With the holiday season now behind us, fans can look forward to their favorite TV shows returning in the new year, along with a few new programs debuting such as Marvel's Agent Carter, which kicks off its seven-week run with the two-hour premiere, "Now Is Not The End" and "Bridge and Tunnel" on Tuesday, January 6 at 8 PM ET on ABC. Actress Hayley Atwell reprises her role as Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter in the series. During an interview with TV Line, Hayley Atwell reveals that a large part of who she is now revolves around her relationship with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in Captain America: The First Avenger, as she mourns the loss of the love of her life.
"(Much of who she is now) stems from her relationship with and her love of Steve Rogers. I think she found in him the love of her life, the greatest man that she's ever known in terms of his character and his values. And in that grief we see her own personal struggles and her own kind of exhaustion, but also the determination to carry on his work. You're seeing someone who has her own demons and her own character flaws, and she's having to struggle with that while keeping up this facade of a put-together, perfect agent who can cope with everything. But there's a cost to that. Everyone on the planet is only strong until a certain point, everyone has a trigger, and this season really shows that. [In Peggy] we don't have someone who is superhuman in her abilities. We see her cry, we see her private moments, we see her loneliness. We see the emotional and psychological costs of the position that she's in and the loss that she's had of Steve."
In the two hour premiere, Peggy is tasked with finding the "bad baby" inventions of Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) before they get into the wrong hands, but, Hayley Atwell revealed that the show will not have a "case of the week" format, teasing that it will get much darker than fans may expect.
"It's not like, 'Let's find this 'bad baby,' now let's find that 'bad baby.' It goes to a much deeper, darker place. I was absolutely shocked and delighted when I started to read the later episodes and see the direction we're going in. That's one of the advantages of having only eight episodes, is that it's not diluted over 22. This has a very strong story and is essentially four films."