‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Mid-Season Finale Delivers

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired its mid-season finale on Tuesday, December 8, and what an episode it was! In the previous week’s episode, “Closure,” Coulson (Clark Gregg) snapped and he finally lets his true feelings show. Comic Book reports the synopsis of the winter final as released by ABC.

“Coulson reaches his breaking point! S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra go head-to-head in a battle that will change Coulson’s world forever. While Daisy and her team of Inhumans fight to keep Hydra at bay, Coulson and Fitz take the ultimate risk.”

ABC also released new images from the episode and a promo trailer that puts fans on the edge of their seats.

Warning: Spoiler Alert!

The mid-season finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is called “Maveth,” which is also the name of the evil entity on the other side of the portal. Maveth literally means death and Hypable reported ahead of the show that there would be casualties in the final episode of the mid-season.

“Let’s get this out of the way: Yes, there are casualties in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale. The deaths are as slow, intimate, and strange as anything Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet provided — and will make a profound and lasting impact on the show going forward… Trust us — the people we lose in ‘Maveth’ are definitely not destined to be forgotten.”

Hypable also revealed a second promo trailer for the episode.

According to Hypable, it seems some characters are making major changes. Coulson made an “audacious” choice the previous week (that would be his head-first dive through the portal) that will bring closure to some story arcs and open new ones. Ward also made a change in the previous week’s episode that Hypable revealed as unexpected, yet natural.

“Grant Ward remains a driving force in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale, but not exactly in the way he (or, presumably, fans) may have expected. The change that comes over the series’ long-term antagonist is by turns surprising and natural, and, like so much in ‘Maveth,’ promises to have a compelling impact on the story still to come.”

Mack had his stint in the Director’s chair on the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. mid-season finale and he was phenomenal, particularly with the pressure he was under. See a clip from the show depicting his leadership here.

Forbes describes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as being all about risk-taking. While many thought the outlook was grim when the series launched in 2013, it has managed to reinvent itself over and over again. Plus, the network produces the series and needs to carry it through at least eighty-eight episodes, but that has left writers with the freedom to be inventive. They have been successful and have brought the series alive again.

Apparently, last month Jeph Loeb, executive producer of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., gave a teaser to Hypable, saying that there will be “big surprises” in the mid-season finale.

“I can only tell you that what happens before our winter finale… if you’re a fan of the show, you don’t want to miss it. There’s some really big surprises. The [writers] have really outdone themselves, and the cast is so extraordinary.”

Unfortunately, as with last year, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be taking quite a long winter break. But ABC is bringing back Agent Carter to fill in the gap and keep Marvel fans happy and content until Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns. Agent Carter fared well last year, so it will be fun to see what she gets up to in season two.

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