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Nick Blood Talks Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hunter's Past, and Getting Revenge

We talk to the actor about his character's humor and what Hunter would do stranded on an alien planet.

If you've been watching Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., you know how great of a character Nick Blood's Lance Hunter is. Coming in at the beginning of Season 2, we didn't really expect too much from him but when the chips were down, there was there by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s side and has become an important part of the team. With Grant Ward's attack against Mockingbird, Hunter is out for revenge. After this week's episode, that mission has changed a little.

We talked to Nick Blood about the character to get a little more insight from his perspective and what it's like shooting some of the recent episodes.

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COMIC VINE: First of all, I have to say, you have the coolest name. It could be a comic character’s name.

NICK BLOOD: [laughs] I can’t take any credit for it. It’s all down to my dad.

CV: What’s it been like having a bigger role this season in your quest for revenge?

NICK BLOOD: More lines to learn, earlier starts, longer days, you know. Nah, it’s been really good. I’ve had some really good stuff to do. It was nice getting a chance to do the undercover stuff with May. I was really excited when I got the script for episode 3. They’ve obviously put a lot of thought into how Hunter might go about getting into this whole HYDRA underground movement. It was a lot of fun just getting to go a bit rogue. I finally got to do some scenes with Brett Dalton—well almost. I don’t think we directly said anything. We didn’t actually look at each other while we spoke to each other. So we still didn’t do a face to face in the scene really—well except for one line. I think it’s the only line we’ve ever said to each other in the whole of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So that was nice.

CV: What does the cast do to look at Ward with contempt when Brett Dalton is such a charming guy?

NICK BLOOD: [laughs] Well that’s the thing, he comes across as charming but in truth he’s an absolute asshole. But I’m joking, he’s great. He’s a really sweet guy, Brett. I think he does great as Ward and he has a lot of fun. At the end of the day, your job is to act. Obviously it takes a hell of a lot of acting to convince an audience that Hunter could, in any way, be attracted to Bobbi. It’s the same sort of skill with Brett.

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CV: Did you enjoy shooting the Fight Club-type scene from a couple episodes back?

NICK BLOOD: It’s nice because you’re doing things in puzzle like pieces. You come into a scene having not shot the previous scene in sequence so you have to muster up the right motivation or whatever for each scene. In something like that scene, where you’ve got a really strong objective, it just means you can really get into it. Thankfully we had great support from the stunt team who coordinated the fight. It’s nice playing the extremes. It makes your job a bit easier, in a way, playing those extremes because it’s very clear what you’ve got to do.

CV: Will the fact that Hunter killed a guy come up again?

NICK BLOOD: I think that’s probably newer for the audience than it is for Hunter. I think Hunter, in his past, has probably done some morally questionable acts. I think it’s just the first time that S.H.I.E.L.D. and the audience can actually see what maybe he got up to before he was part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. That’s not to say he’s ever been a vicious, vindictive, or immoral person. I think he’s just kind of straddled that line between right and wrong. He’s willing to push the boundaries to get what he needs to get done.

CV: We’ve seen Hunter do a lot of different things with S.H.I.E.L.D. After he gets pulled off the Ward mission in this week’s episode, what else can Hunter do to keep busy?

NICK BLOOD: Well, to keep busy, I think he’s going to be playing a lot of Scrabble. He’ll maybe be watching some football—proper football, not American football. Not “catch.” The internet is the internet so I’m sure he’ll find something.

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CV: You have a great knack for being funny in subtle ways like with Fitz and Daisy and Mack in the truck. Will we see more humor from Hunter?

NICK BLOOD: You’ll have to ask the writers. I mean he’s never far away. He’s quite good for that light release in moments of drama. He manages to keep himself and the team smiling a bit and not taking it too seriously. So yeah, he’s never far away from that. I’m very fortunate that the writers give me some good lines.

CV: We saw how amazing Simmons was on the alien planet. How do you think Hunter would have done if he got pulled into the portal instead?

NICK BLOOD: Oh man. I think he’d get very very bored very very quickly. I mean, he’s resourceful and could work it out. I imagine he’d go and be like, “Alright, I’m gonna get this monster thing.” But I think he’d probably get overtaken by the monster. He’d probably thank god it was Simmons that got sent over there and not Hunter. He probably wouldn’t last very long in that situation. He’d have no audience for his jokes so he’d probably go mad. I think he’d go absolutely insane quite quickly

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CV: We haven’t really seen Hunter interact with any other Inhumans, besides Daisy. How do you think he’d handle that?

NICK BLOOD: With good humor. [laughs] I don’t think Hunter has too much time on his hands to understand other people too much. He takes them at face value and moves on pretty quick. I think he’d be slightly weirded out and keep his distance—keep a safe distance.

CV: We only know a little about Hunter’s past. Would you like to see it explored more?

NICK BLOOD: Yeah, definitely. Like when he had his first kiss or learned to ride a bike and all those sorts of things. What traumatic events when on in his childhood to provoke him into pursuing the life of a mercenary. I’d be interested in seeing what his family background was like. Did he get hugs as a child and maybe that’s why he deals with everything with humor because of the trauma of his childhood.

CV: With the earlier reports about a possible pilot for Marvel’s Most Wanted featuring Hunter and Bobbi, would being on a show with that title give you an ego boost?

NICK BLOOD: [laughs] Would it give me an ego boost? I’d be slightly embarrassed if that was used as a pun to describe it. I think as an actor you get enough of an ego boost to last a lifetime so I don’t need anymore.

Be sure to catch more of Hunter's exploits and hijinks each week on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Tuesdays on ABC.