Well friends, we put off talking about the end of Agent Carter for as long as we could. (That’s a lie; we’re actually a week late because I moved across the country and didn’t have Internet.) But now, here we are, and here Peggy is, and there Howard goes, in “Valediction,” the eight and last episode of Agent Carter season one.

Alex and I talk narrative pacing, Peggy’s relationships, and how the show commits — or fails to commit — to its portrayal of Peggy’s postwar (and post-Captain America) role. How does the show frame Peggy? And by contrast, how do audiences see her? How much of Peggy Carter is what the show gives us, and how much is what fans interpret (and in a sense create) for her? This led us to a fascinating tangent about queer subtext, authorial intent, and fanfiction.

But in the end, though “Valediction” contains some of my favorite scenes in the show, as a TV episode and as a finale it had a number of significant issues.

Does that stop us from loving Peggy Carter? NOPE! It won’t even stop us from making more podcasts. How, you might ask? Well, our next episode will be about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in which Peggy has a significant cameo and an even more significant role. And come May, we’ll do another episode on Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, in which Hayley Atwell will reprise her role as the modern-day ex-Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. After that, who knows? Hopefully we’ll be back for an Agent Carter season two! Maybe Peggy Carter will appear in more flashbacks in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then there’s Operation S.I.N., the Marvel comic featuring the Marvel-616 versions of Peggy Carter and Howard Stark (she’s blond; he’s pretty much the same).

So we’ll end this post with the title of Agent Carter’s first episode: “Now is Not the End.”

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