Explanation of episode 9 of WandaVision: a sad and satisfying end

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 9, “The Series Finale.”]

I start writing this recap with the belief that it might actually be a pretty simple TV episode to cover. Terribly, in fact. (Scary because there are witches involved? I’ll look for a theme here.) To be sure, Wanda VisionThe “series finale” (entirely titled “The Series Finale”) wraps up the story of the weirdness that happens at Westview, offering both narrative and emotional closure, but there’s also a fair amount of detail. which will be a very likely factor in the MCU’s upcoming adventures (and despite the episode’s title, don’t exactly rule out a second season).


Things pick up where episode 8 left off, with Wanda facing off against Agatha, who has trapped Tommy and Billy. The first of many magical battles reveals what Agatha’s ultimate goal is – now that she’s figured out that Wanda is the Scarlet Witch of legend, she wants to suck Wanda’s power for herself, because she’s ‘someone’. one who knows what to do with it”.

Wanda manages to temporarily knock her down with the help of a telekinetic powered flying car (leading to a pretty hilarious scene Wizard of Oz tribute. But as she uses the short break to tell her boys to go inside, a new complication arises: As teased in the post-credits sequence last week, the White Vision has arrived with a directive from her new SWORD masters – take out Wanda.

Luckily, the color version of Vision arrives just in time to tackle her doppelganger, and while Agatha taunts Wanda about how awkward it is to see “your ex and your boyfriend together at the same party “, Wanda and her “husband” are united in their goal to fight for their home. Do you like the fight scenes in the air? Well, do I have a TV episode for you!

Meanwhile, Monica watches it all happen from afar after being grabbed by “Fietro” – while still having Quicksilver’s powers, Monica manages to deduce that the real man holding her captive is Agatha’s pawn. and, actually, an actor named Ralph Bohner (growls). And there we thought we would never meet Agnès’ “husband”! What a twist! Once Monica manages to sever the literal bond around her neck that fuels Agatha’s control over him, she’s free to join the battle unfolding outside.

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In the town square, Agatha has a good time taunting Wanda that “there’s a whole chapter” about her in the Darkhold, the magical book of the damned we’ve seen before in the lair of ‘Agatha. And Agatha also has a very clever twist up her sleeve, weaponizing the mind-controlled citizens of Westview against Wanda by removing said mind control. Finally free to speak their minds, they beg for the chance to hug their family, tell their departed loved ones that they love them or, in one case, to be allowed to die. It’s a pretty dark sequence, I’m not going to lie, and Wanda is so upset by it that she briefly loses control of it, almost making things worse before she realizes what she’s done and opens the barrier around Westview, allowing people to escape.

While said breakout occurs, Agatha maintains the attack, while SWORD takes advantage of the open barrier to enter for her own assault. This leads to a big moment in MCU Parenting: Wanda turns to her 10-year-old (four-day-old?) sons and says, “Boys, run the army. Mom will be back.”

Tommy and Billy use their powers against the SWORD goons, but things take a scary turn when the soldiers start firing their guns – luckily Monica arrives just in time to show off her shiny new superpowers, which include the ability to phase in a way that makes it bulletproof and prevents bullets from hurting children.

There’s another fight going on, of course, as Vision takes on White Vision, with the two doing a pretty good job of destroying the local library. But it’s words, not lasers or fists, that ultimately save the day, as Vision manages to engage with White Vision on a classic issue of “metaphysics of identity”: The Ship of Theseus, an experiment in thought very relevant to their respective situations, while two recreations of the same entity. Vision (or at least the guy we’ve come to accept as Vision this whole time) uses this as an opportunity to reactivate the “data” White Vision holds, opening up memories that cause White Vision to drop his attack.

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This allows Vision to join his family in battle, but Wanda fends him off to take down Agatha herself, using Agatha’s trick from before – lining a defined space with magical runes – to disable Agatha’s abilities. . Wanda then turns Agatha into “Agnes”, even though Agatha tells her “you’re going to need me”. Agatha is justified in this, given that their fight clearly unlocked a whole new level of power within Wanda. But all Wanda says is “if I do, I know where to find you.”

Outside Westview, our friend Agent Woo (capable of his own types of magic) managed to call the FBI to arrest Director Hayward, and inside Westview Hayward himself gets busted when Darcy arrives in his funnel cake truck, just in time to slam into his Hummer with a cheery “Have fun in jail!” With White Vision flying away, Agatha trapped back into her nosy neighbor persona, and the FBI controlling SWORD’s illicit shenanigans, things are pretty much complete… Except for the fact that Wanda now has to “fix things.” And that means saying goodbye to his family.

So she, Vision and the boys go home and they put their sons to bed as the outer barrier gets closer and closer. “Boys…thank you for choosing me to be your mother,” Wanda says, then she and Vision come downstairs for another goodbye.

Given the situation, Vision questions the nature of his reality, specifically who he is. “You, Vision, are part of the mental stone that lives within me. You are a body of threads, blood and bones that I created. You are my sadness and my hope. But above all, you are my love. .”

And that leads Vision to try and find the silver lining in its eminent erasure from history: “I was a voice without a body. A body but not human. And now a memory made real. Who knows what I might be. next? We’ve already said goodbye, so that goes without saying…”

Wanda replies, “we’ll see you again on hello”.

“Bye darling.”

I don’t cry, you cry.

The barrier arrives, restoring everything to where it was before Wanda’s world-altering outburst of grief, and she returns to downtown to meet an understanding Monica and acknowledge how much she hurt the people of Westview by losing. Control. “I don’t understand this power, but I will,” she tells Monica before leaving town just as Calvary arrives.

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In the first of two post-credits sequences, Monica compliments Jimmy Woo on taking over the scene before being asked to speak with another agent – who, inside the movie theater, stands reveals to be a Skrull! Not only that, but someone who was “sent by an old friend of your mother’s” to set up a meeting. When Monica asks where said meeting might be taking place, Agent Skrull just points and Monica smiles.

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In the second sequence, we see Wanda hanging out in a remote mountainous location (I’m betting on Switzerland, but don’t hold it there). But as she brews a cup of tea in super comfy hoodies, we see a second Wanda, in scarlet witch mode, floating through the air studying the Darkhold as the voices of Billy and Tommy shout at the help…maybe some sort of…multiverse?

Okay, maybe not so simple, as the episodes go by, but also not with some of the bigger twists we might have expected. (No sign of Benedict Cumberbatch, despite the rumors, and yes, the actor who Paul Bettany said he’d always wanted to work with was actually himself.) But while you could argue that the SWORD stuff was pretty useless/foreign (I certainly barely felt the need to mention anything in this recap, though I’m a huge Jimmy Woo fan), it’s because the episode instead focused on a serious emotional ending for… well, maybe not Wanda. Wanda still has some grieving to do – or maybe not, given where we’re leaving her.

But certainly for those of us who have spent the last two months invested in this show, especially how it made us care about a love story that the MCU had previously let play out entirely in spaces between scenes, “The Series Finale” delivered a satisfying enough ending. Yet at the same time, I kinda hope the title is a lie.

A last one before we go : “To bloom!”

The nine episodes of Wanda Vision are available now on Disney+.

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