‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 1 Finale Date Revealed

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 28th, 2014 at 7:18 am,

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[SPOILERS for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Episodes 1-15 Ahead.]


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to the airwaves on April Fools’ Day – a tad ironic, considering that life will be more serious and fraught with peril than ever for Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his tight-knit team. The show’s heroes are on a mission to take down the season’s big dangerous baddie, i.e. the enigmatic Clairvoyant; before that happens, they’ll have to get through Deathlok (the Clairvoyant’s cyborg mind-slave Mike Peterson, played by J. August Richards), in addition to having to cross paths with certain high-ranking governmental officials who may not necessarily be allies to their cause.

On top of that, there’s still the mystery of why S.H.I.E.L.D. boss Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was so determined to bring Coulson back from the dead after his Loki “incident,” why Agent May (Ming-Na Wen) has been trying to keep a lid on that secret, and just who/what is that big Dr. Manhattan-esque alien – literally, the reason that Coulson and Skye (Chloe Bennet) are still alive.

In other words, the stage is set for (we hope) lots of quality action, narrative resolution, and development of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the remaining seven episodes of the series’ first (and, so far, the only confirmed) 22-episode season.

Fortunately, there won’t be any additional breaks in the airing schedule once the show returns with “End of the Beginning” on April 1st, as ABC has announced that the S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1 finale (which doesn’t have an official title yet) will be unveiled on May 13th.

Here’s additional confirmation on that, via Gregg:

As for the future of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., we shall just have to wait and see how the series’ ratings are doing by that point (read: the finale air date) – and thus, what the implications are, as far as the chances that it will live on for another season or more are concerned.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in U.S. theaters a few days after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. restarts, so it shouldn’t be long thereafter before the show deals with the after-effects of that film’s supposedly game-changing developments in the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. The consequences should resonate on a far deeper level than the last time a Marvel Studios’ movie hit theaters, back when Thor: The Dark World arrived on the scene (and S.H.I.E.L.D. was still having a lot of trouble establishing its own identity).

Arguably, at this point, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become a flawed, yet increasingly satisfying espionage/drama series with comic book origins. The show was never going to be on par with the best in cable programming out there right now, even with (or, rather, because of) the Marvel forces behind it; others have pointed out that S.H.I.E.L.D. has so far charted a course fairly similar to WB/DC’s Arrow, which (knock on wood) hopefully means the series has only begun to hit its stride at last.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns with “End of the Beginning”, which airs on April 1st, 2014; the finale (title TBD) will follow six weeks later on May 13th.

Source: ABC [via Comicbook.com]

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  1. Clark Gregg had already mentioned on his Twitter that starting from April, there will be no break for the remaining 7 episodes. So, this news is actually not new for fans…

    As for whether it will have a 2nd season, highly likely it will be, especially since Whedon is still in charge to be it’s Clairvoyant until Age of Ultron (which does not come until May next year). I hope Cobie’s Maria Hill will have recurring role now after her contract with HIMYM ends.

    • Thanks for the heads up (read: Gregg’s Tweet)!

    • Agreed.

    • Some people don’t want to deal with the headaches known as Twitter and Facebook, so this is not news to ALL fans. I’m glad this article was done by ScreenRant. Thanks Sandy.

      • +1

      • Agreed.

    • Is Loki the Clairvoyant? Are Coulson and Ward robots? Will Skye get some annoying super powers(Binary vision like Neo)? I hope ABC adds Dazzler to the team next season with Coulson going undercover as her LMD tour manager. She could be a government agent posing as a rock star (like Elvis and Jim Morrison), the rest of the cast (minus super powered Skye) should die painful deaths at the end of season 1.

      • I’d like to see Dazzler…but isn’t she X-men property? Seems like that was where she first appeared in the comics, hence another studio?

        • I believe FOX may have the movie rights, but Marvel may retain the television rights. Being on a female centric network like ABC, I believe AOS needs a strong female leads (Dazzler and Skye) to be successful. Coulson would be better suited in a tertiary mentoring role.

          • Dazzler has never been a strong lead. She’s a second tier character at best. Also, this is not a show about superpowered beings, but about normal people in a superpowered world. Throwing a superhero in the mix would disrupt the balance. Having a Sif onboard every once in a while is cool but making some hero a main character is a bad idea. There are the forthcoming Netflix shows for that.

        • The Dazzler’s first appearance was in her own comic.
          Marvel’s first Direct Sale Only comic. (comic book shops; not available at news stands)
          Her last action (that I’m aware of) was with the X-Men.
          She fell in love with Longshot and is now in Mojo’s slice of the MU.

  2. Did anyone else see Ant-Man for a couple seconds towards the end of Marvel Studios- Assembling a Universe?

    • Yes! They showed him in two mini-scenes :P But it seems like it was all “old” demo footage…

  3. Story wise it’s improving. But it’s the show’s release date that frustrates me. As Gregg said “#nomorebreaks”.

  4. The show has gotten better and having invested in the show for all these weeks I hope it comes back for another season.

    I’ll be pissed if it doesnt. Just hope the early part of the show didnt ruin it for the future cause they didnt start off very well and alot of fans stopped watching.

    • Well said +1

  5. I know real Marvel fans who have checked out of this series, and that’s not a good sign. Not sure whether their big push will cause anyone to notice, but let’s hope they get some sort of connection going with Winter Soldier. Thor’s ‘connection’ was incredibly weak, which really demonstrated why AofS was doomed to beginwith. We deserve better than this – let’s hope they get the message.

  6. For all it’s worth, I’d really like to see this show continues to season 2 and more. It’s a decent show, albeit a bit problematic, and it looks to be getting better in the last few episodes. Marvel can use it as some kind of a hub to its movie universe while having its own running stories.

    • Agreed, indeed, Riker!

  7. First off thanks Sandy for an awesome informative article and being nice to Agents.

    Let us not forget shows that kinda sucked when they first started. I could compare it to Arrow but I am gonna go with Buffy. Season 1 was not really that good viewed on it’s own. It was the 90s and we didn’t have the awesome shows we do today. But when viewed in context the 1st season provides an integral part of the story.

    I just want the show to make it to the second season so we can have them go rogue, kill off one of the characters (Ward or Skye) and season 2 ends up like the final season of Fringe or the alternate reality where Buffy never arrived at Sunnydale. Take them out of their little plane with Coulson’s flying car and FitzSimmons state of the art lab. Have them on the run, wanted by the government for treason after they defect (following Nick Fury’s faked death). And without these resources, when Ward takes a bullet for Skye, he stays dead. AND instead of having Gravitron and Blizzard escape from SHIELD custody, you have them turned into The Thunderbolts, sent by a post Winter Soldier SHIELD to take out the team.

    • That is absolutely horrible. I’m expecting a death of some kind but I don’t get why people dislike Skye so much. Easily one of the best characters only behind Fitzsimmons and Coulson.

      • I’m a Ward fan myself. Just wish he’d quit “dancing the Rumba” under the sheets with May. She is way to be-yotchy for my tastes.

      • I don’t hate Skye and wasn’t suggesting she get killed cause I don’t like her. Ward is still too wooden and under developed. But given the choice I’d rather either of them bite the bullet then Coulson, May or FitzSimmons. Wasn’t trying to troll. One of the biggest fans this show has here.

  8. The brakes are due to scheduling conflicts. The female simmons can never remember her name is also on justified on fx as a female prisoner.

    • No, she isn’t. She bears a slight resemblance to Danielle Panabaker (only slight) who plays Penny on Justified, but Henstridge is not on the show.

  9. I am enjoying this series. Anyone heard yet when/if Season #1 will be released on DVD, as well as the first season of Sleepy Hollow? I want to buy both sets (already have first season of Arrow). If anyone has a release date yet, please post here, thanx!!

  10. I enjoy Agents of Shield, but really hope someone smartens up and purchases the rights to T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents! I would love to see Dynamo, Noman, Menthor, Liughtning, and the rest either on TV as a series or up on the big screen! Potential there, studios…jump on it!!

  11. Hallellujah! #NoMoreBreaks!

  12. IF they get renewed, no way can they pull this crap every year. I don’t care what the excuse is. There was a period where there was only one episode over an eight week period. &^%$!

    • Fan reaction to the constant breaks has been so strong that if renewed I think it will likely get the same treatment that other flagship shows on ABC finally got this year. Once Upon A Time, Greys Anatomy, Scandal and Revenge each got broken up into two almost un-interupted runs this year (a fall and spring run). If Agent Carter gets green lit it will likely run during the break.

  13. i just saw the suicide squad episode from arrow, and that single episode is better than the whole season of AOS so far.

    • A: It took Arrow a season and a half to get to that point.
      B: Arrow is so good, because DC has barely developed any other properties.
      C: Even at it’s worst ratings, more people still watch Agents then Arrow.

      Stop trolling.

      • A. that single episode is still better than a whole season worth of episodes from AOS. regardless of how long it took to get to that point.

        B. movies yes. but Arrow and AOS are both on TV, and DC has a lot of properties on tv in the past and they have upcoming new ones as well. and marvel has what on regular tv?

        C. it’s ABC and CW, so of course ABC gets more viewers you’d be dumb to assume otherwise, plus the ratings doesn’t change the fact that AOS is horrible.

        who’s trolling? i’m stating my opinion here(which a lot of people would agree to btw)
        atleast answer decently, the trolling comment is uncalled for. you can disagree with me as much as you want but try to atleast answer decently.

        • A: You are kinda right. Last night was probably the best episode of Arrow and better then a good chunk of season one combined.

          B: Arrow is so good in part because it comes after a long legacy of sh*tty DC TV adapations (and this is coming from someone who saw and vaguely enjoyed the entirety of Birds Of Prey).

          C: I am not stupid and get that the CW always has considerably low ratings.

          I am sorry if I hurt your feelings, but if you think a show is horrible why bother commenting on this article? Why bother even clicking this article? I think a lot of shows are horrible. But I don’t go around commenting on articles about them. If you bottom line just hate the show, and continue to comment, it makes you a troll. You are going out of your way to voice your distaste for something.

        • Arrow was no better than AoS in the beginning. It has improved, which is exactly what AoS is doing. Also, what Homodrome said. You’re trolling. You have no business talking about answering decently since you forfeited decency in the first place.

  14. I watch both shows and enjoy both. Arrow embraces the comics way more in my opinion and stays true more to characters.
    Shield seems to be scared to go full blown comic. (deathlock looks like a birthday party laser tag suit…ridiculous). Shield is getting better and I keep watching hoping they eventually go to the comics for more actual entertainment from characters we hope to see, no matter who they are.

    Arrow is killing it, and that cameo of Harley Quinn was nothing short of epic.

  15. I never got why a lot of shows feel the need to start in September and end in May. There’s just too many breaks in between. I don’t mind when they do one midseason break for a bit (kinda like Walking Dead), but the schedule for AOS has been ridiculous. Since it returned in January, we’ve been getting like one episode or two, then a month break, then one more episode, another month, etc. I actually like the show, but it really makes me less immersed in it when I have to wait so long between episodes. If it gets a season 2, they should just start later, end earlier, or at least just have less mini-breaks in between and maybe just one long midseason break.

  16. I’m glad there will be no more breaks, and from what i’ve heard these last few episodes will really bring it. We have to wait and see if that’s the case, but I’m optimistic. the show has gotten much better since it came back from winter hiatus. It is Extremely unlikely this show will get canceled after one season, Marvel has invested too much into it for them to cut and run, especially since this represents the entirety of Marvel Television, so until we get the Dare Devil, Punisher, ETC up an going it seems inevitable ABC will eat the ratings drop and give it at least one more season. that’s my Opinion anyway.

  17. I like the show, ever right out of the gate. I know it wasn’t perfect, but it did show promise. I never thought of it to be a superhero show like so many of the comic population thought it would be, but I didn’t have high hopes for seeing main superheroes show up. I did expect though, that they might be on a mission to discover new super powered beings.
    I like the cast also, I think they had chemistry right away, though it didn’t show it, and I think that was on purpose.
    IM pretty sure there will be a second season especially with the coming movies, there’s sure to be a connection of some sort, though probably not very much.

    Marvel would have been better to make more movie connections to shield, as a connecting piece to the other movies. I don’t understand why both major companies such as DC and Marvel refuse to let there television properties be directly connected to real life and being somewhat grounded in real life. It’s not like everyone doesn’t know about other heroes and villains out there, super or not. They want to save what they consider the big guns for the big screen, but it doesn’t have to be that way totally. Arrow has consistently stayed grounded to real life as much as possible, ever when entertaining some of the JLA’s foes, sans super powers. But it is good to see that the same thing can’t be done with the flash. Why Marvel doesn’t put more effort into their shows is beyond me. DC is going to break the mold, Marvel should do the same thing. Though they will when the other series come out on Netflix next year.
    But as far as I’m concerned, Agents of Shield did what it was supposed to do and I thought it was pretty good.

    Still be big Arrow fan though hehhehe.

  18. I watch Arrow too, but with a liberal use of the fast-forward button. I don’t need to do that with AOS.

    Also, Thank you Sharon for a possitive and informative review of AOS. That other guy was annoying me.

  19. I so hope the show gets renewed. It got so much undeserved flak that it’s gonna be tough for them to regain momentum. Granted, some of said flak was deserved at first, but most wasn’t and it has steadily improved since. Fingers crossed.

  20. I do hope they’d resolve the Coulson-is-Alive thing by the end of Season 1, and not dangle it as a carrot stick for the Marvel fans. And change that Deathlok suit – it’s horrendous.

    I like a little “Marvel Cinematic Universe” cameo from time to time … but please don’t make it the point of the story. Make Agents of Shield stand on its own; get more interesting and unused villains in the Marvel-verse … there’s a load of heroes and villains they could get and take their own spin/ liberties on.

  21. Do most of you guys like this series?I read the original series when it was published and watched the television show as well.I really tried to like it………but I don’t!Am I the only one?