Fans rejoiced when it was announced two months ago that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was being renewed for one more time, following several grueling days of facing a potential cancellation. Renewed for a 13-episode run, it was also revealed that the show would premiere in the summer of 2019, which makes this bit of news a bit surprising because according to star Chloe Bennet‘s Instagram, the sixth season is already slated to film as early as next week.

With a shorter run and almost a year to its premiere, it is very unusual to have a show film this early. Unless of course, some things have changed for the sixth season. It’s uncommon for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to actually begin filming this time of year for their usual 20+ episode run. I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of them reverting back to the normal episode count given the acclaim the past 2 seasons have garnered. It could also be a simple case of them wanting to get a good headstart and making the most of the actors’ schedule. Whatever it is, it is exciting to see the 6th season materialize as quickly as we’re seeing. We should be hearing about some new casting real soon as well.

Source: Instagram