Tonight is the season (series?) finale of Marvel’s Agent Carter, and what an absolute, fantastic ride it has been, following the adventures of Captain America’s first love, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). The 8-episode series snuggly filled the void left by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. during the show’s winter hiatus (while surpassing our expectations), and this is one series to which we’ll be truly sad to say farewell. Will it get renewed for a second season despite some depressingly low viewing numbers? One can only hope.
So, in the finale, titled "Valediction," we'll see Peggy and Jarvis (a wonderful James D’Arcy) reuniting with Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) in order to take down Leviathan and save New York City. The last we left the show last week, Dr. Fenhoff/Ivchenko (Ralph Brown) and Black Widow project Soviet assassin Dottie (Bridget Regan) had taken possession of one of Stark’s most dangerous inventions/weapons and tested it on innocent people in a movie theater with horrifying and deadly results: “47 dead, heads bashed in, eyed gouged out...not a single survivor.” Have a peek at what’s coming up tonight:
Executive producer Michele Fazekas (along with Executive producer Tara Butters) said of Howard Stark’s return in an interview with TV Guide that:
He plays a very big role in the finale. It's a little bit of a new side to Howard that maybe we haven't seen within the show, because he has a lot of guilt about his involvement in the problem that everyone is faced with. So it's a little more vulnerable than you've seen Howard Stark. But at the same time, he's still the cad. He's still self-serving. He still will screw over his friends if it suits him. But he's got a couple really nice emotional scenes that I love seeing Dominic Cooper do. I think he was lovely in it.
But how will the SSR agents react to his return? Tara Butters hinted that he wouldn’t be received with open arms, saying:
Initially, there will be a lot of guns. But I think when they hear what Howard has to say and hear what Howard wants to do, they sort of get on board with it. Because he comes with information that a) they know is real and b) Howard puts a target on himself, which the SSR is perfectly happy to do. They don't care if he gets hurt or anything. They have no choice but to trust him and use him as much as they can.
You can see Howard's dramatic return in this new clip:
So, what’s also in store for the finale? One thing we can count on, is that we'll be getting an epic showdown between Peggy and Dottie. That one was a long time coming and has been building up ever since Dottie's introduction on the series. We'll also learn the truth behind Dr. Fenhoff's motivations for going after Stark, and why he holds a grudge towards Tony's dad. It also appears that Agent Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) will get to shine and have both a hero moment, and a personal moment with Peggy. Will the smitten agent finally make his move on Cap's best girl? Can we bet some money on this?
As for how Agent Carter will actually end tonight, Fazekas doesn’t give too much away, but reveals that all will not be wrapped in a neat bow, hinting at the possibility of a second season (fingers crossed!):
I would say the immediately problem is handled. There's still a larger issue out there and there are certainly two very obvious loose ends. So there's a little bit of both. I think there's some closure for Peggy personally. There's some closure in the immediate threat that they're facing. But we've left room for other things to happen. Which is not to say that in future seasons we would have to go into that particular story. The thing about this show is the way that it's been conceived is there's so many avenues you could go down that aren't married to anything. But there's certainly little threads out there that have still not been tied up.
Hayley Atwell also chimed in on the finale in a chat with Marvel themselves, talking more specifically about where Peggy will be at at the end of this season:
I think I can say that Peggy retains her dignity and her mission, and she finds an emotional closure that gives her great comfort but also gives her great drive to carry on to pursue what I think has become her destiny. What’s fantastic is that by episode four we realize that this isn’t a series that’s about finding Howard’s bad babies every episode. We found all the bad babies, and by episode four it took on a whole different world where Dottie is introduced to us, where Howard’s betrayal and Steve’s blood is introduced to us, and it becomes something a lot more different. I think that what the writers and directors have done so beautifully is to give the story some psychological depth as well as a really fast drive, plot-wise, to keep people entertained. The story we’re trying to tell is quite archetypal and quite mythological and I feel very proud to be a part of it.
Have a look at the gallery below, and let us know what you think. The finale for Marvel’s Agent Carter airs tonight at 9/8c on ABC. Are you excited about tonight's big finale? How did you like the series?