Agents of SHIELD season 7, episode 12 ‘The End Is at Hand’ and episode 13 ‘What We’re Fighting For’ spoilers follow.
Agents of SHIELD came to an end on Wednesday night (August 12) with a two-part season finale.
The end of the first finale episode ‘The End Is at Hand’ saw the long-awaited return of Leopold Fitz (played by Iain De Caestecker), who had previously only been seen during the season in flashbacks.
Explaining why Fitz had been absent during the season, co-showrunner Jed Whedon explained to TV Line: “Some choices aren’t made by us.”
He continued: “We did what we could, and we tried to make it rewarding with the pieces [we were given]. Sometimes it’s 3D chess.”
Co-showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen added: “To be clear. Iain is an exceptionally talented actor and one of our dearest friends. It was just it was time for him to go [and] explore new things.”
In the finale of the previous season, Fitz had vanished after he and Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) realised that they were the cause of the Chronicom Hunters’ invasion.
The couple spent the whole of season seven separated until the final two episodes, where they were finally reunited and eventually able to have the happy ending they deserved.
Speaking about the FitzSimmons reunion, Whedon explained: “[To] make the reward of him missing for so long pay off… the only way that we could think is a super-happy ending.
“And also, for him, he actually hadn’t missed anything. That was how we answered that in our minds, and on the show.”
Agents of SHIELD airs on ABC in the US. Seasons 1-5 are available to watch on Disney+ now.
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