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A Trip Down Memory Lane – WandaVision (Episode Eight) – Season’s Writings

“What is grief, if not love persevering?”—poetic words from Vision that tell us everything we need to know about WandaVision. At its core, this is a series about grief, what it means, and how it can affect us all.

This week’s episode is focused in on giving the answers we have been looking for. As we saw last week, Agatha Harkness has been manipulating things in the background in WandaVision and we learn here that although she has been pulling some strings, she is not the one who created the Hex, nor does she have control over it. Instead, she is a curious witch; an ancient one indeed, as we see her during Salem in 1693. Agatha is simply curious about how Wanda has done this spell-to-end-all-spells, and so she forces Wanda to take a trip through her memories in order to get to the bottom of it.

We see Wanda’s childhood and come to understand why the reality of the Hex is in the form of sitcoms; it is honestly the most simple answer, really, and the one that makes the most sense. Wanda grew up learning English watching sitcoms with her family in Sokovia. Sitcoms are intrinsically linked with her life through both joy and sorrow. In the darkest of times they were a comforting escape and it makes all the more sense why her fantasy life is manifesting in this way.

More curious to note is that we learn that Wanda’s interaction with the Infinity Stone during the Hydra experimentation wasn’t exactly what gave her her abilities. In fact, we learn here that she had latent abilities that were amplified by the Stone. Just as she unconsciously cast a probability hex which prevented the bomb from going off in her childhood, saving herself and Pietro, we learn that Wanda has always had magical powers. The question now is why and how?

After a few different stops in memory lane, we have a tender moment between Wanda and Vision at the Avengers compound—not long after her brother’s passing during Age of Ultron—and it’s a moment that really makes you understand why these people love one another; it’s an important scene. Vision delivers the aforementioned line and Wanda knows that he implicitly understands her in a way few others do. It makes it all the more tragic when we see the memory of Wanda storming S.W.O.R.D. HQ to acquire Vision’s body. We learn here that Director Haywood actually lied about Wanda stealing Vision’s body: she did nothing of the sort. She came to the facility and saw Vision had been dismantled, and she was unable to feel his life any more. She accepted this reality and left.

From here we see that Vision had, prior to Infinity War, purchased a plot of land in Westview for Wanda and himself to settle down in and hopefully grow old together. Wanda treks out to this location and, upon seeing the grounds where their home would of and should have been, utterly breaks down and, in her grief, loses control of her powers and, in an explosion of sorrow, manifests the reality that is the Hex—and most notably recreates Vision from nothing.

All of this information has made things clear for Agatha, who has now determined Wanda as too dangerous to live. Holding her children hostage, Agatha declares Wanda has been using chaos magic as the mythical “Scarlet Witch”, and we cut to credits. There was, however, a very important post-credits scene which shows us that Director Haywood, using energy from the Hex, has managed to switch his now-reassembled Vision back online; however, this one doesn’t look too friendly.

There are still so many questions to be answered and only one episode left. I have no idea how they are going to possibly resolve all the hanging plot threads with only one episode remaining, but I am hoping they can pull this off. WandaVision has caused me to rethink a lot about what the MCU can and will be, going forward, and I am very excited to see things come to a climax next week.

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