Episode 8 of WandaVision was released today on Disney+, following on from the shock ending to episode 7 last week. You can read my thoughts on the previous episode here or continue reading for my thoughts on episode 8. Be warned – spoilers below!
So last week we learned that it was “Agatha all along” and that she was responsible for sending fake Pietro (or Fietro as Agatha calls him) into Westview, as well as causing all sorts of mischief inside the hex. Episode 8 starts with an awesome opening where we get a taster of an origin story for Agatha Harkness, which was pretty cool, but I hope we find out more about Agatha’s past as she look like she could be a big character in the MCU. Even before the Agatha origin scene, when the introductory title sequence finished rolling, the Marvel logo colour changes from red to purple, symbolizing Agatha’s magical powers and her ownership of episode 8.
Episode 8 follows a much more serious style than previous episodes, there’s no sitcom style to the episode or supporting characters providing comical relief, instead we take a trip down memory lane for Wanda and explore her past trauma. In previous episodes, we’ve seen Wanda’s trauma bottled into commercials which played out in nearly every episode, so it was cool to see Wanda reliving these first hand and the emotions they invoked. I also loved that we got to see where Wanda’s love of sitcoms came from, when way back when she was a child in Sokovia she would watch The Dick Van Dyke Show with her family along with many other popular sitcoms.
We learn that director Hayward lied to Jimmy, Monica and Darcy stating earlier in the series that Wanda had broken into the SWORD facility, stolen Vision’s body and resurrected him. In fact, it was Hayward who prompted Wanda to take Vision’s body, which as we learn later in the episode she follow through with. Instead Wanda seemingly created Vision from matter, which would explain why Vision deteriorated when he left the hex because he can literally only exist within the hex.
We get another mid-credits scene, this time showing a brief look at what’s going on just beyond the hex with Hayward and SWORD. We see that the remnants of Vision have been put together to form a ‘White Vision’ and judging by that hollow robotic look in his eye, I think SWORD will be sending him in to try and take down Wanda. That being said, I could imagine Wanda’s Vision inside the hex combining with the White Vision, almost like his soul combining with his body, to create effectively a new Vision similar to what we have seen in the past.
Something that has been bugging me ever since episode 4 of WandaVision is the ‘missing person’ Jimmy Woo was initially in search of. In episode 4, Jimmy explains to Monica that his missing person, who was in the witness protection programme, had disappeared and none of his know associates or family had ever heard of him. I really hope that there actually is a missing person who is important to the story and given the fact we haven’t heard a name of the missing person yet, there’s still hope that this could be the case. We do know how crafty Marvel can be though and this could simply be a plot device to throw us off!
It’s heart breaking that Vision’s dream of a home for himself and Wanda to grow old in was his last parting gift to Wanda. When Wanda sees the plot of land for the first time and reads Vision’s note we see a lifetime of grief explode out of Wanda which really is bittersweet to see. One theme that has been prevalent throughout WandaVision is that at the heart of all of Wanda’s charades, she just wants to escape her trauma and have her own little family with Vision. I think the series has done a fantastic job at developing Wanda’s character and I’m hopeful that future Marvel shows can follow suit.
We’re very close to the end of WandaVision, a show which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching this unfold week by week. There are still so many unanswered questions, many of which I hope will be wrapped up in the final episode next week. We know that WandaVision links directly to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness so undoubtedly, there will still be some loose ends that the movie ties up. Either way, I can’t wait for the grand finale next week and I just hope we find out who Jimmy’s missing person is!