Marvel's Agent Carter Showrunners: 'Watch all the way to the end!'

[Spoilers] Creators explain major death last week and tease tonight's finale.

by | February 24, 2015 | Comments

 

As ABC’s Certified Fresh series Marvel’s Agent Carter ends its eight episode limited run tonight at 9 pm, we talk with showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters about last week’s penultimate episode (R.I.P, Chief Dooley!) and what to expect in tonight’s finale.

Marya E. Gates for Rotten Tomatoes: In episode 7, “Snafu,” we saw the demise of Chief Dooley. I’m a bit heartbroken, although if you’re going to go out — go out with a bang, right? Can you talk about how you came to that decision and what that means for the team going into the finale?

Michele Fazekas: We knew we wanted to have something consequential happen, something that wasn’t just a red shirt getting killed, something that showed both how powerful Leviathan could be, and something that would effect everybody. Unfortunately, Chief Dooley filled that role very well. I couldn’t love Shea Whigham more; I cannot take my eyes off him in any scene that he’s in.

So, as much as we had had that idea very early on and we had committed to it, as each episode went on, we stated to be like, ‘Do we really want to do this? I mean we do want to do this, but we don’t because we’ll really miss him.’ I think it was really effective. The scene where he jumps out the window and blows up was an amazing feat of visual effects from ILM. It could have been really silly, but it ended up being really exciting.

RT: Another scene that was really powerful in “Snafu” was the interrogation scene where Peggy sort of takes down how all three of the men look at her in a different light and all three of them are wrong. What do you hope the audience got from that scene?

Fazekas: That episode was written by Chris Dingess and he did an amazing job of psychologically undoing each of her relationships, which I loved. That she was perceptive enough to know that Sousa had a crush on her and how Thompson treated her. She put them in their places, which was just lovely since she was the one that was supposed to be being interrogated.

Tara Butters: She took control of her own interrogation.

RT: Peggy from the beginning has been this really complex, wonderful character, while the men sort of grow on the audience as the show progresses. There’s a line early on where she says she’ll make them respect her and I think you guys did a really good job showing that through her relationships with her male coworkers.

Butters: I feel like it’s been a very natural progression. I think people often make snap judgments about people and you kind of see Peggy with these people who have made snap judgments and treat her accordingly.

Fazekas: But she kind of did the same thing to them. She made an assumption about Thompson, that he’s just sort of a prick and then she learned about him in Russia and it’s a side of him that she hadn’t considered.

Butters: We tried to be as era-appropriate as we could without it hindering us. I feel like them being sexist was appropriate for the time.

Fazekas: We’ve gotten that a lot, where it’s like, ‘Oh, I hate the sexism!’ But you’re supposed to hate the sexism!

Butters: Yea, it’s not supposed to be fun. None of it is phony or false — it’s just how they did things. But like anything, the more you get to know someone, you start to see them as a real person and… whether it’s racism or gender-bias, you start to judge them as a person and not by what sex they are.

RT: With this huge bang of an ending for the penultimate episode, what should viewers look forward to in the finale?

Fazekas: Everybody has a moment. Everybody has something that is a character defining moment for them. I’m not saying they’re heroic moments, but there’s a little something for all the characters.

If you’re looking for a confrontation between Dottie and Peggy, you will not be disappointed. You’re going to see Howard Stark in a slightly different light, where he shows a little more vulnerability than we’re used to seeing from him. Peggy has some resolution in her own personal life that I think is very satisfying. I would also say to everyone watching: watch all the way to the end!

Season one of Marvel’s Agent Carter is currently Certified Fresh at 97 percent. Will you be watching tonight’s finale?

Tag Cloud

BBC versus Podcast based on movie Binge Guide Polls and Games TV renewals Reality cars APB Certified Fresh USA dogs spanish language President E3 YA OWN SDCC Mindy Kaling Disney streaming service cancelled television book Stephen King TCM ITV Trivia VICE cinemax TV Land documentary TruTV The Walking Dead romance canceled christmas movies Brie Larson Western politics TV TCA 2017 Britbox latino robots war movie movies Sundance Song of Ice and Fire comic BBC America Fall TV Universal Amazon Studios Lucasfilm ghosts Syfy CNN MSNBC WarnerMedia Winners The Witch festivals Rom-Com Superheroes south america theme song police drama ABC comics reboot DGA Tarantino GIFs comiccon Musicals Martial Arts game of thrones screen actors guild Cannes CBS Quiz Turner National Geographic Schedule blockbuster cooking spider-man E! FXX Pirates Sci-Fi name the review FX breaking bad dceu Columbia Pictures award winner Lifetime Toys natural history game show Esquire Photos singing competition Netflix New York Comic Con AMC Hallmark cancelled TV series Sony Pictures television Masterpiece WGN Women's History Month science fiction dragons sports Mary Poppins Returns Video Games witnail Pet Sematary Watching Series Sundance TV LGBTQ technology mockumentary transformers Election YouTube Red boxoffice Kids & Family Valentine's Day Crunchyroll Hallmark Christmas movies Awards Super Bowl biography screenings 2015 HBO Shondaland TCA Endgame MCU Peacock Countdown Apple TV+ facebook Marathons zero dark thirty composers 2016 blaxploitation GLAAD unscripted USA Network period drama DC Universe TLC Premiere Dates TCA Winter 2020 Box Office teaser Teen Action DC Comics hispanic Holiday Avengers Warner Bros. adaptation anthology 71st Emmy Awards Red Carpet Extras Emmy Nominations sag awards Television Academy dc Comics on TV green book El Rey Disney+ Disney Plus Freeform Mudbound Lifetime Christmas movies disaster Film Festival Holidays renewed TV shows spinoff Grammys Paramount Network DirecTV canceled TV shows Acorn TV YouTube Premium Star Trek Horror independent Writers Guild of America Tomatazos Amazon Prime what to watch cops zombies History Opinion Ellie Kemper 20th Century Fox Bravo Character Guide crime doctor who revenge strong female leads Turner Classic Movies Calendar Biopics Mary Tyler Moore SundanceTV Oscars video historical drama Comedy Rock quibi Chilling Adventures of Sabrina NBC Set visit RT History Sundance Now YouTube Marvel Studios Summer miniseries CW Seed Country PaleyFest jamie lee curtis LGBT Marvel IFC Films joker Discovery Channel supernatural Starz Sneak Peek Emmys crossover Amazon psychological thriller finale Musical Disney Plus Classic Film 45 Ovation kids Creative Arts Emmys Baby Yoda streaming mutant cancelled TIFF Comic Book crime drama TNT Music ESPN Trophy Talk Awards Tour Heroines Interview docudrama aliens HBO Max Spectrum Originals vampires Winter TV Mystery Cosplay 21st Century Fox Tumblr halloween foreign Nominations DC streaming service diversity Spring TV toy story cats OneApp Captain marvel Best and Worst TBS ABC Family Tubi justice league 24 frames harry potter Comedy Central binge Amazon Prime Video dramedy Pop Epix FOX slashers Marvel Television Anna Paquin Showtime Hulu ratings GoT Vudu Fantasy Chernobyl free movies Ghostbusters richard e. Grant VH1 tv talk Film Fox News Dark Horse Comics spain children's TV talk show spy thriller A24 cults sequel CBS All Access The CW rotten movies we love Nat Geo Black Mirror First Look psycho Logo 007 Infographic A&E casting space 2020 Netflix Christmas movies RT21 Apple San Diego Comic-Con Arrowverse BET sitcom Food Network Adult Swim Animation political drama The Arrangement crime thriller zombie medical drama Walt Disney Pictures romantic comedy indie See It Skip It discovery directors 2018 adventure Rocky NYCC American Society of Cinematographers Paramount elevated horror Trailer Pride Month golden globes CMT Academy Awards Thanksgiving PBS cancelled TV shows Disney Channel Apple TV Plus The Purge Nickelodeon series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt IFC Reality Competition Spike Rocketman Family MTV SXSW Year in Review Superheroe nature stand-up comedy Shudder social media X-Men werewolf Disney Elton John First Reviews serial killer Pixar batman anime travel hist cartoon Drama 2019 Star Wars Crackle Christmas 2017 Cartoon Network Mary poppins true crime animated Lionsgate thriller