Despite having an upcoming season five finale titled “The End,” turns out it won’t be the end for ABC & Marvel TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the series has a little life left.
According to TVLine, ABC has renewed the series for a sixth but shortened season in the 2018-2019 season, with the show reportedly only getting 13 instead of its normal 22 episodes. There is no word if this shortened season is because it will officially wrap up the series but it seems a very likely bet with the fact that it has flirted with being canceled after its fourth season and somewhat with this current season.
Its future was so uncertain that co-showrunner Jed Whedon told TVLine in February that the season finale was being written as both a season finale and a possible series finale if ABC decided to pull the plug.
“Yeah, we’re ready for if this is the end,” Whedon said. “We’re definitely going to make it rewarding either way.”
Previously, after the fourth season which many saw as a welcome turning point for the series, ABC reportedly tried to cancel the series but parent company Disney stepped in to stop them.
There is no word when the sixth season would air, either in the fall or midseason, but it is unclear how things will go since recently the show had been tied lightly into the events of Avengers: Infinity War. With Avengers 4, the conclusion of events set up by Infinity War, not arriving till May it is not clear at all how things will be handled to keep the show from spoiling the films.