Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just delivered one of its most action-packed and emotional finales. A lot happened in the span of 22 minutes and luckily we found out that this is not the ending for the series as it was picked up by ABC for a shorter sixth season. There was a fear that the fifth season would be its last, especially when you consider that some of the last few remaining sub-plots from the first season got solved. It even had the feeling that it could have ended with this episode, as we were faced with the biggest farewell since the exit of Bobbi and Hunter.
If you haven’t seen the latest episode, be wary that this article will reveal the ending of the last SHIELD episode and its biggest twist.
The show ended with Coulson accepting his own death and trying to move forward by finally actually visiting the magical place of Tahiti. He was given only a few days or weeks before he would truly die while spending some time with Melinda May. This left the question open if he will return in the sixth season, especially with the entire show being created to resurrect the famous agent. We know that he will make an appearance in Captain Marvel but that is all we know. Luckily, Clark Gregg confirmed talks about Coulson still having a role in the show.
“I have a meeting with [executive producers] Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and the showrunners and I know there is some interest in having me involved in this 13-episode season six. I don’t know in what form that will take, whether that will be flashbacks or hopefully some sexy dreams that Melinda May is having. [Laughs.] That would be nice. But that’s all I know so far. There is some desire that is going to be explained to me but it’s why this finale is so deep and emotional. I knew by then that this was really a farewell to that character and his life. It was also before we knew anything about whether or not we were picked up so the scene where he is saying goodbye to people was a scene that we couldn’t even rehearse or read aloud successfully. We just had to figure out where we were going to stand and start shooting it because it was just so emotional for me and everybody there.”
This opens up the question how exactly he will play into the upcoming season. Gregg has his own theories and flashbacks make quite a lot of sense. Many villains throughout the show have some kind of tie to Coulson, so it would make sense that their next great foe might be connected to him in some manner. He left the team a spaceship behind so they could leave earth for more galactic adventures where they’ll meet up with a Kree or Skrull that met Coulson during the events of Captain Marvel. It is still unsure how exactly this ties into the events of Avengers: Infinity War, as the team won’t be able to escape the famous snap from Thanos. The best theory is that the 2019 summer release is a way for the show to let the events of both Avengers films take place so that they can continue their own story without any interference from the films. There is the possibility that we get some references but we have a lot of time until we find out.