As Wanda and the boys enjoy Halloween in WandaVision Episode 6, Vision escapes to discover the haunting fringes of the city.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for WandaVision Episode 6, “New Halloween Spooktacular!”, Now Airing on Disney +.
WandaVisionThe long-awaited Halloween episode has all the right spooky notes for many reasons. Some of them extend beyond the fun holiday premise, bringing the crushing horror of Westview’s secret reality inevitably close to home. The audience walks with Vision to the edge of the private city of Wanda, where the truth of how the other half lives pushes him beyond the limits, both literal and metaphorical.
Vision uses Wanda’s own sitcom rules to get away from the family on Halloween, offering the excuse that he’s going to help the neighborhood watch. It is technically the truth; Vision may be the only one may Help. He escapes from Wanda’s control and begins to see for himself what is happening. As he moves away from Wanda and the heart of the city, hair-raising technical problems begin to catch his attention. A little past the festivities, the background extras are stuck in half-finished loops. It’s heartbreaking for them, with tears leaking from the corners of their eyes here on the edge of Wanda’s active control.
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The flawed locals are enough to keep Vision going, leading him to a dead end away from where his sons, Billy and Tommy, are trick-or-treating. Here the street lights flicker faintly, as if the power lines are metaphorically on hold. Entire streets are trapped in a terrifying stillness. Without the need to perform for Wanda and her family, the “extras” are little more than mannequins. But as Vision now knows, there are living, conscious people trapped within each of these frozen bodies. They would scream if they could. It’s a cold blessing that Vision doesn’t release them long enough to get started.
There are too many for Vision to try for free. Furthermore, as he discovered with Norm in the previous episode, the psychological trauma these residents have experienced would leave them too shattered to help themselves effectively. The sight of these trapped people has a visible impact on Vision, and he removes his Halloween costume for a panoramic view of the city.
It is devastating to return to Wanda, sitting in silence with Pietro recast; he even asks his newly returned brother if he’s doing the right thing. On some level, he is aware of what he has done, that he has taken all these people out of his own lives and made them his puppets. However, it’s unclear if he understands what the lives of Westview residents really are like.
Pietro rejects her question, another possible clue that he’s not here to be an empathetic guide. It doesn’t let her think too much about Vision’s revelations about Norm. Whoever is secretly benefiting from Wanda’s trauma, collateral damage to others is the last thing that matters to them.
Written by Jac Schaeffer and directed by Matt Shakman, WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as Vision, Randall Park as Agent Jimmy Woo, Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis, Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Kathryn Hahn like Agnes. New episodes air Fridays on Disney +.
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