing the character back would undo the ending given to Coulson in season 5. Gregg explained:

“We thought the stuff in Season 5, and the way it ended, was really heavy, and beautifully done, and beautifully written, and we didn’t want to buy that back cheaply. And I don’t think they did. What they’re doing doesn’t betray that, so we were happy to keep the secret until it felt appropriate.”

While the details about who or what Phil Coulson will be in Season 6 has been kept tightly under wraps, a promo for the upcoming season features him claiming to have never heard of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Gregg offered a warning to fans who were asking for a Coulson return, saying:

“They might be a little disturbed.”

Bennet also spoke about this, saying:

“They won’t realize how much of Phil is really Clark, and how much of a departure this new character is. To see Clark do something very, very different, I think, will actually be a fun treat for fans to see.”

‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ returns this summer!