It’s that stressful time of year again, when networks decide to either renew or cancel your favorite TV shows. One cult series that fans are desperately waiting on some news about is Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Despite the success of its parent franchise, the ABC show has struggled to earn particularly impressive ratings for its past few seasons. Still, the support of its adoring fanbase has seen it through.
But is there enough incentive for the network to renew it for a sixth season? Going by a new report, we’ll find out one way or the other very soon. THR’s Lesley Goldberg shared on Twitter that S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s fate is still up in the air, but revealed that ABC is set to make a decision “in the coming days.”
While fans would love to see more from the show, at least the writers are prepared for a possible cancellation. From what we understand, the upcoming finale to the fifth season has been partially written as a potential series finale, just in case it doesn’t get renewed. That said, much like previous years, it’ll also tease more stories to come, in the hope that ABC gives it the thumbs up.
If you ask us, we imagine the show will live to see another day. After all, last month a report claimed that S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Marvel connections were what was keeping it alive, as Disney’s keen to retain at least one MCU property on network television. ABC has been particularly brutal with its other Marvel series, as Agent Carter was cancelled after just two limited runs and Inhumans appears to have met the same fate after just one, so this could be the show they keep around.
With any luck, we’ll be able to go into next week’s finale with the knowledge that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return. If not, well, then at least the episode, which airs on May 18th, will prove to have a very apt title – “The End.”