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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has come to an end after six weeks. The final episode titled “One World, One People” delivered the best action scenes in the series as well as a moving and powerful speech from Sam Wilson cementing his status as Captain America.
Although all the emotion of the last episode is very overwhelming, it still leaves viewers wondering what’s next for the characters. Sharon Carter was pardoned and offered her old CIA job. In her last scene, it seems as though Carter will continue to be the Powerbroker while working in the CIA. Instead of selling the super-soldier serum, like Carter initially wanted to, she’s going to start selling the government’s secrets to her buyers in Madripoor. This is a significant plot that many fans want to see play out. If there is a season two, they would also love to see Sharon come back.
One of the most important and heartwarming scenes was when Sam took Isaiah Bradley and his grandson Eli to the Smithsonian. There is a whole exhibit dedicated to Isaiah honoring his legacy complete with a statue and an engraving reading, “Isaiah Bradley is an American hero whose name went unknown for too long,” Isaiah never wanted his story to come out because he was afraid of how the government would treat him again. While looking at the statue Sam tells him, “Now they’ll never forget what you did for this country.”
John Walker officially became U.S. Agent thanks to the surprise character, Val, played by Julia Louis Dreyfus. There is a lot of mystery surrounding Val, and many are wondering when she will show up next. Since she has ties to Nick Fury in the “Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” comics, it is speculated that she will return in Marvel’s Secret Invasion, another Disney Plus project that is supposed to start filming later this year. With Walker becoming U.S. Agent this could be the start of a new team of reformed super-criminals called the Thunderbolts, who were originally formed by Baron Helmut Zemo.
While the finale wrapped up many plot points it did feel a little rushed. The fight between Karli, Batroc, and Sharon felt awkward and the conversation should have been between Karli and Sharon since she was a mentor to Karli in Madripoor. Another rushed part was John Walker’s redemption arc. After he took the super-soldier serum and killed the wrong person for his friend Lamar’s death Walker became the character the audience hated. During the finale, there was a moment where he could have gone after the Flag Smashers or help Bucky rescue hostages. He chose to help Bucky and assisted with the arrest of the Flag Smashers. Since Walker helped Sam and Bucky, it seemed like we’re supposed to be ok with him now.
The show turned out to be very successful. On the same day as the finale, Deadline reported that showrunner, Malcolm Spellman, and writer, Dalan Musson, are developing a fourth Captain America movie. It is speculated that the project will continue Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson story.
All episodes of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are now streaming on Disney Plus.