On the eve of the fifth season finale of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D showrunners Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell told Entertainment Weekly they were writing the season finale as a series ender, but does that mean the show is really at its end?
Fans have been preparing themselves emotionally to bid farewell to Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) and the other heroes of S.H.I.E.L.D as the team once more defeated Hydra, only to find themselves in the bleakest possible future. This last-ditch effort to save the world from ultimate destruction could be a fitting end for the team, and Whedon himself has said as much:
Yeah, we’re ready for if this is the end. We’re definitely going to make it rewarding either way.
This isn’t the first time the showrunners have readied themselves, and the audience, for the shows end according to Tancharoen:
We’ll never end something without the potential for more story, That’s how we’ve ended every season, because whenever we’ve come to the end of all the season’s past, we go into that mostly not knowing until the very last minute, so we’re basically doing the same thing to close out season 5. It can fit well as a possible series finale, and it can fit well as just another season’s end.
Rumors are now flying that the show will, in fact, return for at least one more season. Season five may have set up some major changes if the show does return. Several new characters have been introduced, as well as the writers giving Hydra a clean slate leaving ample room for creative storytelling and a new twist for the show. That said, Agent Coulson’s current story arc, which benefits the world if he doesn’t make it through the finale, could be the perfect show ender. Whedon further discussed the process:
What we don’t want to do is get to the end of the series and have gone off of something where you’re like, ‘Well, now it makes no sense. We want there to be a sense of resolution for the audience and a reward for the audience for being on this whole journey. We don’t want to leave them hanging with something that didn’t get paid off. That being said, not everybody is going to die in the finale, so those people will live on with stories to tell.
Not EVERYONE is going to die…? Cue the suspenseful music.
The show currently has low live viewing numbers, perhaps a result of the shift to the Friday night “death slot”, but fans have been shown to tune in at their convenience for an 88% increase of viewers over the course of the week. These numbers show that while not everyone is tuning in on Friday, the show still has a solid fan base.
Once the flagship of a burgeoning Marvel television presence – with the short-lived Agent Carter and Inhumans giving it their all – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has proven to be the last man standing, still trucking along five seasons in, at a slow and steady pace. The main thing giving fans hope, though, is that the season finale, set for May 18, has yet to be officially labeled as the series finale, so the show’s fate is still in flux. In past seasons the show’s renewal wasn’t announced until May, so we’ll likely have to wait until then to find out if our Agents will still be keeping Earth safe next fall. Of course, what we really want it to know is if we get six seasons, will we also get a movie?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs Fridays on ABC and stars Gregg, Wen, Chloe Bennet, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley. Will you continue to tune in if the show sticks around for another season? Let us know in the comments below, and visit us on GEEKFB.
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