One of the conceits of this adventure when it began was that it brought Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) back from the dead, but fans may have to say goodbye to him again in the adventure's fifth-season finale, forebodingly titled "The End." His fate hangs in the balance – as does that of Earth in general – as his S.H.I.E.L.D. colleagues determine what ultimately happens. Series co-creator Jed Whedon directed the story. Adrian Pasdar and Jeff Ward continue their guest roles. Ming-Na Wen and Elizabeth Henstridge also star.