Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s days always felt numbered, but after bucking the odds for years, the ABC series is finally set for its last mission.
Deadline reports the series 7th season — currently in production — will be the program’s last. “When you know you only have 13 more stories, you really do get a chance to see what that writers’ room is going to do when they can do anything,” Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb told the site. “It was the best kind of creative situation.”
Originally engineered as a companion piece to the yearly Marvel Cinematic Universe theatrical releases, the series broke away after the second season finale led directly into Avengers: Age of Ultron. Afterward, the show began to forge its own direction with occasional references to the Sokovia Accords and Thanos. At the same time, it maintained thematic ties the MCU. Season 4’s Darkhold storylines suggested the infamous book was one of the volumes Wong (Benedict Wong) mentioned as stolen in Doctor Strange. Season 5’s future-set storyline also took some its cues from the previous summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with its rag-tag humans and Kree aggressors.
Season 5 also felt like it was winding up for a finale, with its final episode literally titled “The End.” Then ABC gave it a surprise two-season renewal. According to Loeb, he and fellow executives producers Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell proposed building up to a proper ending with the 26-episode extension.
The series will be making its Hall H debut later this afternoon, but we’re going to presume any more details about Season 7 will remained classified until 2020.
The current season of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays on ABC.