Series Review (With Spoilers): WandaVision: Season 1, Episode 7


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This episode reveals that Agnes (Hahn) is, in fact, Agatha Harkness and has been pulling the strings all along.

“WandaVision: Episode 7 – Breaking the Fourth Wall” was written by Cameron Squires and directed by Matt Shakman. While Vision (Paul Bettany), Darcy (Kat Dennings) and Monica (Teyonah Parris) try to rescue her, Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) decides to have the day to herself when “Agnes” (Kathryn Hahn) offers to watch the twins. 

With only two episodes of “WandaVision” remaining, it seems like all of the pieces of this puzzle are beginning to connect. This episode was loosely based on “Modern Family,” and I do believe that this will be the final episode mimicking sitcoms due to the big reveal at the end. A few of my previous theories were disproved, while three I’ve been repeating for weeks now were confirmed. 

“It was Agatha all along!” Finally, a third part has been revealed and “Agnes” is actually Agatha Harkness. This proves that sometimes the most obvious answer is the one right in front of you. I was so surprised, even though I’ve known this since before the first trailer debuted. This proves that comics don’t mean squat to what happens in live-action. In the comics, Agatha Harkness is a mentor to Wanda, which is the complete opposite of what she has been revealed as – the enthraller of Wanda. I suspect next week’s episode will be a flashback showing the origins of Agatha. This could possibly go all the way back to the Salem Witch Trials, as well as how Wanda retrieved Vision from S.W.O.R.D. and entered the hex. We still don’t know what Agatha’s motives are; she has spent this entire series trying to get near Wanda’s children, and pointing fingers at her master.

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I don’t see “Pietro” (Evan Peters) being that master, because while we still don’t know his true identity, Agatha’s theme song showed her as the reason he appeared. Dottie is another citizen of Westview who has been fairly quiet lately and is still a viable option for that big bad reveal. The vagueness of who is really behind everything is slightly frustrating when attempting to piece everything together. Who is Wanda controlling and who is Agatha controlling? Wanda may get upset when people “break character,” however, when Norm (Asif Ali) was set free by Vision in episode five, he referred to the person controlling him only as “her.” Agatha’s song also shows that she controlled Herb (David Payton). This may be her show in the end, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say she was the one who created the hex. Overall, I have to give major props to Kathryn Hahn’s performance, “Agatha All Along,” which copies “The Munsters” and is the best theme song by far in this series. We also get a decent look at the bottom half of her costume, and I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like.

In regards to Agatha’s “lair,” I’m left with more questions than answers. The aspect ratio changes throughout the show to differentiate real-world and hex settings. We never see them leave the hex, but the framing changes to real-world when in her basement. And what is with the book? Mephisto is still an option as Agatha’s master, but for some reason, I’m leaning heavily towards Nightmare to be revealed in that role soon. Where are the kids? Are they already with Agatha’s master? We are at a point where some situations need to be resolved or the runtime of each episode needs to be boosted significantly.

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As for Monica Rambeau’s origin, it might have felt slightly rushed, but it was impactful nonetheless. It was also extremely similar to the Fantastic Four origin, which makes the disappointing aerospace engineer reveal all the more upsetting. This engineer was referenced twice, and I never would’ve expected a nameless military person to show up in place of that. Paul Bettany has said that the mystery character has not yet been revealed, so I’m still holding out hope for something big. It’s interesting how they’re bringing two completely different sides to this show: science and magic. Hayward’s (Josh Stamberg) plan seems fairly clear cut at this point, but more than likely won’t be executed. He wants to bring Vision back to life in the real world. It could be referring to a return of Ultron, as creating a synthezoid body was his entire plan, but I don’t see Vision making it out of this series alive in any possible conclusion.

The end of sitcoms also means the end of commercials, and they went out leaving high expectations. In this episode there was a commercial for a depression pill called “Nexus,” which referenced cross-dimensional gateways to pass through realities. The Nexus is also a sort of connective tissue to the TVA (Time Variance Authority), who will appear in “Loki.” Since “WandaVision” is the beginning chapter of a trilogy, I can’t imagine that producers would wait to break open the Multiverse until “Spider-Man 3,” which won’t release for a number of months.