WandaVision episode 8 once again asked more questions than it answered, continuing to encourage theories and fans trying to explain the ending, including the post-credits scene. Here’s the episode recap (which includes spoilers) and an explainer on what Chaos Magic is, whether Agatha is more powerful than Wanda, what Tyler Hayward is planning, and what to make of evil Vision.
WandaVision Episode 8 Ending explained | Recap, spoilers, theories
What is Chaos Magic?
Chaos Magic is a very rare, mythical type of magic that Wanda wields.
In WandaVision, Agatha Harkness explains that this makes Wanda a “Scarlet Witch,” which is the final line of the episode. Agatha is very curious about Wanda’s abilities and has been biding her time waiting for Wanda to reveal how she become so powerful.
In the opening to episode 8, we see Agatha use dark abilities to wipe out her coven, potentially leeching the power from them. It’s possible that Agatha was planning to do this to Wanda, but the ancient witch doesn’t want to ingest the Chaos Energy as she calls it “dangerous.”
As showcased by Wanda’s ability to transform Westview and bring back a version of Vision, Chaos Magic can transform reality to whatever the user wants.
Is Agatha more powerful than Wanda?
In a fair fight, Wanda is more powerful than Agatha Harkness.
Though episode 8 ends with a standoff, with Agatha taking hold of Wanda’s children, it’s not clear whether the two witches will actually do battle. Previously, Agatha stopped Wanda’s magic with the use of runes. Now they are in the streets of Westview and there doesn’t appear to be any runes in place, which means Wanda is free to attack with magic. However, with the revelation of Chaos Magic and Wanda being a Scarlet Witch, it’s possible that the two end their feud to work together somehow.
In the comics, Agatha Harkness teaches Wanda to control the Chaos Magic. A similar relationship could be forming in WandaVision, though Agatha’s kidnapping of Wanda’s two sons is a pretty extreme way of teaching! This would make them allies rather than foes.
It should also be noted that Agatha knows about the Infinity Stones and seems unphased by them being involved with Wanda’s enhancements.
What is Tyler Hayward planning?
Tyler Hayward is resurrecting Vision to attack Westview and Wanda.
After the post-credits scene, it becomes clear that Tyler Hayward is planning to attack Wanda by using his own corrupt version of Vision. Powered by Wanda’s Chaos Energy that has been pulled from a Stark Industries drone, the new Vision is white and appears less “alive.”
It’s not clear what Tyler Hayward is planning to accomplish here, as he has gotten caught up in a massive magical mess. Of course, it’s still possible for Hayward to reveal himself as the true villain, with some still believing he could be Mephisto and pulling the strings from behind the scenes.
Is the new Vision evil?
The new Vision does appear to be evil.
Wanda never took Vision’s body from S.W.O.R.D. Instead, Tyler Hayward kept the body and put Vision back together to serve S.W.O.R.D. By episode 8’s end, it’s clear that the new Vision has been revived and will be working for S.W.O.R.D., at least initially.
Will we see Wanda’s revived Vision fight S.W.O.R.D.’s Vision? The potential for an epic one on one encounter is certainly there. What’s Hayward’s endgame though? To know for sure, we’ll have to watch the next episode.
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