Whatever cliffhanger we might see during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s fifth season finale on Friday, it will be a long wait to be resolved.
ABC has released its fall season schedule and despite a last-minute renewal, S.H.I.E.L.D. is not on it. Instead, the program will move to the Summer Season of 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Which means the cliffhanger may include people fading from existence in the wake of Avengers: Infinity War. When the show does return, it will be a for a shorter 13-episode season.
The program has never been a ratings darling for the network, holding onto a Tuesday 9pm timeslot for its first three years before moving to 10pm for season four and Fridays at 9pm this year. Season 5 was also delayed as the Friday timeslot was first used for Marvel’s moribund Inhumans television show. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted in December, running almost uninterrupted since.
In its place for the fall, ABC will air the Fred Savage/Ricky Gervais game show Child Support.
The summer season move suggests Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — and its 13 episode order — may be a creative gain for the show, but signals that next year may finally be the true end for the resilient S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.