Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 will be the series' final outing.
According to Deadline, the long-running ABC series will end after the conclusion of its next season. The news was confirmed by Executive Vice President of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb.
When asked by that outlet why the series was ending, Loeb replied, "Well, the bitter side is nobody ever wants anything to end, but it’s going to be amazing, and here’s the best news: Season 6 isn’t over, and you’ve seen none of Season 7. That’s the celebration, there’s still more. It’s not as though we’re going to walk off the stage and say goodbye, you’re never going to see another one of these new stories again. You have to see how this ends, you have to."
Loeb confirmed the production initially thought the series would end with Season 5, but that ABC give the show more episodes. As to why the show is ending with Season 7, Loeb replied it was ending on the production team's terms and that they were doing a Season 7 so as to craft a fitting conclusion.
“When you know that’s what you’re doing, you can take greater risks, of life and death,” Loeb told that outlet. “Those kinds of decisions suddenly now are real on the table because you’re not playing how do we undo this when we get to the next season. You’re playing that this is going to be the end of the story.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. first launched in 2013 and was created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and revolving around Agent Phil Coulson, who'd seemingly died during the events of 2012's The Avengers, the series introduced such heroes as Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider and many, many more. Season 6 of the show is airing now.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Fridays at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. The series stars Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, Elizabeth Henstridge and Clark Gregg.