The final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been quite exciting. The fact that this show has managed to keep things unique with every new season is just commendable. Time Travel was introduced in Season 5, but actually, Season 7 has been all about it. We’d applaud the writers who have tried to take as many liberties as they could and have still managed to stick to the time travel rules that Avengers: Endgame had established. But, there’s one question that the show still hasn’t answered. I’d come to it in a short while, but let me give you a bit of recap first.
Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 7 Episode 10, “Stolen,” follow.
The events of the last few episodes have shown us how things have been changing in the timeline of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. First, Wilfred Malick survived 3 years longer than he was supposed to. Then, Hydra almost launched Project Insight 40 years before it was supposed to. Director Mack’s parents died much earlier than they were supposed to. Nathaniel Malick has lived longer than he would have, and he has even got new super powers, thanks to Daisy & the Chronicom predictor Sybil. With his new powers and the assistance of Sybil, Nathaniel has brought even more changes to the timeline such as preventing the death of Jiaying’s first daughter Kora.
So far, it was “just ripples, not waves,” as explained by Deke Shaw in the first episode of Season 7. But now, the kind of changes that Nathaniel Malick has made to the timeline of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are beyond repairs. In the latest episode “Stolen,” the younger Malick recruited young John Garret and gave him the Inhuman abilities of Gordon. This happened after he invaded the safe haven of Inhumans, the Afterlife in Episode 8. In the original timeline of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., none of this had happened. After turning John Garret into an Inhuman, Nathaniel asked him to teleport him to the S.H.I.E.L.D. base.
Throughout the episode, Nathaniel hinted that just like Sybil, his goal was also Immortality. So, we were all led to believe that Nathaniel & Garret were after the Inhuman leader Jiaying, because of her healing abilities. But apparently that wasn’t the case. At the base, Nathaniel fought Daisy, and when Jiaying tried to protect her daughter, he killed her. After killing Jiaying, Nathaniel & John Garret managed to take Jemma to their base of operations as they were actually after her.
The death of Jiaying occurs around 30 years before it was supposed to. At this point of time, Daisy hasn’t even born because Jiaying didn’t even meet Calvin Johnson. That means, the entire timeline of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has changed irreparably. Daisy has been an integral part of the show since the first season. Without her, the events of the series just wouldn’t happen as they did. So, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now exist in a branched timeline for sure.
The goal of the Chronicoms was to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. as in every scenario that Sybil could predict, S.H.I.E.L.D. would always be there to stop them. But as far as S.H.I.E.L.D. is concerned, the Agents have actually failed because the Chronicoms have created a new timeline successfully where someone like Daisy isn’t born. The original timeline surely exists, but it can’t be restored now.
It is obvious that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents will stop the Chronicoms by the time we reach the finale. But, we still haven’t got the answer to why exactly the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. needed to follow Chronicoms to the past and stop them? All that the Chronicoms were looking for was a new planet to live on. By going back to the past, they would’ve stopped S.H.I.E.L.D. from ever being created and taken over Earth for themselves. But they would’ve done all of this in a branched timeline. So why did the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. want to stop the Chronicoms from creating a new timeline when it wouldn’t have harmed their own timeline at all?
Even now, the Chronicoms have managed to create a new timeline and the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents have failed to stop them. The only difference is that they have managed to prevent countless deaths of humans in this new timeline. So, was this the reason why the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents wanted to stop the Chronicoms? Tell us what you think in the comments down below.