Even though we are still at least 6 months away from the release of the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., new information on details for the show has been more than plentiful over the last few days! We received the very first look of our time-traveling agents for the holidays, and today is bringing us even more for the new year. Thanks to our good friend Wikipedia, the titles of all 13 episodes in season 7 have been revealed!
1.) Know Your Onions
2.) The New Deal
3.) Alien Commies from the Future
4.) Out of the Past
5.) A Trout in the Milk
6.) Adapt or Die
7.) The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D
8.) After, Before
9.) As I Have Always Been
11.) Brand New Day
12.) The End is at Hand
13.) What We’re Fighting For
With so much time before the season premieres, it’s harder than usual to decipher exactly what the meanings behind all of the episodes are, or what the plots could entail. One thing I’m already noticing though is that overarching themes of the season seem to be, unsurprisingly, both time travel and the end of the S.H.I.E.L.D. era. However, from some of the episode titles, it seems possible that the team’s time-traveling adventures may not be limited to just the 1930’s. The New Deal is most like a reference to the time period the team travels to at the end of season 6, when historically, the USA was recovering from the Great Depression and President FDR enacted the New Deal program from 1933-39. After that though, things seem to get a little bit funkier.
Episode 7, The Totally Excellent Adventures of Mack and the D, seems to be more in line with a time period such as the 1980’s, which could potentially mean both exciting and immensely dangerous stakes for Phil Coulson and crew. While season 6 had the team looking for a way to exit a future where the Earth had been destroyed and the universe had fallen into complete chaos, it seems that now they will have to take an mind-blowing road trip through world history and S.H.I.E.L.D. history to solve their newest unknown mysteries.
On the production end, Episode 8, As I Have Always Been, will bring us the directorial debut of Elizabeth Henstridge, only the 2nd cast member to sit in the director’s chair after Clark Gregg in seasons 5 and 6, and we also know that the final 2 episodes are written by showrunners Jeffrey Bell and Jed Whedon, who have been on the team since the beginning. With all of this new information, even more questions continue to form in our minds as 2019 comes to a close. Season 7 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. premieres in the summer of 2020, and the wait is so anxiety-inducing right now that even time-travel may not calm any of the Marvel fans down!