How 'WandaVision' Episode 8's Mid-Credits Scene Sets Up the Finale

Things are about to get ugly.

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Warning: This article contains major spoilers up through Episode 8 of Disney+’s WandaVision.

We all caught on pretty early in the show that WandaVision is, underneath all the sitcom pastiche and magic tricks, a show about grief. That much was obvious, given what we knew of Wanda Maximoff’s past-specifically, that she has lost everyone she ever cared about. That deep well of sadness coupled with some unexpectedly powerful magical abilities would cause even the best of us to take over an entire small town and bend its inhabitants to our will so we could resurrect our dead loved ones and live out the idyllic suburban fantasy of our traumatic childhood. The “Hex” that looms over Westview was brought on by Wanda’s desire to be with Vision again after his death at the hands of Thanos, but I’ve seen enough horror movies and read enough comics to know where this is going: Sometimes bringing people back from the dead does not always go as planned.

Thanks to Agatha Harkness, the sinister witch that Kathryn Hahn has been playing all this time, Episode 8 takes a trip back into Wanda’s recent past, showing how she lost her parents to the Cold War in Sokovia, how she got her powers from experiments done by H.Y.D.R.A. using the Scepter (which was actually home to the Mind Stone), and how she marched into S.W.O.R.D. headquarters and attempted to retrieve Vision’s dismantled body. Tellingly, Acting Director Tyler Hayward doesn’t stop her, but actually baits her into attempting to revive the android’s body.

When that doesn’t work, Wanda leaves-and doesn’t take Vision’s body with her like we thought, but instead creates him out of the latent Mind Stone energies that give her her abilities (which Agatha explains is the manipulation of chaos magic). Because Vision was created using the Mind Stone and Wanda still has some of that energy left in her, she was able to bring him back to life out of thin air. This is probably why he wasn’t able to escape the Hex at all, since, technically, he’s part of it, as are Wanda’s children.

But what about his real body? If you watch the mid-credits scene, you’ll find out. Back at S.W.O.R.D.’s camp outside the boundaries of the Hex, Hayward has used some of the residual magic left over on the surface of one of their drones, which he says contains a bit of “the source,” the Mind Stone powers that Wanda has within her, to reanimate Vision’s body, which was the purpose of his plan, Project Cataract, all along. (Cataract… Vision… get it??) But it’s not the Vision we know. Vision is normally quite colourful, with a green and gold outfit and magenta skin, but the new version is completely white, devoid of anything that would make him look organic.

In the “Vision Quest” comic storyline, agents of the U.S. government capture Vision and dismantle him (leading to this very upsetting panel). Hank Pym (the former Ant Man) is able to reassemble him, but Wonder Man, whose consciousness was first used to give Vision his humanity (it’s a long story, and not something the MCU ever gets into), refuses to allow that to happen again, resulting in an utterly emotionless, colourless robotic humanoid version of Vision. It’s after this that Vision and Scarlet Witch’s children are revealed to be fragments of Mephisto and reabsorbed, which sends Scarlet Witch into yet another grief spiral.

We don’t know if WandaVision will end up doing the Mephisto thing, and with only one episode left, unless it’s feature length, it’s unlikely that the show will attempt to introduce a character that enormous into the MCU. The finale could end on a major cliffhanger following a Wanda vs. Vision vs. Vision vs. Agatha showdown, since we’ve been told that this show will lead directly into 2022’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (which is one of the reasons Marvel Studios isn’t immediately planning a WandaVision Season 2). Now would be a great time for Darcy and Monica to show back up and save the day!

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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