So we don’t know if there’s going to be a third season of Agent Carter, even though we do now know there’s going to be a fourth season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(so much for my rocks fall, everybody dies except Lance & Bobbi theory). One does wonder what they’d do next season. This season, when it comes down to it, wasn’t quite as solid at the first. But it sure was a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
The finale especially felt a bit short, since the defeat of Whitney Frost happened just a few minutes too early; after that Howard Stark’s car saving the day felt a little anti-climatic, especially given how little we’ve seen of him this season. Although there was also a bittersweet edge to it, thanks, again, to the thinks we know, such as that S.H.I.E.L.D. will work with this zero matter and at least one person will get possessed by it, although it’s anyone’s guess so far whether they realized zero matter and their “darkforce” are the same thing. Also because the shadowing white men cabal wasn’t actually brought down, and now it looks like the SSR might even transition into S.H.I.E.L.D. without that ever being done.
But even more than foreshadowing, the real strength of this second season was the deepening of all characters from the first season who were in enough of it. Starting with Peggy herself, who comes out of it with a backstory, a couple of very dark corners, and a new lover, and while it’s a little annoying she’s moving her life for him, remember if Daniel Sousa does ultimately prove the husband, he’ll more likely than not spend a few decades returning that favor. Sousa himself has proved a much more complicated man, one who grew into a leader this season, with perhaps some ways to go at the end, although his ability to call out Peggy without being condescending to her in that final scene was a very appropriate prelude to her claiming him. Jarvis has perhaps emerged with the most depth of all, and lessons learned the hard way. And poor Jack Thompson ultimately chose to be a good man, and paid the ultimate price for defying those he’d tried to ally himself with(unless it was Dottie who killed him, which we absolutely should not rule out).
Which, of course, raises the question: will Daniel get promoted to chief and bring us back to New York if there is a next season(hopefully then we’d get a bit more Angie!)? Or will he be passed over for someone else? Or will S.H.I.E.L.D. now happen, even? Seriously, it’ll be a little heartbreaking if we never get to find out exactly what happened next.