Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Showrunners Discuss the Season 6 Finale

Warning: There are spoilers ahead for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 6!

Next summer, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be back on ABC for one last hurrah before concluding its seven-year run. But after last Friday’s season finale, the wait for the show’s return might be more than some viewers can handle. While speaking with, showrunners Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeff Bell elaborated on some of the finale’s surprises and hinted at what’s to come in the future…or should we say past?

Last week’s two-part episode delivered plenty of bombshells. May and Yo-Yo were seemingly on death’s door, only to be saved by a future version of Simmons. According to Whedon and Bell, they wanted to once again emphasize the agents’ readiness to lay down their lives for each other. Additionally, the trio explained their reasoning for bringing back Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson, this time as a Chronicom-enhanced LMD.

“There were multiple reasons we wanted to bring him back, but one of them was just for that feeling of ‘Yay! He’s back!’” said Whedon. “And a sense that we wanted to have that feeling and the audience might want to have that feeling. if we were going to get one more season, we were going to bring our guy back or a 2.0 version of him for our last adventure.”

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“We missed Coulson,” added Tanchareon. “We just missed him.”

Of course, no surprise caused as big a stir as the revelation that the team ended up stuck in Prohibition Era New York. After learning of the Chronicoms’ plan to make Earth their new home at S.H.I.E.L.D.’s expense, Fitz used the Zephyr’s revamped jump-drive to send them into the past. There, they’ll trace S.H.I.E.L.D.’s origins, which presents several exciting storytelling opportunities for season 7.

“The Chronicoms see us as their main threat,” explained Whedon. “We felt like going back was a way for us to reflect on our history, the history of S.H.I.E.L.D., and our show and our people, as we gear up for the end of all of it. Having an enemy that’s focused on us helps us build story that allows our characters to reflect on themselves and each other.”

Are you excited to see what the writers have planned for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s final season? Let us know in the comment section below!

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