‘WandaVision: Episode Eight’ – TV Review – THN

A look at the penultimate episode of the Disney+ series.

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The penultimate episode of WandaVision reveals much about what it is that has been happening this whole time, as it sets the stage for a final episode where pretty much all bets are off the table. Using the theme of finding truth within grief, it is an episode that allows for a fuller exploration of who Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) is and where she has come from, giving a deeper sense of her origins than her cinematic appearances ever allowed for. What we think we might already know about Wanda is also very much thrown into question. 

At the end of last week’s episode, it was revealed that Wanda and Vision’s (Paul Bettany) neighbour Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) was not just another resident of Westview under Wanda’s control. She was in fact a witch, real name Agatha Harkness, who has been manipulating elements of Wanda’s fantasy the entire time. But she is not the one responsible for said fantasy. As a witch who has been on the Earth for hundreds of years, Agatha was drawn to the magic conjured by Wanda to create the sitcom world within Westview. Now that she has revealed herself to Wanda, Agatha is determined to get Wanda to reveal just how she managed to pull off magic on this scale, and that means taking her back across her life to revisit her most painful memories. 

This is something of a ‘clipshow’ episode if you will, as Wanda and Agatha take a trip into Wanda’s timeline, from her childhood in Sokovia (where we are shown just why Wanda has been drawing upon sitcoms this entire time), to her being granted powers by the Mind Stone when working for Hydra, to her dealing with the loss of Vision after returning from The Blip. 

Read the full review over at THN, originally published February 26th 2021.

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