This is who will be in charge when Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns for Season 6

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Dec 18, 2018, 11:00 PM EST (Updated)

Marvel’s most-viewed show — an easier and easier title to maintain as its streaming shows drop like flies — is coming back next summer and it’s bringing a new director along for the ride. Yes, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is returning for its sixth season by doubling down on a late-game change from last season.

According to TVLine, Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie (Henry Simmons) is now permanently in charge of the agency after taking over for a dying Phil Coulson in the finale of Season 5. The ABC show will see the Season 2 addition calling the shots until the timeline’s changed, Coulson is miraculously saved, or some other big twist yanks responsibility away from him. But until then, all hail Mack.

Just look at him:

Marvel Agents of Shield Mack

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“Personally, I love the challenge of being the director of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Simmons said. “Mack has worked side-by-side with the people he now leads, and that works to his advantage — he’s one of them.” However, he’s inexperienced as a director — a role which means tough decisions often made from a detached point of view.

“But the one thing that can hinder Mack’s ability to lead is his reluctance to put the people he loves in the line of danger,” Simmons said. “As a result, this may lead to Mack’s toughest decision as director. What sacrifices will be made?” After a death-filled Season 5, expect no safety nets for fan favorites as Mack starts leading more missions.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. begins airing its thirteen episode season during the summer of 2019.