Earlier this week, some news came out hinting at a shift in schedule and premiere date for Season 5 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. This news was quickly followed by statements from the man himself, Clark Gregg, saying that Season 5 would indeed premiere after Inhumans finishes its 8-episode run starting September. And because no concrete date was put out there, some fans (certainly me) thought that Season 5 would premiere as soon as the Inhumans finale airs. Well now, all that’s been cleared up as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. VFX supervisor Mark Kolpak took to Twitter to shed some bad news and good news.

The bad news: Season 5 will premiere in January of next year.

https://twitter.com/MarkKolpack/status/865404611418505216

The good news: there won’t be month-long breaks/gaps between episodes anymore!

https://twitter.com/MarkKolpack/status/865669708002902016

This fifth (and what some fans are hoping to be the final) season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have a interesting yet refreshing change of pace now that month-long gaps are gone. I know its a network standard by now its crazy frustrating having to wait 1 to 2 months for the next episode of a show you’re heavily invested in. But with that being said, one of the advantages of having season breaks in general for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., especially now that the writers are dividing the seasons into multiple arcs, is that you get self-contained stories with breathing room between them. Now that we’re getting 22 weeks worth of Coulson’s squad straight with no breaks, it’ll be interesting to see how it affects the overall pacing of the season.

What do you think of this news? Prefer them breaks between story arcs or do you want a season with momentum Let us know in the comments below!