Agents of SHIELD Created A New Timeline:
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, it is Season 7 that has used to perfection by explaining the intricate complexities of it. We applaud the writers who have tried to take as many liberties as they could have and still managed to stick to the time travel rules that Avengers: Endgame had established.
A couple of episodes, in the beginning, led us to believe that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. may not be following Endgame’s rules of time travel. But now we know that not only have they followed those rules, but things have actually led the Agents into a new timeline. After watching the last episode, “Stolen,” it was almost confirmed that a new timeline has been created.
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 even got new superpowers, thanks to Daisy & the Chronicom predictor Sibyl. With his new powers and the assistance of Sibyl, 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. He 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. One thing led to another, and Nathaniel killed the Inhuman leader Jiaying.
We suspected that all these events had certainly created a new timeline. And our suspicions have turned out to be absolutely true. In Episode 11, “Brand New Day” Kora revealed that all the past events had indeed created a new timeline. Although, she also hinted that the original timeline could be restored by taking a few steps. But at this time, she wasn’t aware that her mother had died. So now, the timeline cannot be restored.
A question was later asked whether the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents could go back to their original timeline or not. The time-space GPS in Avengers: Endgame allowed the heroes to return to their own timeline. But since time travel wasn’t created in the same way in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it was Endgame, it’s clear that the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents don’t really know how to return to the original timeline. Maybe Fitz knows that. We will find out about it in the next episode.
But really, the episode “Brand New Day” has managed to hype us all by showing the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D.. The Chronicoms have managed to destroy all S.H.I.E.L.D. bases. They are very close to creating a timeline where S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn’t exist. But still, there’s one active team of S.H.I.E.L.D. that exists in the 80s. So, maybe they’d put a stop to the Chronicoms once and for all.
Enoch said that the mission through time will be the final mission of the team together. It is rumored that the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be joining the SWORD series on Disney+, so maybe that’s what Enoch meant. Season 7 will mark the last mission of the team because, after that, they’ll be transitioned into the Agents of SWORD. That is our theory. Let’s see whether it is correct or not. We’d surely get to know that next week when the show returns for its two-hour-long series finale.