In Review: Agents of Shield (S7 – Eps 12 & 13) ‘The End is at Hand’ and ‘What We’re Fighting For’

Shield closes off with a poignant ending and shed loads of time travel

Synopsis: With Nathaniel and Sibyl edging ever closer to eliminating S.H.I.E.L.D from the history books, the agents must rely on their strengths to outsmart and outlast the Chronicoms.


The Story

Having witnessed the destruction of all the Shield bases on Earth. Coulson, Agent May, and Yo-Yo brace themselves for whatever is next and try to come up with a plan to get out of the Lighthouse, a plan which comes to fruition when John Garrett teleports in to destroy The Lighthouse.

Meanwhile out in Space. Daisy, Sousa, and Mack work on a plan to rescue Simmons and Deke from the Chronicles, but their arrival is met with little concern from Sybil who does not see them as a threat.


The Acting

The acting performances throughout were great, but it is Elizabeth Henstridge that gets tasked with the difficult job of playing a version of Simmons who has lost her memory, which is all thanks to a drug she has been given by the evil Sybil to get at the information that Simmons has been hiding via a computer implant that has suppressed all knowledge of her and Fitz’s plan.

The tail end of the first episode sees the return of Iain De Caestecker as Fitz and he wastes very little time in asserting control of the situation in spite of various setbacks to his plan. Turns out that he needs Kora for his plan to work, which means that the team has to go back to Sybil’s ship to get her and also conduct somewhat of a rescue mission. It was great to see Fitz and Simmons back again, which for me was the best part of this final couple of episodes.



This was a really good season finale despite the time travel elements being a little bit confusing at certain points. It was fun to watch and did allow for a few appearances from some characters that we have not seen since season six to have a brief part in saving the day. The final scenes of the finale saw all the team reuniting after a year apart for a brief catch up. These final scenes had me a little teary-eyed, which is unusual for me but the fact that the various team members are still active and working within Shield does leave the door open for the continuation of their stories via comics and video games should Marvel wish to do that.

The final scene of Coulson flying off in his Corvette made me chuckle and was a nice little call back to the first season when we first saw him drive that car.

Agents of Shield (S7 - Eps 12 & 13) 'The End is at Hand' and 'What We're Fighting For'
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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