It’s going to be one bittersweet panel at Comic-Con today. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is saying its goodbyes to the small-screen after seven seasons, Deadline reported on Thursday, just a few hours before the cast, executive producers, and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb are scheduled to gather in Hall H.
“The simplest answer is so that we can end on our terms, really,” Loeb told Deadline about the decision to end the show. “How many shows do you know that just suddenly ended, and you feel like, but wait a minute, there was more. Yes, in the chronology of this is we thought Season 5 was the end. If you go back and you look at the end of that season, it is written that way. Actually, the last episode of that season is called ‘The End.’ Honestly, we thought we were turning out the lights and going home when we got a call from ABC that said, the material is so strong, do you think you have another season, do you think you have another 13 because we sort of like this idea of doing it again.”
As for how the show will wrap up, Loeb teased that “it will conclude in a way that is incredibly emotional and in the best ways.” “It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking…it’s a classic, exactly,” he told Deadline, adding that the panel later today will be a good way to “really say thank you to the fans.”
“When we first sat down and started talking about what we wanted to do at San Diego and doing it this way just made sense,” he said. “You know, we have a number of shows that are starting up, a number of shows that are going to be appearing towards the end of the same year or next year. So who benefits the most in that forum, and the fans so love that cast, particularly when you’re now in your sixth season, your seventh season. Like I said, what we really wanted to do was have a celebration. To have an opportunity for us to be able to say to the fans, let’s take a journey, and that will lead to the acknowledgement that we’re wrapping it up after seven seasons.”