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The main reason ‘WandaVision’ is so good, based on its latest episode

‘WandaVision’ released its eighth episode of the series on Friday. The episode included flashbacks to what’s happened before

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Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in ‘WandaVision.’

Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff and Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness in “WandaVision.”

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For weeks, we’ve been wondering how “WandaVision” came to be. And I’m not talking about the Disney+ show. I’m talking about the show within the show.

Each week, we, as viewers, watched Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) appear as sitcom characters in different eras of television comedies. We saw an “I Love Lucy” knockoff, a “Full House” spinoff and even, most recent, something similar to “The Office.” And we never knew how it happened. We didn’t know how Wanda set everything up.

We get answers in the most recent episode, and there are a lot of them. We learn so much about how Westview came to be and how Wanda brought Vision back to life. We even learn about the origins of Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn).

Simply put, almost every major question of the show was answered in episode 8. Everything that we wanted to see came to life. In many ways, there’s little left to wonder about as far as mysteries and cliffhangers go.

So you would think, in some ways, episode 8 would be the finale. You would think the show would end with all of the answers unveiled. But this isn’t the case at all. The show has plenty more to give for its forthcoming finale — and that’s what makes this show so great and such a valuable part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

“WandaVision” may have answered all of its mysteries. But the finale will set up the future of Marvel, and for that, we can’t ignore the greatness of the Disney+ show.

Agatha Harkness — a new great villain

First off, we have to give a major shoutout to Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn). We get her origin story, which begins in Salem, Massachusetts (shoutout to my home state!). Agatha then uses the rest of the episode to understand how the world of Westview came to be and what Wanda has in terms of her power.

Agatha — though only a villain in two episodes so far of this show — already ranks among the best villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe pantheon. She’s got Loki vibes with serious Hela (Thor’s sister in “Thor: Ragnarok”) energy, which is a great combination of sarcasm, strength and skill.

Here’s hoping we get more Agatha in future Marvel projects. She has the right combination of features to last a long time in the franchise.

Dealing with grief

We’ve seen hints of Wanda dealing with grief during the show’s run. We saw her talk about Vision’s death here and there, confronting what happened to her husband, Vision, and what had happened to her brother, Pietro. She’s been on the edge of tears multiple times throughout the show.

Knowing what happened to Vision in “Avengers: Infinity War,” we knew grief would be a popular theme in the show. There was no way Wanda was going to make it through this show without shedding a few tears.

Though it’s been hinted at before, it wasn’t until episode 8 that we saw the theme truly explored. We saw Wanda handle her grief through a new technique for the show — flashbacks. We see her history. Fans watch her move through her past and explain how each moment led to the beginning of “WandaVision” as a show.

It’s tremendous to see her handle her grief. She, like so many others right now because of the coronavirus pandemic, had to watch the tragedy unfold before her.

And it’s Vision, of all people, who has the strongest message of all — grief is love persevering. Love survives through grief.

That’s a message we can all take away this year.

Let’s talk about the ending.

Again, I don’t want to spoil the ending — and by ending, I mean the post-credits scene. I’ll have another article about that later.

But the show’s ending really sets up an intriguing season finale. Television shows that can set up proper season finales with an epic clash are always the best ones. It’s hard for a TV show to pull it off. But “WandaVision” appears to be close to doing so with its finale.

We know enough for what’s coming in the next episode to understand that there are a few major clashes on the way. We still need answers to what happened between Pietro (Evan Peters) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Prince), which is essentially pitting QuickSilver vs. Pulsar. And then there’s the end credits scene, which sets up another major battle.

There’s so much to look forward to in the finale. So much so that it’s unfortunate we have to wait another week to see what happens next. Fans of Vision and Wanda have likely been celebrating this show from start to finish. And based on the end credits scene, those same fans will be stoked for what might come next week.