While this is news many out there likely saw coming, it doesn’t make it any less of a bummer now that it’s 100% official — Agents of SHIELD season 7 is going to be the final season over on ABC.
In a new statement (via Deadline), Marvel TV Jeph Loeb confirmed the news, and explained that a part of the appeal of ending the show at this point is that you can create a final season where all sorts of twists and turns have greater impact:
“When you know that’s what you’re doing, you can take greater risks, of life and death … Those kinds of decisions suddenly now are real on the table because you’re not playing how do we undo this when we get to the next season. You’re playing that this is going to be the end of the story.”
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There have been signs that Agents of SHIELD season 7 will be the end for ages now, mostly in that there was such an early renewal for it, a sign that ABC wanted to give the writers plenty of time to prepare, and that shows tend to get significantly more expensive entering a season 8. The ratings haven’t exactly been stellar for the show since the first couple of years on the air, so in a lot of ways, it’s impressive that it’s lasted as long as it has. We can’t imagine it being altogether affordable to make, either.
If there is one remaining joy of Agents of SHIELD as a program, it’s the simple fact that some of these characters could live on even after this show ends. Coulson has been featured in several different Marvel movies already, and while that iteration of Clark Gregg’s character may currently be gone, who knows if that is going to last? Even if it does, we could envision people like Mack, Daisy, or May being brought into some other movies or shows down the line … if they still have an interest in being a part of the larger SHIELD world.
Agents of SHIELD season 7 will air in 2020; meanwhile, there are still more episodes of season 6 to air this summer, including a two-part finale next month that you can read more about over at the link here.
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