WandaVision episode 7 spoilers follow.
Episode seven of WandaVision was jam-packed with titillating details. From Monica Rambeau's budding superpowers to Vision's self-awareness, the episode set in the style of Modern Family was one of the most interesting to date.
But most exciting of all, we learned that – as we all suspected – Wanda isn't the only person messing with Westview. It turns out that eccentric neighbour Agnes (the queen Kathryn Hahn) is also a magical being named Agatha Harkness, manipulating elements from within The Hex to her own dastardly ends.
The question that follows, and will likely be answered, is – why? Why did Agnes, really named Agatha Harkness, get neighbour Herb to saw through a wall, or mess with Wanda and Vision's magic show? Most importantly, why oh why did she kill Sparky?
Our working theory is that one of Agatha's ultimate goals is to figure out how to resurrect the dead. Yes, this is also partially what's motivating Wanda, but Wanda is clearly working through her grief via the sitcoms she's creating.
As she draws closer and closer to the 'present' day in the style and tone of her shows, she has to reckon more and more with actual reality, and the fact that Vision is dead. Proof that she can't really resurrect the dead comes from the fact that when she summoned Pietro, she magicked up the X-Men version of him, played by Evan Peters, rather than the MCU version (played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
Agatha, on the other hand, is basically evil (at least in the show) and likely wants to raise the dead for nefarious reasons. Unable to, but knowing that Vision is dead and yet somehow still kicking around Westview, she sets about trying to figure out how Wanda did it.
And here we come to Sparky. What better motivator to use a resuscitation power than your kids' dead pet dog?
Unfortunately for Agatha, Wanda doesn't take the bait and instead explains to her sons that while grief is a feeling you want to run away from, you can't and shouldn't. (In the classic parenting 'do as I say not as I do' trope.) But what's more interesting is that when her sons ask her to bring Sparky back, Agatha is genuinely intrigued by the proposition and seems to break her 'Agnes' character for a moment of curiosity.
We don't yet know what Agatha wants from Wanda, but the power to bring back the dead is probably high on the list given her first question to Wanda: "you can do that?" There's also the fact that she has effectively kidnapped Wanda's sons Tommy and Billy, both of whom are displayed powers inherited from their parents.
Agatha's storyline in the show is quite different from that of the comics. In the comics, Agatha was Wanda's mentor, helping her uncover the true origins of her mutant power.
In the comics, Agatha also works with big-bad Mephisto – who could still be the ultimate do-badder behind The Hex. While Agatha's song 'It Was Agatha All Along' reveals that she was messing with Wanda, that still doesn't explain who created The Hex.
It could be that WandaVision pulls from the comics, in which Agatha worked with Mephisto. In this storyline, Agatha wipes Wanda's memory of her twins rather than help her get them back from Mephisto.
Agatha also seemingly draws power from children (remember her throwaway line, 'I did bite a child once?' and the commercial with the shark that sings while a boy starves to death?) and the disappearance of Billy and Tommy could be part of her nefarious plan. Perhaps she uses their powers to stay young, or alive (a la Voldemort and Unicorn's blood) while seeking a more permanent way to beat death – hence, testing Wanda's resurrection powers.
Or maybe she just really doesn't like kids. Either way, Agatha is devilishly fun to watch – even if she did kill sparky.
WandaVision airs weekly every Friday on Disney+.
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