“There is a saying ‘When you walk in mud, mud sticks to you’. If you stay around negative behaviour then you will be pulled towards this same negative behaviour. The longer or stronger the influence the quicker you become like it and the harder it is to avoid.” (x)
This! This is why Ward is not Evil. The influence that Garret had on him made Ward who he is. It was not his own choice or decision. Garret Mentally and Physically abused Ward and worse, taught him how to do it towards other people. It’s never too late to change and Ward can still change. That’s why he NEEDS Skye and Coulson and the rest of the team. They can all help undo the abusive programming Garret forced on him. They can help him truly change.
He’s not expressing confusion, he’s tilting his head for better sound localization. While having an ear on each side of the head is good for lateral echolocation, tilting the head so that the ears are offset gives it vertical depth.
Oh my gosh, that explains why some dogs put their head to one side when you talk to them. They’re not confused, they’re trying to listen to us better. Awww.