‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Bosses Have Planned for a Possible Series Finale

As Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. celebrated its upcoming one hundredth episode this past Saturday, talk naturally turned to the season’s finale – and what will happen if this season is its last.

Showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen assured TVLine at the party that they’re making sure the final episode of season five will be a fitting end – to both the season and the show, if need be. Tancharoen said the finale works “either” as a season or series ender. Whedon added that they’re ready “if this is the end. We’re definitely going to make it rewarding either way.”

So, how worried should we be that this will, in fact, be the end for Agents of SHIELD? Its season five ratings haven’t been great thus far, but apparently it consistently gets one of broadcast TV’s largest Live+7 DVR gains for that demo. And of course, there’s always the fact that Disney pushed for its renewal at the end of last season. So it seems like there’s reason for hope.

Regardless, Tancharoen and Whedon are sure they’ll be able to polish up the finale to make it just right for either situation. Whedon went on to say,

We can certainly pivot and there are certain things that we’re putting in that at the last minute could be adjusted. But we know at the end we’re not moving off that mark. We’re going to do what we were planning to do, and I think that it’ll be thrilling either way.

As for the landmark one hundredth episode, the showrunners teased how much of an “emotional game changer” (in Tancharoen’s words) it will be. I’m sure I’m not alone in worrying juuust a little bit when I hear comments like that. If “nothing will be the same after” this ep (in Whedon’s words), just please, please tell me that’s not because Coulson dies again. For good this time. I would not be even slightly okay with this.

What do you think the show’s chances are? Would you rather it wrap up well this season, or are you hoping it’ll reach the two hundred episode mark? Let us know in the comments.