Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD hasn’t been afraid to put its characters through the wringer in Season 5, and that goes double for Yo-Yo Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), who lost both arms during a brutal battle with General Hale’s daughter, Ruby (Dove Cameron) in “All the Comforts of Home.”
Yo-Yo’s recovery process has been slow and heartbreaking to watch, but hope emerged in “Principia” when Mack (Henry Simmons) retrieved two robotic arms to help get his partner back in fighting shape, and in episode 16, “Inside Voices” (airing April 6), we’ll see her put them to good use. Ahead of the episode’s debut, IGN has an exclusive first look at Yo-Yo with her high-tech new arms below.
While we’ve seen Yo-Yo struggling to come to terms with her injury (and what it might mean for the team’s future) in recent episodes, executive producers Jeff Bell and Jed Whedon tell IGN that Cordova-Buckley has been relishing the opportunity to get closer to her character’s comic book roots as Slingshot.
“We’re just being true to the character, you know? In the comics, when you first meet her in Secret Warriors – her first fight ever, she loses both arms,” Bell points out with a laugh.
“And Natalia’s been asking us for years,” Whedon adds.
“Ever since she showed up, she goes, ‘when do I lose my arms? When do I lose my arms?’ We’re like, ‘Coulson lost a hand! Come on, really?'” Bell agrees.
Check out how Cordova-Buckley looks on SHIELD versus her comic book iteration below.
As for the emotional ramifications of Yo-Yo’s injury, Whedon previews, “This is proof that everything that she saw in the future is coming true and is real. And I think that any part of her that doubted it – she sits with Mack in [episode] 11, and says, ‘yeah, maybe we’re gonna keep that from happening, maybe I shouldn’t think about it, maybe I shouldn’t worry about it too much.’ And now it’s happening much faster than she thought. So, I think her agenda of trying to fix these things and her emotional drive behind it will be intensified.”
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on ABC in the US.
Laura Prudom is the Executive TV Editor at IGN. You can talk to her on Twitter at @LauinLA.