The fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aired on ABC during the 2016-2017 television season, premiering on September 20, 2016.


In the aftermath of their journey to another planet, Director Phil Coulson and the rest of the team were driven more than ever to put an end to the Hydra organization. Little did they know that they were up against the deadliest threat they’ve ever faced – an extremely powerful Inhuman, Hive, who was transported back from Maveth in the body of their worst enemy, Grant Ward. The team was able to thwart and kill Hive and take down Hydra, but they are all still mourning the death of fellow agent and Inhuman, Lincoln Campbell.

In light of the Sokovia Accords, and with Hydra obliterated, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been legitimatized again and no longer needs to operate in the shadows. Since the world presumes that Coulson is dead, the organization needed a new Director to be the face of the organization. Coulson finds himself back in the role as an agent and teamed with Mack, and together they are tasked with tracking down and confirming the presence of Inhumans. They have been trying to track down and capture Daisy, aka Quake, who has gone rogue in an attempt to atone for sins from the past. But with the world believing that Daisy is a dangerous outlaw who has taken down banks and bridges, the new Director has no qualms about taking her down for good. Agent May is tasked with training specialist strike teams, and Fitz and Simmons have taken a big step forward in their relationship. But with Simmons’ new promotion as Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology, Fitz, as well as her former team members, finds it hard to confide in or trust her since she’s now the Director’s confidant.

Robbie Reyes will roar into the lives of Agent Coulson and the team as a junkyard mechanic who can turn on a dime into the terrifying Ghost Rider. Will Robbie be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. – as well as the world, itself? Meanwhile, Fitz discovers that socially awkward genius and friend Dr. Radcliffe has started putting the finishing touches on a new, secret invention.


Image Title Writer Director Airdate Episode
4x01 "The Ghost" Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen Billy Gierhart 9/20/2016 4.01
Ghost Rider is coming, and S.H.I.E.L.D. will never be the same.
4x02 "Meet the New Boss" Drew Z. Greenberg Vincent Misiano 9/27/2016 4.02
Daisy goes to battle Ghost Rider at a terrible cost, and Coulson faces the new Director, and his bold agenda surprises them all.
4x03 "Uprising" Craig Titley Magnus Martens 10/11/2016 4.03
As Coulson, Mack and Fitz attempt to track down and neutralize a rogue group looking to end Inhuman Registration worldwide, Simmons and Dr. Radcliffe only have hours to save May before she succumbs forever to her mysterious illness.
4x04 "Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire" Matt Owens Brad Turner 10/18/2016 4.04
As Ghost Rider's quest for vengeance brings him into an explosive confrontation with S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson and Mack must rely on an unlikely ally in their time of desperate need; and Daisy reunites with a familiar face to stop the Watchdogs.
4x05 "Lockup" Nora Zuckerman & Lilla Zuckerman Kate Woods 10/25/2016 4.05
As Robbie Reyes struggles to control The Ghost Rider, S.H.I.E.L.D. infiltrates a high-security prison to unravel the secrets that haunt them all.
4x06 "The Good Samaritan" Jeffrey Bell Billy Gierhart 11/01/2016 4.06
The shocking origin story of Robbie's transition into Ghost Rider is revealed as the lives of Coulson and the team hang in the balance.
4x07 "Deals with Our Devils" DJ Doyle Jesse Bochco 11/29/2016 4.07
After losing half their team, the remaining members look for answers as time begins to run out for Ghost Rider.
4x08 "The Laws of Inferno Dynamics" Paul Zbyszewski Kevin Tancharoen 12/06/2016 4.08
S.H.I.E.L.D. and Ghost Rider find themselves unlikely allies when the lives of all of Los Angeles hang in the balance
409 - 1 "Broken Promises" Brent Fletcher Garry A. Brown 10/01/2017 4.09
Coulson is unaware of a dark secret May is hiding, even as the two grow closer; AIDA is determined to find the Darkhold.
4x10-1 "The Patriot" James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver Kevin Tancharoen 17/01/2017 4.10
Coulson and Mack discover a shocking secret about Mace, which Leaves all of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a dangerous situation.
4x11-1 "Wake Up" Drew Z. Greenberg Jesse Bochco 24/01/2017 4.11
May races to find the truth about what happened to her, while AIDA's next move could mean the death of them all.
04x12-1 "Hot Potato Soup" Craig Titley Nina Lopez-Corrado 31/01/2017 4.12
Agents Sam and Billy Koenig are hunted down to get at the Darkhold book, and only Coulson and the team can save them before the clock ticks out.
S04E13 - 1 "BOOM" Nora Zuckerman & Lilla Zuckerman Billy Gierhart 07/02/2017 4.13
Daisy, Mace and the S.H.I.E.L.D. team must find a way to contain an explosive Inhuman. Meanwhile, Coulson and Mack come face-to-face with Radcliffe’s inspiration for AIDA.
S04E14 - The Man Behind the Shield "The Man Behind the Shield" Matt Owens Wendey Stanzler 14/02/2017 4.14
Mace fights for his life while Coulson and team find themselves in a deadly cat-and-mouse game as they attempt his rescue
S04E15 - Self Control "Self Control" Jed Whedon Jed Whedon 21/02/2017 4.15
Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.
S04E16 - Fitz "What If..." DJ Doyle Oz Scott 04/04/2017 4.16
Hail the New World Order! Daisy and Simmons uncover secrets and lies in a world gone mad. With Hydra in control, they are our only hope to save everyone.
S04E17 - Ward "Identity and Change" George Kitson Garry A. Brown 11/04/2017 4.17
As Daisy and Simmons struggle to discover an escape route to the real world, the identity of the Inhuman leader of the Resistance is revealed.
S04E18 - Mace Coulson "No Regrets" Paul Zbyszewski Eric Laneuville 18/04/2017 4.18
The truth behind Fitz’s turn could bring down all of S.H.I.E.L.D.
S04E19 "All The Madame’s Men" James C. Oliver & Sharla Oliver Billy Gierhart 25/04/2017 4.19
Daisy finds herself teamed up with an unlikely partner. Meanwhile, AIDA prepares to put her ultimate end game into effect.
S04E20 "Farewell, Cruel World!" Brent Fletcher Vincent Misiano 02/05/2017 4.20
The clock is ticking for Daisy and Simmons to get the team out of the Framework, but not everyone is ready and willing to leave.
S04E21 "The Return" Maurissa Tancharoen & Jed Whedon Kevin Tancharoen 09/05/2017 4.21
Coulson and the team's victory in the Framework is short-lived, revealing an even deadlier enemy looming against them all.
S04E22 "World's End" Jeffrey Bell Billy Gierhart 16/05/2017 4.22
With the surprising emergence of Ghost Rider, Coulson and the team attempt to stop AIDA from ending the world.

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