Marvel’s 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': The Sixth Season Finale
Threats come and go, but next season's threat will lead the team to a different time.
We saw the final two episodes from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sixth season land August 2, 2019. Once again, the fate of the world is on the brink of disaster, and only S.H.I.E.L.D. can save the day.
Episode Synopsis: S06.E12. “The Sign” and S06.E13. “New Life”
With time running short, the team must go to hell to stop the end of everything. – IMDb.com
SPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet seen the season finale, stop reading now. There are spoilers ahead.
Marvel’s 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': S06.E12. “The Sign"
We know that the monoliths, used together, can open a doorway to the world where Izel (Karolina Wydra) comes from. With only one monolith intact, she needs to find a solution to her problem. How can she recreate the other two monoliths?
By tapping into fears from Alphonso 'Mack' Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) and Elena 'Yo-Yo' Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), Izel gets them to create a new version of Flint (Coy Stewart). Izel, by stepping into Flint’s body, now has the power to recreate the monoliths. With all three monoliths intact, Izel opens the doorway.
Meanwhile, at The Lighthouse, Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward) impresses his grandparents, Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) by getting the cuffs they need built—in time for the mission.
Later, Shaw informs Fitz and Simmons he may have a way to get past Izel. Fitz is angry at Shaw because everything his start-up claims as new tech is stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D. Does Fitz have a legitimate reason for being angry with Shaw? Some of the tech S.H.I.E.L.D. has comes from stolen alien devices the organisation utilises.
Shaw somehow managed to get his people from his start-up company into the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility without anyone knowing. This is how he was able to get the cuffs manufactured so quickly.
In the closing scene, Enoch (Joel Stoffer) learns from Isaiah (Jan Uddin) the Chronicom anthropologists he was hoping would assist him rebuilding their home planet were reassigned as hunters. Who are they hunting?
Marvel’s 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.': S06.E13. “New Life”
The sixth season finale opens with Fitz and Simmons in shock after seeing Sarge stab May. Suddenly, without warning, all communications at The Lighthouse go offline.
Malachi (Christopher James Baker) and the Chronicom Hunters take over the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in short order. Consequently, the Chronicoms have everything they need to repurpose Earth as their potential new homeworld. Enoch (Stoffer) shows up at The Lighthouse in a different body (Uddin) to help S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Fitz and Simmons out of a seriously sticky situation. Despite what’s happening at The Lighthouse, Izel (Karolina Wydra) remains the season’s main threat.
Izel and Sarge (Clark Gregg) both die in the season finale. Izel’s death, with a scene reminiscent of how Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) ends The Night King’s (Richard Brake) army in Game of Thrones, ends the Shrike threat.
The season finale closes with Simmons revealing to Mack and Yo-Yo she and Fitz have brought to life an LMD (Life Model Decoy) in the shape of Philip J. Coulson (Gregg) to fend off the Chronicoms, and their plans for the Earth.
Even though we know where the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents end up in the closing scene, we don’t know when they are, because Fitz and Simmons have made significant modifications to the jump drive, which has enabled them to travel back in time to when New York’s Empire State Building was the tallest building in the world.
When Simmons updates the shell-shocked team on the Chronicom situation, she makes a reference to not only having help, but also having ‘time.’ From a location unknown to Simmons, Fitz launches the Zephyr. As the Zephyr vanishes, the temple is destroyed by rockets which were targeted on the S.H.I.E.L.D. aircraft. They reappear over a cloud-covered New York.
The only structure piercing the cloud cover is the Empire State Building. With the building still under scaffolding, it suggests Simmons’ earlier reference to having ‘time,’ held more than one meaning. The team has not only jumped through space, but they are also in a different time.