What These Eyes Have Seen -WandaVision Episode 8

***CONTAINS SPOILERS FROM EPISODE 8, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

Delighted to be so wrong about the adverts, but I think that’s maybe kind of the point. I won’t go overboard this time, as after next week all will be revealed so that would seem the appropriate opportunity to go back through the show with all of the facts, or at least all of the facts we’re going to get. These are my immediate thoughts (and I recognise this is mostly for me, but maybe it will mean something to you, too!):

  • One of the things that has made WandaVision so fun to watch is the way the format allows and encourages theorising about what’s happening. This is woven into fabric of the show, with things like Jimmy Woo’s whiteboard, Agatha saying “I have a theory, but I need more,” and questions like “Who’s doing this to you, Wanda?” through the radio all acknowledge information gaps and the pursuit of understanding. Nobody — not Wanda, not Agatha, not Hayward, not us — has the full picture of what has happened/is happening. Wanda is content to just accept Westview because she doesn’t want to understand it, she wants to live it. Vision, Agatha, and Hayward are each on their own distinct quests for deeper insight and it is these three who are destabilising the world that Wanda has made. The audience can only know what we’re permitted to know. In our desire to know more — to access the secret knowledge, such as that which was forbidden to 1693 Agatha in Salem — we indulge in apophenia, seeking and identifying clues and connections that are meaningless (perhaps a nod from Wanda in Episode 7’s breakdown). From a creative standpoint, this is a richly successful approach as it motivates ever deeper personal investment from the audience. It’s a fascinating and occasionally dangerous phenomenon, but let’s assume Marvel Studios means us no harm!

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Justin Capps

American singer-songwriter in the UK with his family, band, and band family. It is not a family band.