Throughout “WandaVision,” I (and I suspect a lot of others) have been looking to Agnes (Kathryn Hahn) to be something more than just another person trapped in Wanda’s world. She may still turn out to be so, but her turn in an “All-New Halloween Spooktacular,” alongside Wanda’s, might be revealing the actual big bad of the show. And that big bad is something we all deal with in our own ways. Wanda’s grief isn’t all that different from anyone else’s, she just has bigger ways of expressing it.
Not The Revelations You Expected
Fans of the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe may be a little disappointed in this episode as it doesn’t feature the jaw-dropping reveals of the last few weeks. “All-New Halloween Spooktacular” has its moments as well, but they are, on appearances, minor. Wanda’s uncertainty of how Pietro got to her world and why he isn’t exactly who she remembers is causing her distress. That might explain why she fails to notice Vision’s escape attempt.
Holding The Vision
It seems that Wanda is having an increasingly difficult time holding her world together. Vision has taken to hiding his explorations of what is going on from her. The fact that he can get away with that unnoticed by her is crucial to the overall story. Wanda, so far, has successfully had everyone believing their part in Westview. Travel just below the surface of that reality, and you hear the screaming to get out. But to outer appearances, life is good, even if time moves differently. Now that Vision can reach through to the underlying reality, Wanda has a lot more to cover up.
Dead, Dead, Dead
And then we have Vision’s encounter with Agnes. In the episode, we see that the further you get from the center of town, the less activity. Agnes is right on the very edge when Vision encounters her. When he briefly lets her out of Wanda’s world, she instantly recognizes him and wonders if he is there to save her. She also realizes that she can’t be right as he is dead and wonders if she is too. When Vision doesn’t know what to do, Agnes thinks there truly is no way out of her situation. Kathryn Hahn does a tremendous job conveying this with only a little screen time.
The star of the episode is the grief that is very clearly omnipresent in Westview. It’s presented in many different ways throughout the series but never quite as clearly as it is here. Between Wanda’s feeling that she is losing control and Agnes’ sense that there is no escape, the reality of Westview becomes clear. Wanda’s grief comes out in so many different ways. It’s a potent reminder that it’s ok to ask for help when you don’t know how to deal with your emotions.