Tim Dekay, who is wrapping up a six-season run as FBI Agent Peter Burke on White Collar, has been cast is the role of turn-coat Grant Ward's (Brett Dalton) older, abusive brother, Senator Maynard Ward.
According to Zap2it, Dekay will make his debut in the sixth episode of the season entitled: A Fractured Rose. Through the first season we learned that Grant's brother was controlling and abusive, forcing Grant to beat up his younger brother and even pushed the youngest brother into a well and refused to let Grant help him. This led to Grant burning down the family house with Maynard inside. The oldest boy survived and pressed charges which in turn led to John Garrett (Bill Paxton) recruiting Grant into Hydra.
Could Senator Ward also be the "Senator with deep pockets" that General Glen Talbot (Adrian Pasdar) spoke of in last night's episode that has a mad-on to capture Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg)? Is Senator Ward just after SHIELD or is he part of Hydra?