Sometimes it feels like the show wants us to.
Does anyone else feel like, despite all of the things he's done, the show has been building up sympathy for Ward? Especially this week [spoilers], with the parallels he drew between himself and Coulson, the grief he still feels for Kara, and the perspective Daisy gave us about his childhood... they're definitely not saying he's a good guy, but are they trying to make us feel bad for him?
"Just because you grow up in a family of abusive monsters doesn’t mean you have to become one."
This line from Thomas is really excellent- saying that while we might understand where Ward is coming from, nothing excuses his actions. Then again, Ward and Coulson are a lot alike. Right now Coulson is being driven by rage over the murder of Roz, it's strongly implied that he's prepared to kill an innocent person to get to Ward, and even though Ward is a threat to S.H.E.I.E.L.D. it seems like Coulson is prioritizing his personal vendetta even though Hydra itself is up to some pretty bad news stuff.