The fate of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD remains to be seen. ABC's president Channing Dungy said she was cautiously optimistic about the show's chances of renewal back during the TCA's winter press tour. But as no decision has been made and it's time to write the season five finale, the series executive producers are making sure that it will work as a satisfying series finale as well.
Co-showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurisa Tancharoen told TVLine:
We are in process [of writing the finale]. We know what it is. Yeah, we're ready for if this is the end. We're definitely going to make it rewarding either way.
The move to Friday nights has not helped the series which is averaging 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.6 in the demo for Live+Same Day numbers. That is last among ABC's currently airing dramas in audience and second to last in demo, just beating out their lead-in, Once Upon a Time… which is in its final season. But the series has the fourth-biggest increase when you factor in the Live+7 DVR playback, bumping up 117%.
We can certainly pivot and there are certain things that we're putting in that at the last minute could be adjusted. But we know at the end we're not moving off that mark. We're going to do what we were planning to do, and I think that it'll be thrilling either way.
But long before the season finale, there is the big 100th episode coming up that they are referring to as "an emotional game changer" and that "nothing will be the same after." That's some pretty high expectations to set.
Marvel's Agents of SHIELD returns March 2nd with its 100th episode airing March 9th.