This is the final mission for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In “What We’re Fighting For,” the agents use all of their combined strengths to fight the Chronicoms. This is the last time Director Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) and Agents Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), Melinda May (Ming-Na-Wen), Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet), Elena Rodriguez (Natalia Cordova-Buckley), Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) will be together.
There is a lot of confusion and questions when Fitz arrives. The important thing is that everyone is still alive. Fitz was in the other timeline this entire time, and he’s seen multiple versions of how this plays out. He says there was no other way to save their OG timeline without the team going through the current timeline and bringing back Kora (Dianne Doan). Kora is the key to saving their world. But she’s with Nathaniel Malick (Thomas E. Sullivan) and the Chronicoms.
Fitz didn’t see a version of this whole thing where Kora and Daisy didn’t connect. He says they have to find a way to work around it. Fitz wants to put the quantum bridge on the Zephyr and hook it up so they can all go home together. He explains that they can travel between timelines through the quantum realm. But Coulson doesn’t want to leave the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in this timeline to fend for themselves. So they have to take the Chronicoms with them. Fitz says that’s impossible. But it’s not.
Deke looks at the quantum bridge and asks Fitz how it works. It reduced his size subatomically and created an energy field, more like a bubble, to do it. Deke thinks they can make that bubble bigger and take the Chronicoms back to the OG timeline. The Zephyr doesn’t have that kind of power, but 1983 New York City does. The only downside is someone would have to stay behind to set it up and turn it on. Daisy says that doesn’t matter, because it’s the last mission. Fitz confirms this, saying no matter what the outcome, this is the last time they will be in the same room together. Ever.
Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) volunteers to stay behind. He got his second chance and the privilege of working with the team. Daisy doesn’t like that, and neither does Deke. Deke volunteers to stay because he has the scientific knowledge to make everything work. He also recognizes the obvious attraction between Sousa and Daisy. He just wants her to be happy. And third, Fitz and Simmons need to reconnect so he can be born one day. Plus! Deke is a rock god in 1983.
Deke starts barking orders while the team disassembles the quantum bridge and runs to the Zephyr. The team prepares to make one last jump into the quantum realm. Mack thanks Deke for everything he’s done and asks him to watch out for them all in his new timeline. May flies towards the Chronicoms. Deke redirects the power to the Zephyr and they successfully jump the timeline, taking the Chronicoms with them. The power goes out in New York City. Agent Gamble (Stephen Bishop) looks to Deke and asks if he’s in charge now. The answer is YES!
(Thank you, Deke! You really are a rockstar!)
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Fitz knows how to restore Simmons’ memories. He says he’s going to tell the team a story and needs her to fill in some of the blanks. When Jemma was little she had scoliosis. Her father used to lay with her looking at the stars. Her favorite star was Alya, the biggest star in the Serpentis system. Fitz tells her to lock onto that name because that’s where they went.
Enoch (Joel Stoffer) saved them and said the only way they could survive was to change the natural course of their lives forever. He transported them to the quinjet after Agent Piper (Briana Venskus) left the temple with Flint (Coy Stewart). They asked Piper to turn around and go back to the temple. Turns out that Enoch took a copy of the time stream that allowed him to see where the agents were and what they would do next.
Once they returned to the temple, Flint made them a piece of the time monolith so they could do what they needed to do. Enoch told Flint and Piper to wait for them. FitzSimmons and Enoch ran to the quinjet and headed for the Serpentis system. Fitz began studying the time stream. It took them a while to build everything they needed to complete their designs. Enoch pointed out that it was a good thing they were building a time machine, as it doesn’t matter how long it took. That made Fitz want to take some time to just live. And they did.
FitzSimmons got their happily ever after. They took their time building everything, but eventually had to return to the mission. They had a hard time saying goodbye. We see them putting pillows in the containment pod. Setting a tarp over the Coulson LMD and putting the piece of the time monolith in the time drive.
They jump to the moment they left Piper and Flint with the containment pod. Piper figures out that they are messing with time. Simmons says they need a place for Fitz to stay until he can travel to another timeline through the quantum realm. She asks them to guard it with their lives. And if they keep the pod safe, she will give them any favor they ask for in return. She tells them to open the pod if she doesn’t return by sun up.
Fitz sets up the quantum bridge, and Simmons prepares to leave. He says for them it will be an instant and tells her to stay strong. Fitz gets into the pod and puts on a special helmet. He has to stay behind because his mind can’t handle the implant.
Enoch injects the implant into Simmons’ brain just before she goes into the temple to retrieve her team. Simmons remembers everything, but she doesn’t understand why they stayed so long. Daisy is afraid that Simmons has forgotten that she loves Fitz. But he says she forgot something much more important. He’s ready to fill them in so they know they are fighting for. He asks them to help him map out a plan and all be willing to do it, no matter what the cost. And they build the Coulson LMD to put all of the pieces together.
THE PIECES FALL INTO PLACE
Malick is upset that Sybil (Tamara Taylor) didn’t give him control of her hunters to end S.H.I.E.L.D. He was moments away from ruling the world. Sybil knows they are headed to S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s original timeline where Earth is already under attack by another group of Chronicoms. Earth is still within their reach. Malick doesn’t buy it. No one knows the future anymore. Malick goes to his makeshift transfusion room and hooks up Kora to the machine. He says it’s time to take her power.
The Zephyr is almost to their original timeline. The entire team knows the plan. Sousa and Elena will go with FitzSimmons. They have to wear blue hazmat suits to do that. That group will go to the temple first to finish their business there. Then they will go to the Lighthouse to retake it from the Chronicoms.
Everyone arrives in the new timeline. The quinjet separates from the Zephyr. Daisy, Mack, Coulson and May stay on the Zephyr and turn everything off to hide from the Chronicoms. Sybil scans for them and wants to destroy them.
The quinjet lands, and the ground team heads to the Zephyr from the past to help Simmons clean up the scene at the temple. Fitz tells everyone not to talk or engage with anyone. The Zephyr powers up, and the Chronicoms find them. Sybil orders them to fire. And the present Zephyr takes off to land on top of the Chronicom ship. This is when the Chronicoms blow up the temple, just as the past Zephyr jumps. Everyone sees the temple explode, and that’s when Fitz transports to the quantum realm.
THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS
The Chronicoms report that the Zephyr disappeared from their radar, but Sybil doesn’t believe the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are gone. They always beat the odds. The space team enters the Chronicom ship in a room with radioactive pods. They quickly encounter hunters, but Daisy has the situation under control. Mack and Coulson leave and split up, killing Chronicoms along the way. Sybil captures Coulson and says it’s time for him to be reassigned.
Malick finds Daisy. He says he’s studied her history and all of her battles. He is honored to be her last opponent. Malick reveals that in addition to Daisy’s quake powers, he also has Kora’s powers.
The ground team goes to the Lighthouse, where Elena quickly takes care of the Chronicoms who took over. They retake the control room and lock the doors. Fitz starts working on resetting the antennas. Elena hopes the space team can complete their mission before the Chronicoms break down the door. Sousa assures Elena not to worry too much about Mack. She returns the assurances saying not to worry too much about Daisy. Simmons hears their exchange and realizes Daisy and Mack are the stars in the skies for Sousa and Elena. She starts crying, saying she remembers what they are fighting for.
Daisy and Malick fight, knocking each other around and throwing banter at each other. He reminds Daisy that they both fought her mother. Someone needed to save Daisy, but Malick snapped her neck. They are evenly matched, even with Kora’s powers. So the fight isn’t going one way or the other.
Mack forces open a set of doors and finds Kora knocked out in the transfusion room. He picks her up and leaves the room. As for Coulson, Sybil is ready to destroy him. She says she can give any hunter orders using only her mind. She wants to tear everything but Chronicom hardware out of Coulson so she can control him too.
Coulson says the war is over and S.H.I.E.L.D. has won. He gives up the information that Fitz and Simmons are currently taking over the Lighthouse. Sybil smiles, creepily, and activates her hunters. She orders them to ascend on the Lighthouse and all ships to prepare to fire on the S.H.I.E.L.D. bases, the same targets as before. Coulson gives a creepy smile this time, saying he needed her to enter her authorization. What comes next? The Cavalry!
May drops down from the ceiling, hitting Sybil. She and Coulson fight off the Chronicoms, while Daisy continues to fight Malick. Coulson and May have knocked everyone out when Mack arrives with Kora. Kora is weak, but they need her to boost a signal to reach Earth. Coulson wakes her up saying they are fighting for the very thing that gives them strength. Kora knows what that is, and she can do what they need her to do.
The hunters reach the door to the control room. Fitz is ready to receive transmissions from space. Kora hopes they can give the Chroncoms orders, but Coulson says they are giving them empathy instead. May puts her hands into the Chronicom transmitter, and Kora powers up to boost the signal. The Chronicoms breach the door and a bright light overcomes the Lighthouse. When the light goes away, Elena asks the hunters if they are friends or enemies. Their leader says they are friends, as they have always been. The Chronicoms drop their weapons.
Coulson, May, Mack and Kora return to the Zephyr and see Daisy is still fighting. Mack says they have to let her do her thing. Daisy tells Malick what they just did to turn the tables on him. Malick gets angry and says the ships in space will vaporize the planet. There’s no way for Daisy to kill him without killing herself. That’s what Daisy is counting on.
WHAT WE’RE FIGHTING FOR
Daisy releases her full power on Malick, throwing him back into the radiation pod. The impact blows up the Chronicom ships as the Zephyr escapes the blast. Daisy floats in space when the Zephyr returns to retrieve her. Mack lays her on the floor of the cargo bay and Kora uses her power to bring Daisy back to life. Coulson says this is what they are fighting for. Family.
Fitz and Simmons return to the containment pod. For Piper and Flint, it’s only been a few minutes. Piper asks if they were guarding the pod for nothing. Fitz says no, they were guarding their everything. Simmons runs to the back of the pod and opens the door. A little blond girl named Alya (Harlow Happy Hexum) sleeps inside. This is Fitz and Simmons’ daughter… Deke’s mother… their everything. While Fitz and Simmons took their time to live a little, they had a baby and shared part of their adventure with her.
For Alya, her mommy had just left her, saying she would be gone only a few minutes. Alya heard a loud noise, but she was only a little scared. Jemma says she was scared, too, and holds her daughter tightly while Fitz smiles, watching them together.
ONE YEAR LATER
Agent Elena Rodriguez still works for S.H.I.E.L.D. She’s one of the most decorated agents with her own team. Agent Piper is on her team, and the one favor she wanted was the return of her favorite partner, Agent Davis (Maximilian Osinski). He may be an LMD, but they fight like he never died. Elena can only smile as they fight.
Agent Melinda May has become a teacher at the Coulson Academy. Flint is one of her students. She says she’s never been so exhausted. But everyone knows she loves her new job. She invites Coulson to come speak to the newbies and promises to send Mack names of students he will want to meet with.
Leopold Fitz and Jemma Simmons know a little bit about being exhausted. Kids will do that to you. Alya is growing so fast. She’s learning to swim and wants to create her own fish. The team showers her with presents, and Fitz asks them to only send one a year. Simmons loves the attention Alya gets and especially loves that Daniel Sousa writes them letters. Who does that anymore? The couple’s retired from S.H.I.E.L.D., but Simmons still looks at anatomy reports for Daisy from time to time. (I don’t think Fitz knows about that part.)
Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie is still the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. And now he’s flying in style aboard a helicarrier. It’s obvious that he loves his job. He sends Coulson a special package with a going away present. More on that later…
Agents Daisy Johnson and Daniel Sousa are dating. They have a unique assignment. To prepare Sousa, Daisy makes him watch E.T. He cries like a baby. She buys him a typewriter so he can type his letters. She says he’s definitely cut out for their assignment and he calls them the “astro-ambassadors.” If you haven’t figured it out, Daisy and Sousa are in space. Could this be S.W.O.R.D.? Kora is also with them. Daisy says she’s doing well. It’s funny what people can do when someone believes in them.
Agent Phil Coulson, LMD, took off the last year to reassess what to do with his time. He could always turn himself off, but there’s no rush. He wants to continue his sabbatical and see the world. May, Mack and Daisy all offer him a place on their teams when he decides to return to work.
A NEW TRADITION
The team meets up at the speakeasy, via hologram. They catch up on life (see above) and reminisce about how many times Coulson died. Daisy’s ship enters a nebula, so they cut their reunion short with a promise to meet up again, same time next year. Simmons says it’s a new tradition. They’ve been through too much together to stop communicating. And no, they didn’t forget about Deke. Daisy actually admits to missing him. Mack says The D is just fine.
After everyone returns to their lives, Daisy and Coulson linger a bit. They agree that things just aren’t the same without the team. Daisy reflects on how the team came together. Coulson did it. He changed their lives. She says there are still people out there who are lost. If Coulson doesn’t find them, who will?
Daisy promises to call Coulson when she returns to Earth. Coulson leaves, and Daisy lingers a bit before logging off. Coulson is at S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ. He opens his package and finds a set of keys inside. He goes to the parking lot, and Lola is waiting for him. Coulson gets in, puts on his sunglasses and starts the car. He flips a switch, and Lola transforms to a more modern look with a dark paint color. Coulson flies away.
Thank you, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., for seven amazing seasons! You will always be my favorite Marvel team.