Spoilers! Do not read unless you've seen Season 1 Episode 19, The Only Light in the Darkness.

Eric Koenig becomes very suspicious during the interrogation of Ward.

S.H.I.E.L.D. no longer exists. The agency has been labeled a terrorist organization. So why are you here?

WARD I'm an agent. It's my duty.

beeping, whirring

I need you to give that to me again.

It's my duty.

beeping, whirring

picks up pistol
I'm gonna ask you a follow-up. Agent Ward, are you associated with Hydra?

Yes. We all are. They've infiltrated the highest levels of our organization.

cocks pistol
Like you mean it. Are you Hydra?

I'm loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D... To Agent Coulson... And to my team.

Do you have another agenda here?
Agent Ward, why are you really here?

Skye. Came back for her. I want to spend time with her.

lowers pistol

WARD walks off wearing a lanyard

Later it is revealed that the lanyards are actually tracking devices so that he can monitor everyone's movements around the bunker.

Does Erik actually know that Ward is most likely Hydra? There was the possibility that the lie detector had given a false positive due to the pain Ward was in, so this small chance may have left a doubt in Erik's mind preventing him from shooting Ward on the spot. Additionally, at the time, Coulson and his team considered Ward to be one of themselves, so shooting him while the two were alone would have upset the team and turned them all against Erik. Because of these reasons, did Erik Koenig issue the lanyard to Ward with the intent to track him?

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No, Eric didn't know that Ward was Hydra or he would have killed him on the spot. Ward did pass the test using some tricks of his own against The Lie Detector.

One more point to note that Lanyards weren't manufactured after Eric's suspicion for Ward (if any). The tracking technology in Lanyard was already in existence as a part of generic safety measures (for the agent or against the agent; any agent could go rogue).

Keeping a Hydra agent inside the base could be dangerous too when you can simply kill or arrest that guy based on solid data from The Lie Detector which could be shown later to others.

  • Except Erik may not have been 100% certain that Ward was Hydra, especially due to the pain he was in. It also wouldn't have gone over well with Coulson's team if he had shot Ward while the two of them were alone, since they all viewed him as part of their team at the time. These are two reasons Erik may have wanted to monitor Ward rather than shoot him on the spot, hence this question.
    – Keavon
    Commented Oct 5, 2014 at 5:12
  • @Keavon But, he could have arrested him.
    – user931
    Commented Oct 5, 2014 at 5:29
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    One does not simply arrest Ward.
    – Keavon
    Commented Oct 5, 2014 at 5:32
  • Seeing how Eric kept turning his back on Ward (which got him killed,) I doubt that he was too suspicious. As far as Eric was concerned, Ward passed the lie detector test.
    – Chahk
    Commented Oct 6, 2014 at 19:24

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