Why The Latest Episode of WandaVision Concerns Me

IMPORTANT WARNING: This post will include spoilers for ALL WandaVision episodes from 1-7, including game changing reveals at the end. DO NOT proceed any further if you do not want to be spoiled.

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Hello beans!

I’m going to assume that by now you’ve at least heard of the TV show that’s sweeping the world with Mandalorian level fame, Marvel’s first Disney+ original show, WandaVision.

I won’t be doing a run down of the show’s plot since I’m mainly writing this gearing towards people who have already seen all the episodes before this, and it’s very hard to explain the plotline to someone who hasn’t seen it. (And even more difficult if you don’t know anything about Marvel.)

Because my main effort in this post isn’t to address the series as a whole, but rather the game changing plot twist at the end of episode 7.

You probably already know where I’m going with this.

A lot of people had already guessed that Agnes/Agatha would be a villain in this series due to her similarities to Agatha Harkness from the comics, so to some fans, this was more of a confirmation rather than a twist. But still for the most part, everyone was still shocked when one of the big baddies turned out to be the innocent nosy neighbor, Agnes.

While I really loved her villain introduction and build up (and the clues were expertly hidden), her villain reveal has me feeling some major concern for the end of the series.

While just about every aspect of this show draws me in and enhances my enjoyment, the one thing that stands out particularly strong is Wanda’s character.

Her backstory, the ebb and flow of her morality in her story, the tragedy of everything she’s lost, the exploration of her powers, and how that all culminates into what she creates in Westview for herself and Vision is one of the most fascinating character arcs I’ve ever seen.

I really enjoy Wanda’s duality. Watching her go from kind, caring mother to mentally unstable, grief stricken woman and back to gentle mom within a few minutes is absolutely chilling in the best way possible. Having a character be both the protagonist and the villain is a dangerous and bold move, especially one who’s already been established in the Universe and loved by fans. But it seems like it’s paying off for Marvel.

And personally, I loved it. This is my first experience with Marvel, with only having information from the Internet about the basics of Marvel movie lore (although I’d like to go through most of the movies at one point!), so I don’t have a real connection with Wanda or Vision or the universe, so I am adoring seeing her play both the hero and the villain of the story.

I want to see her spin wildly out of control and see the explosive end to the series.

I want…….a tragic end.

I want a warning message of grief and pain and desire, and how we must control it before it controls us.

And that’s where my concern about Agatha comes in.

Like the lyrics say, it was Agatha all along. I feel like it’s too early to interpret what that fully means, but now I’m worried.

Are the writers going to do a cop out?

Are they going to pull the trope that Wanda wasn’t truly evil or unstable, just being mind controlled by Agatha? Or being manipulated by Agent Hayward?

Maybe I’m worried that this will feel too clean. Relying on what’s been done before because the writer’s are too scared to take a risk. That we’ll end up with something we’ve seen a million times, instead of something new and innovative, like the previous episodes have achieved.

WandaVision is such a dynamically different show. I’ve truly never seen anything like it, and I don’t think I ever will again. The episodes leading up to this have been absolutely powerful and inspiring. I want it to go out with as much of a bang as it started with.

To be fair, I can understand the writers’ hesitation. There are a lot of Wanda Maximoff fans. People who grew up with her and don’t want it to end like this. If Wanda’s story is finished when the last episode premieres, and especially if her end is tragic, she will probably lose most of her marketability.

And while film making is an art, it is also a business.

Now, like I discussed with a friend, this is probably not fully the case. I don’t think that Wanda will walk away from this completely blameless. As we’ve seen, Wanda still does have control over some elements of Westview. She will probably still be somewhat to blame for what happens at the end of everything.

It’s still hard to say. I feel like we’re still in for a few more insane twists before everything is over. Maybe my worries will be all for naught. We’re in the middle of the series now, so it’s really still difficult to judge where exactly this is heading, and who is really to blame for Westview.

But nonetheless, with Agatha (and even Hayward) shaping up to be big time villains in this series it can’t help but make me a little worried. Because the more that gets revealed, the more I wonder if the end will be as mind blowing as the beginning of this wild series had been.

But at the end of the day, Agatha’s song is still awesome.

6 thoughts on “Why The Latest Episode of WandaVision Concerns Me

  1. Gosh I love WandaVision. I don’t even usually watch Marvel, but I KNEW I had to watch this because of the theme of the decades. I saw the trailer during Thanksgiving and I was like, “um I will be watching this thank you.” And gosh Agnes was my favorite character! 😦 she still might be though 😅 Anyway I’m happy to see how this turns out!

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  2. I pretty much agree? I don’t know, I mean, I hope that the series ends with a bang, like you said. But as far as Wanda being the villain or not, I don’t really care. She’s already been a sort of villain in the MCU. I’m probably always going to love her character. And…I’m pretty sure she’s confirmed for Dr. Strange 2? So I don’t think that this will be the end to her story.

    Also…if you’re liking WandaVision, I feel it is my duty to give a plug to Agents of SHIELD. Go watch it. Now.

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  3. I think that they’ll kind of do both because Agatha didn’t make Westview, she’s not the one holding the town hostage. At the beginning of Agatha All Along (which is a bop) she arrives at Westview on her broom. She may be messing up things inside of Westview and pushing Wanda to the edge, and she may have kidnapped the twins, but she’s not really behind everything. If that makes sense?

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  4. Hi! Big big Marvel fan here. I read the comics that Wandavision is based off of as well as all 22 movies, like, you know, a nerd. 😊 I have to say that I’m intrigued by your take here, especially since you haven’t seen much of Wanda until now.
    So you’ve mentioned that you appreciate Wanda’s duality, and so do I— the development is 10/10– but I wonder if the reason you want the bang is because you haven’t experienced it yet.
    Really, if you look at the entirety of canon, all of Wanda’s life has been one big bang after the other. Losing her parents, watching her country get overtaken, being a human experiment, losing her brother, being caught in political fire, unjustly imprisoned, losing the love of her life, literally dying, it’s all been one giant bang after the other. This is the first time since Infinity War where Wanda isn’t in direct conflict or treated like a minor antagonist, so we really get to delve into the consequences of her life and how that affects her. At the end of the day, her situation influenced her choices. Her grief and pain took over her functioning. But none of that indicates any kind of evil whatsoever. Isn’t that duality beautiful to see?
    But I think you know that.
    I apologize for being long winded but I did want to address something you said that is super important.
    “I want a warning message of grief and pain and desire, and how we must control it before it controls us.”
    With all due respect, those things can’t be controlled. Not the way we think it can. The warning is there, but the responsibility doesn’t fall on Wanda alone, and it doesn’t fall on us alone either. I think, at the core somewhere, this show is about a search for healing, for peace, that somewhere in the line of tragic endings at least one good thing can happen. That is so much more powerful than yet another horrible ending with more trauma. The last three movies in the MCU proves that hurting characters hurt and don’t make great stories. Hurting characters learning to heal and receive support from loved ones does. I’d so encourage you to get more material on Wanda (and Agatha too, an *amazing* villain) if you can, and I’ll end this stupidly long rant (apologies!) with this:
    You don’t want a tragic end. You want a satisfying one, and those two are not the same thing. 🙂

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