If you haven't seen WandaVision episode 8 yet, now is your chance to bail out. The following article contains massive spoilers for the episode and beyond.
The penultimate episode of WandaVision has cleared the air around all the confusion over the sitcom-themed events within the Westview anomaly. The events inside the Hex, as Darcy Lewis coined it, occur in time-jumps while everyone inside the town draws inspiration from American sitcoms. Though the S.W.O.R.D agents couldn't figure out the reason for the sitcoms, the latest episode of the series titled, "Previously On," shows that it's all attached to Wanda's past.
It was not entirely Agatha All Along
Throughout the episode, Wanda is forced by Agatha Harkness to relive her past to determine how she managed to jinx an entire town in some long-running continuous witchcraft. That's right! WandaVision's latest episode finally confirmed that it was indeed Wanda (not Agatha) who created the Hex and trapped all the people from Westview into her creation. Episode 7 introduced Agatha Harkness who disguised herself as Wanda's neighbor Agnes from the beginning. The montage, "Agatha All Along" seemed to convey that the entire anomaly was her creation and Wanda was just a pawn. But turns out Wanda did start everything, while Agatha just manipulated the events inside to bend Wanda to her will.
Wanda's connection to sitcoms
When Agatha starts showing Wanda her past, it begins with her childhood, where she was living in Sokovia with her parents and twin brother. Her father, Oleg Maximoff sells American film DVDs illegally to meet daily needs. Sokovia is war-ridden and caught between the US-Russia Cold War. This explains why Oleg keeps his collection of DVDs hidden, as many Russian and East-European territories back then resorted to Anti-American sentiments, which included disregarding American culture. We see how every week the family arranges for a TV night. That day they decide to watch The Dick Van Dyke Show, Wanda's favorite sitcom.
Here we realize that sitcoms are Wanda's favorite for of entertainment and she likes to experience the fun with her family. Unfortunately, that is the same night when Maximoff's house is destroyed by a Stark Industries missile, killing both Oleg and Irina. While waiting for the second bomb to go off, Wanda sees the show is still on the distorted TV set.
"At the end of the episode, you realize it was all a bad dream. None of it was real." That's where the sitcoms came from. Wanda's past."
Sitcoms were Wanda's wishful reality
As a kid, sitcoms were Wanda's escape from the harsh realities of her childhood. It was her way to experience, feel, and understand true happiness, something that lacked in her day-to-day life. The sitcoms helped her navigate the horrific times she endured with her brother, and she probably desired the laughter the shows generated to be a permanent part of her life.
Wanda never gave up on sitcoms
As we move further into Wanda's past, we see that Wanda never gave up watching sitcoms even after her parents' demise. She continued to process her grief and anger against Stark and political war-mongers through sitcoms, even when she volunteered for Hydra's human experimentations for enhanced individuals. Sitcoms were still her escape from reality; her source and inspiration of happiness.
Sitcoms led Wanda to form a bond with Vision
In the final part of her backstory, we see Wanda watching Malcolm In The Middle. Wanda is sitting in Avengers compound grieving over her brother's death. She's trying to find some solace in the sitcom before Vision comes through the wall. Vision talks to her about his lack of emotion (at the time, Vision was still trying to understand humans), and tries to console her. They even share a laugh, which is the first time they bond together; thus sitcoms once again ushering her into other happy moments.
Wanda didn't create a "Sitcom Reality" by choice
In the beginning it feels like Wanda has created the Hex in the form of her long-loving sitcoms by choice. But that's not the complete truth. After finding Vision's body dismantled at S.W.O.R.D headquarters, she came from a place of utter sorrow and anguish. What she did with Westview, was neither a plan nor a choice, but she needed to find a way back to happiness.
Wanda's creation of Hex was her version of a happy place, where she is free from all the negativity that her life has always been surrounded by. Unfortunately, she doesn't have any happy memories apart from the few she shared with Vision. She lost her parents in childhood, half her adulthood she craved revenge, and she lost her brother leaving nothing in her life to be happy about. Even her relationship with Vision never found peace given the accords and then she lost him too.
When Wanda released all of her energy to trap Westview in her own reality, the result was a sitcom reality. A place where she knew she had always been happy. The only place where she could feel like she was experiencing true happiness and peaceful life.
The way the writers and director handled these sitcom-themed realities gave them a greater significance to the overall narrative of the show. The sitcom factor even gave MCU a chance to explore Wanda's past and place easter eggs to a wider potential storyline that may spawn more storylines centered around Wanda and other associate characters. It will be interesting to witness how WandaVision will conclude this captivating story in the final episode scheduled to stream next week.