At end, the truth about what was happening on WandaVision was actually explanation.
But it’s no exaggeration to say that, for the duration of the series’ nine-episode arc, theories and speculation ran amok. From social media debates to YouTube videos to cast interviews to numerous articles positing which character would have a surprise cameo in the not-so-quiet little town of Westview, New Jersey, fans were participating in a conversation that only the weekly release of a TV show can provide — and taking advantage of the brief respite before new episodes to speculate about every possibility imaginable.
It’s a discussion that only could have occurred in the form that it did because WandaVision gave us its story in weekly installments, rather than adopting the binge-viewing technique popularized by other streaming services and dropping everything on Disney+ at once. However, this strategy also left viewers with plenty of time to theorize, do deep dives, and in some instances, twist themselves into knots of expectation over what they hoped the show would satisfy, rather than focusing on what it actually gave us — a complex grief narrative for one of the MCU’s most underserved Avengers (as well as a few fun secondary arcs that will obviously link up to future parts of the franchise).
The first few episodes of the show are more than just a fun love letter to sitcoms of yore, though; upon revisiting, they’re a narrative dedication to a woman moving through the stages of grief. In the beginning, Wanda is in such deep denial to the point of obliviousness. She has fully immersed herself in the role of housewife, and while she may not realize what she is magically capable of (she seems genuinely taken aback in Episode 1 when Mr. Hart begins choking on his dinner after trying to interrogate her and Vision about their past, even though it’s likely her own defense mechanism), she is content in the domestic setting she’s created — along with the version of Vision that she’s crafted from the Mind Stone augmentation of her power.
While this seemingly happy couple and the fantasy world they’re in begins to shift throughout the decades, hairstyles and clothes changing to fit the era they’re in, Wanda is also going through her mourning process and the different emotions that are conjured up for her, which is also reflected in her broadcast storylines. Her first confrontation with Monica Rambeau, which kicks off in Episode 3 and culminates in Episode 4, is the first time we see her lash out in anger. Her fight with Vision in Episode 5, in which she literally tries to roll the credits on him to avoid a necessary conversation, is laden with denial over what her powers are doing to the people of Westview. By Episode 7, Wanda’s first instinct is to stay in bed and lounge around the house in her pajamas, the intensity of her depression finally beginning to creep in at the corners as she directly talks to the camera about what she’s done.
Even once it’s revealed that nosy neighbor Agnes is Agatha Harkness, long-time witch and spectator with a front-row seat to Wanda’s seemingly effortless displays of power, the potential ramifications of the narrative don’t really change that much. Agatha hasn’t come to Westview with some universe-altering evil plan in mind, and she isn’t secretly in league with a bigger enemy either (sorry, Mephisto believers). All she wants is to discover how Wanda was able to not only create her all-encompassing Hex surrounding the town, but maintain most of the goings-on within it even when she’s not fully paying attention — magic on autopilot. It’s a refreshingly singular aim for an MCU villain, and one that perfectly falls in line with the smaller scope of WandaVision and its more contained story about a woman fighting through her losses to grow into her power.