REVIEW: We Finally Know How Wanda Got to Westview in the Latest Episode of Marvel’s ‘WandaVision’
In the most heartbreaking and revealing episode of the series, fans learn just how much Wanda suffered to get to her dream life in Westview.
Before WandaVision aired on Disney+, fans had many questions. Why would Marvel create a TV show that seemed like a sitcom? Do we need it? What if it doesn’t work that well and fans hate it? While it took many episodes to get some answers, episode eight sheds new light on the first few episodes of the show and it is leaving fans utterly devastated in the best possible way.
Previously, we watched as Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) started to break down emotionally along with the reality of Westview too. We discovered that the seemingly friendly neighbor, Agnes (Kathryn Hahn), was really Agatha Harkness with a magical dungeon hidden in her basement. We were left on the cliffhanger that Billy (Julian Hilliard) and Tommy (Jett Klyne) are being kept somewhere in her dungeon.
If you haven’t caught up with WandaVision yet, check out the newest episode on Disney+ as there are heavy spoilers beyond this point.
The opening scene is completely different than anything we’ve seen on the show before. However, it is not unfamiliar to the Marvel movies opening scenes that show the origin story of the story’s villain. True to the comics, Agatha Harkness is a witch being ‘burned’ at the stake in Salem, Massachusetts for disobeying the rules of her coven and practicing dark magic. The trick is her powers are too strong, causing her to drain the life from everyone. We now know what sort of great destruction she is capable of.
Back in her lair, Wanda and Agatha discuss what each one wants. Wanda wants her children back and Agatha wants to know how Wanda created the reality of Westview. We also learn that Wanda’s powers and Agatha’s magic are different; Agatha has grown her powers over hundreds of years through study and practice, whereas Wanda’s powers have always come to her intuitively without rules. We also learn that Evan Peter’s Pietro was Agatha’s doing. While it was believable to Wanda, the audience we knew it wasn’t Aaron-Taylor Johnson’s Pietro due to the boundaries of Agatha’s spell.
Fans also learned that the sheer power of Westview is what originally attracted Agatha. She had never seen or felt power like that before so she had to find out how it was possible. Agatha wants to walk back through all of Wanda’s past memories to find how she created the Hex. In other words? A very experimental form of therapy that no one wants to go through, especially not Wanda. But she has no choice as Agatha has the twins locked away somewhere.
The first memory we walkthrough is a normal night in Sokovia. Wanda’s parents cook dinner while a young Pietro and Wanda play around. That’s when we discover Wanda’s father sold American sitcoms. The children would watch these shows to practice their English. All the shows they watched are the shows Wanda recreated in her Westview reality. Her favorite sitcom was actually the episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show that she recreates in the first episode of WandaVision. If you started crying here, it’s okay—we all did too. This was the moment the bomb hit their apartment, instantly killing both their parents. Only Wanda and Pietro survived but it may be because the stress of the situation caused Wanda’s powers to stop the bomb from going off. Wanda claims the bomb was defective but Agatha isn’t so sure.
The next memory they walkthrough is another allusion to a previous commercial. We are taken to Wanda’s time in the Hydra/Strucker experiments. She and Pietro volunteered after the horrors they faced as children at the hands of Tony Stark. Now we know in these experiments she was exposed to Loki’s scepter which contained the Mind Stone. When she collided with it, we see a figure that looks like the Scarlet Witch we know in the comics but we aren’t sure if this is a previous hero or Wanda in the future. Agatha believes her exposure to the Infinity Stone only made her powers stronger since she had no proper training as a child to harness her magic.
Next, we watch Wanda in her room at the Avengers compound in New York after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Vision enters her room to chat with her; clearly, she is still struggling after the loss of her home and her brother. They watch Malcom in the Middle and Vision does his best to comfort her and delivers the most poignant line of the show, “What is grief, if not love persevering?” He may be a robot but he certainly delivers the most beautifully human words of wisdom to our favorite characters.
Agatha knows she’s getting closer to her answer as Wanda becomes more emotional, which brings us to Wanda walking into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters looking for Vision’s body after the snap. She wishes to bury his body but he is currently the property of S.W.O.R.D. under the direct jurisdiction of none-other-than Director Hayward (Josh Stamberg). If you didn’t hate him before this episode, you definitely do now. The original video of Wanda stealing Vision’s body was completely fabricated. The reality is that Vision’s body was being taken apart by S.W.O.R.D. because of the Sokovian Accords. Hayward believes Wanda’s ultimate goal is not to bury him but to bring him back so he does not allow Wanda to take him. She takes one last look at Vision, speaks the words, “I can’t feel you,” which is a parallel to a line that fans are all too familiar with, and breaks all of our hearts once again.
The final memory is the one where we learn the truth behind the biggest mystery. Wanda drives through Westview and we witness all the characters living normal lives. She drives to the spot we know her sitcom house to be, but this plot of land doesn’t have a house on it. She pulls out a letter which is revealed to be a deed to the property given to her by Vision. In the center of the page is a red heart, encapsulating the words, “To Grow Old In;” Vision’s final wish. In her greatest heartbreak, her powers come out to build the home she so desperately wanted but it goes much farther than that. She takes over the town and single-handedly recreates Vision with the power of her mind, looking as if he stepped on to the set of her favorite Dick Van Dyke episode. It brings us full circle to the start of the show and yes we are all sobbing by now.
Her home is revealed to be a TV set as Agatha applauds her performance. We are brought back into the present moment as Agatha brings Wanda’s twins out but is still keeping them hostage. She tells Wanda, “You’re supposed to be a myth. A being capable of spontaneous creation.” She explains her powers come from Chaos Magic which in turn, defines her as the Scarlet Witch. Throughout all the movies, she has never been called by her superhero name until now and we will find out on the season finale exactly what that means.
Don’t miss the final showdown as we find out how it all ends on Disney+ this Friday, March 5.