Agents of SHIELD bosses Jed Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, and Jeffrey Bell spoke with EW to answer our burning questions following last Friday's 100th episode titled "The Real Deal."
On Fitz and Simmons' reaction when they learn that Deke is their grandson:
We liked it as a reveal also because the wedding is something that you know how that works, you know what it is, you know what it means to get married, and for a couple that we’ve put through the wringer so many times, it was a way of not just celebrating that they’re getting married, but of showing that this isn’t just the hope of a happy ending, there actually is one already attending the wedding. To us, it was not just a cool reveal, but a way of seeing their love manifested. How they’ll all react is a wait and see, but you can imagine that it’ll be fun.
On Coulson's journey moving forward:
I think it’s very clear in the episode of how he’s approaching it. Though a lot of emotion does come out with Mike Peterson, he’s come to terms with it. It’s something he actually had to come to terms with a long time ago when he was discovering the T.A.H.I.T.I. Project and everything that had been done to him. I don’t think he wants to go through any of that again. He’s ready for nature to take its course. You can sense from everybody else in the episode that they’re not as willing to let go as he seems to be. Some of that will play out. What happens, we’ll have to wait and see, but he seems as much at peace with it as you can be considering there’s so much he’s done in a world that thinks he’s dead.
On whether there'll be casualties in the finale:
All we are confirming is that not everyone will die.
On their plans for a potential season 6:
As Jed said, we’ll never end something without the potential for more story. That’s how we’ve ended every season, because whenever we’ve come to the end of all the season’s past, we go into that mostly not knowing until the very last minute, so we’re basically doing the same thing to close out season 5. It can fit well as a possible series finale, and it can fit well as just another season’s end. Hopefully people feel the same way.
What we don’t want to do is get to the end of the series and have gone off of something where you’re like, “Well, now it makes no sense.” We want there to be a sense of resolution for the audience and a reward for the audience for being on this whole journey. We don’t want to leave them hanging with something that didn’t get paid off. That being said, not everybody is going to die in the finale, so those people will live on with stories to tell.
You can’t kill everyone.
Star Elizabeth Henstridge, meanwhile, revealed to TV Line that the remaining episodes of season 5 will deliver more twists.
There’s a big one coming up, I don’t know if I can talk about it….
There are some pretty shocking twists in this season, still to come, that are my favorite — because they’re kind of nice ones.
Added Clark Gregg:
I suspect there are some more coming this season,” although in all honesty, I won’t get to know what they are until they let me read the last five scripts!
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