Before the break, the Ghost Rider story wrapped up with Robbie Reyes being trapped off somewhere with his uncle. Then we learned that Aida has gone bad and already replaced Agent Melinda May with a Life Model Decoy. Even the series logo went from displaying Ghost Rider to LMD on it. But in an interview with TVLine, executive producers Jed Whedon and Jeffrey Bell gave a little more insight into the overall plan and why the sudden change.
Bell talked about stepping away from Ghost Rider:
[Ghost Rider is] a lot for 22 [episodes], especially with everything else that we like and care about on the show. It would feel like one flavor over a long period of time, but we've certainly left it open" to revisit.
But the key here is that this season is not just about Ghost Rider and LMDs, but also the Darkhold which ties both stories together. Aida is looking for the Darkhold. It sent her on her new path and she can use it to do more.
Whedon made the connection:
We can go on a different journey, but we are still playing in the same world [as Ghost Rider], and these things could link up later in some way — maybe in thrilling fashion.