If you haven’t seen it yet WandaVision episode 8 so far, now is your chance to save. The following article contains massive spoilers before the episode and beyond.
The penultimate episode of WandaVision has cleared the air around all the confusion about the sitcom-themed events within the Westview anomaly. The events in the Hex, as Darcy Lewis conceived it, take place in leaps of time as everyone in town takes inspiration from American sitcoms. While the S.W.O.R.D agents couldn’t figure out the reason for the sitcoms, the latest installment of the series titled “Previously On” shows that it’s all tied into Wanda’s past.
Throughout the episode, Wanda is forced by Agatha Harkness to relive her past to determine how she managed to curse an entire town in some long-running, ongoing witchcraft. That’s right! The latest episode of WandaVision finally confirmed that it was indeed Wanda (not Agatha) who created the Hex and captured all the people of Westview in her creation. Episode 7 introduced Agatha Harkness disguising herself as Wanda’s neighbor Agnes from the beginning. The montage, “Agatha All Along”, seemed to convey that the whole anomaly was her creation and that Wanda was just a pawn. But it turns out that Wanda started it all, while Agatha manipulated the events inside to bend Wanda to her will.
Wanda’s connection to sitcoms
When Agatha Wanda begins to reveal her past, it begins with her childhood, where she lived with her parents and twin brother in Sokovia. Her father, Oleg Maximoff, illegally sells American movie DVDs to meet daily needs. Sokovia has been ravaged by war and trapped between the Cold War between the US and Russia. This explains why Oleg hides his collection of DVDs, as many Russian and Eastern European areas at the time resorted to anti-American sentiments, including ignoring American culture. We see how the family arranges a TV evening every week. That day they decide to watch The Dick Van Dyke Show, Wanda’s favorite sitcom.
Here we realize that sitcoms are Wanda’s favorite for entertainment and she enjoys experiencing the fun with her family. Sadly, that’s the same night Maximoff’s house is destroyed by a Stark Industries missile, killing both Oleg and Irina. While she waits for the second bomb to go off, Wanda sees that the show is still on the distorted TV.
By the end of the episode, you realize it was all a bad dream. None of it was real. ‘ That’s where the sitcoms came from. Wanda’s past. “
Sitcoms were Wanda’s dream reality
As a child, sitcoms were Wanda’s escape from the harsh reality of her childhood. It was her way of experiencing, feeling and understanding real happiness, something that was missing from her daily life. The sitcoms helped her navigate the horrific times she went through with her brother, and she probably wanted the laughs the shows generated to be a permanent part of her life.
Wanda has never given up on sitcoms
As we go further into Wanda’s past, we see that Wanda never gave up watching sitcoms, even after her parents passed away. She went on to work through her grief and anger against Stark and political warriors through sitcoms, even as she volunteered for Hydra’s human experiments for enhanced individuals. Sitcoms were still her escape from reality; her source and inspiration of happiness.
Sitcoms led Wanda to form a band with Vision
In the last part of her backstory, we see Wanda watching Malcolm in the middleWanda sits in the Avengers compound mourning her brother’s death. She tries to find some comfort in the sitcom before Vision comes through the wall. Vision talks to her about his lack of emotion (Vision was still trying to understand people at the time), and tries to comfort her. They even laugh, and that’s the first time they bond; so sitcoms that once again lead her to other happy moments.
Wanda didn’t just create a “Sitcom Reality”
At first, it feels like Wanda made the Hex in the form of her long-loving sitcoms of choice. But that’s not the full truth. After finding Vision’s body dismantled at S.W.O.R.D headquarters, she emerged from a place of great grief and fear. What she did with Westview was neither a plan nor a choice, but she had to find a way back to happiness.
Wanda’s creation of Hex was her version of a happy place, where she is free from all the negativity that has always surrounded her life. Sadly, she has no happy memories other than the few she shared with Vision. She lost her parents in her childhood, half her adulthood she longed for revenge, and she lost her brother and left nothing in her life to be happy. Even her relationship with Vision never found peace given the chords and then she lost him too.
When Wanda released all her energy to capture Westview in her own reality, the result was a sitcom reality. A place where she knew she had always been happy. The only place where she felt like she was experiencing true happiness and a peaceful life.
The way the writers and director dealt with this sitcom-themed reality gave them greater meaning to the overall story of the show. The sitcom factor even gave MCU a chance to explore Wanda’s past and place Easter eggs in a wider potential storyline that potentially spawns more storylines around Wanda and other associated characters. It will be interesting to see how WandaVision wrap up this captivating story in the final episode streaming next week.