Wandavision episode 7 “Breaking the fourth wall.”

Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)
Last night’s Wandavision (SPOILER ALERT!)

Yes, of course, breaking the fourth wall is about how it is now Modern Family / The Office – where the protagonists are interviewed on the sidelines and speak directly to camera. (Agatha interestingly does so from a Director’s chair. Hint hint.)

I love how the symbolism of the show works. I didn’t spot it all at first – and had to watch those Youtube Easter eggs videos to get it. But once you’re alerted to the meaning of symbols the language of the show becomes easier to spot. I’m no Marvel expert, but here’s one even I spotted last night. And it’s all about coming to terms with reality.

EG: The ads. They describe Wanda’s emotional state. Last night’s ad was for “Nexus antidepressant” which threatens to show you that you aren’t the center of your reality – or are you? It’s like the Red Pill threatening to take you out of the Matrix. You’ll know the truth, but then there’s a whole new pile of baggage to deal with and confront. Speaking of baggage…

…then there’s the mailman. In a previous black and white episode he’s just carrying tiny little letters down the road in his bag, and Agatha gets all creepy with him saying something like “You be good – we’re watching you!” and making camp hex-like fingers at him. Why is she threatened by the mailman? Because the mailman brings news from outside of town – which in this case is news outside of Wanda’s TV show inspired reality. He’s news that penetrates. Wanda is creating most of this town – hypnotizing the residents into their various roles. So the mailman must represent her latent desire to know what’s real and deal with reality one day.

Back in the B&W episode Agatha won’t let him carry the tiniest letters down the road without being reminded that he’s being watched. But after Monica confronts Wanda with a whole bunch of truth and baggage – stuff so real that Agatha has to step in and guide Wanda away from this truth – the mailman has become a modern day courier pushing a trolley of large boxes of ‘truth’ down the road unchallenged. Check it out – it’s in the background and subtle – but he just carries huge boxes directly on by without challenge – all directly after Monica’s speech.

Does the Nexus ad and the mailman carrying huge parcels of ‘truth’ down the street unchallenged mean Wanda is starting to accept the truth? Monica told her “It has to end”. The Hex, the whole delusion she has trapped the whole town in, must end.

Finally, Agatha appears to trap Wanda in the basement and the evil “It was Agatha all along!” song begins. It appears Agatha has taken over, and reverted all the progress in the TV show through the decades back to a camp B&W witch show like Bewitched or the Adam’s Family.

Again, I’m not a Marvel expert and have probably missed 90% of the references in this episode. Check the youtube Easter-egg videos for more. I’m just saying that there’s so much more to Wandavision than an excuse to revisit the camp silliness of yesteryear’s comedies. Once you get the allegories, it becomes a whole new show – and a fairly sinister one at that!

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