ABC renewed the show just days after announcing it had canned Marvel's Inhumans, which ran for a single season on the network. The 13-episode Season 6 will premiere in summer 2019, Channing Dungey, ABC President of Entertainment said today during the network's upfront presentation.
Agents of SHIELD is airing thirteen episodes for the sixth season, which means that the writers are clearly going to have plenty of time in order to tell a creative, interesting, and concentrated story that is different from anything that we've seen on the show before. That said, Season 6 will nearly certainly have to acknowledge the fact that Show Spoiler half of the known universe has vanished with the snap of Thanos' finger.
"SHIELD" is now a summer show.
"By putting it on the summer we feel we can super-serve the show's audience and possibly have it on the air longer", she added. (Avengers 4 - the follow-up to Avengers: Infinity War, the end of which would seem to have significant implications for the characters on TV's S.H.I.E.L.D. - hits theaters next May.) "Whatever they [at Marvel Studios] have planned, I can not say", she hedged. "So I don't, at the moment, have any plans to think of Season 6 as the last season". The second half of Season 5 had the team trying to prevent that future from happening by fixing the present.
For now get ready for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5 finale, which airs this Friday on ABC.