A Look back on Agents of Shield Season 5 Episode 11: The Real Deal


Simmons: At some point, sir, your heart will just stop beating.

Beware: Spoilers may follow.

As of today Netflix has cancelled all of Marvel’s TV shows with Jessica Jones and the Punisher set to receive the axe. The only Marvel TV show left now is Agents of Shield, which has been renewed for two more seasons. It’s the one show that actually ties into various events of the MCU and although it had rough beginnings, it steadily made improvements over the seasons. The 100th episode of any TV show is a huge milestone in showing just how far its characters and storytelling has come. And this episode did so in a strong manner that introduced an internal and external conflict.

The story is that after three monoliths explode in the agents’ hideout known as the Lighthouse, it created a space-time rift that brings out manifestations of everyone’s worst fears. While the team works to close the rift, an incident leads to Coulson (Clark Gregg) coming clean to the team with the deal he made with the ghost rider last season.

The fear dimension brought back two previous villains including Lash and Hive who were nice to see but what really made this episode was the emotional moments. Gregg shined in his performance as a man coming to terms with his own mortality and not taking a third chance at life. His talk with the fake Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) was enjoyable as even though we know that Peterson’s tales about none of Coulson’s adventures happening is real, it does hit on the themes of family and living life to the fullest.

The theme of family also ties into agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennett) finding out about Coulson’s deal. Bennett’s performance was amazing as she tearfully breaks down at the thought of losing the man who found her, made her into a better woman, and became a father to her in a far better sense than her own father.

This episode FINALLY had Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) getting married. For long time fans of the show this was a blessing. I consider these two the best MCU couple. Even though you knew the two were inevitably going to end up together, it is so nice to see them finally happy in this moment after surviving the bottom of the ocean and being separated by circumstance, space, and time. Having the wedding be administered by Coulson no less who has become family to just about every one of the Agents throughout the season as they have to him was even more heartwarming. Both Henstridge and Caestecker gave emotional performances as they recited their vows that truly make you feel how deep their love for one another runs. It also capped off the episode with an amazing turn of events with Deke Shaw (Jeff Ward) revealed to be Fitz and Simmons’ grandson. His existence proves that Fitz and Simmons’ love will last through thick and thin.

The Real Deal provided the beginning of the end for a great agent and gave some major emotion all throughout the process. While the external conflict was weak the relationships that have been created among this team has 5 years worth of weight felt across.