After 10 hours of being thrown back to the 1940s, season 2 of Agent Carter has come to a close. The finale tied up the big Zero Matter story that played a major part of the season, but also teased some things if there was another season. EW had a chance to talk to showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters about the finale and future of the series.
Spoiler Warning: The following quotes contain major spoilers for the season 2 finale of Agent Carter.
The very last scene of season 2 was not the happy ending that it could’ve been. It ended with a mysterious man shooting, and what looked like killing, Chief Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray). Even though it looked like he was a goner, it is more of an open ending.
FAZEKAS: We did not kill off Jack Thompson, we shot Jack Thompson.
Honestly, he might not be dead, and that’s what we as writers have said, and that’s what we told Chad. That’s the truth.
Besides wondering whether or not Jack is dead, the potentially bigger question at hand is who shot him? I thought Vernon Masters was a possibility, but it looks like it is a much bigger threat.
FAZEKAS: It’s unrelated to the Council of Nine. It is not for the reasons that you’d expect. It’s unrelated to Council of Nine, Zero Matter, any of that.
The mystery shooter did not kill Jack because of his annoying personality, but in order to get his/her hands on the S.O.E. file of Peggy’s. Why is a secret person interested in the file? It may be worth it to go back, rewatch the episode, pause the screen, and investigate.
FAZEKAS: You have to pay really close attention to what exactly we showed that was in the file. You see that there was some sort of massacre, and I would say, don’t make assumptions by what you see in that file. We were really specific about what information was given for a reason.
Before Thompson got the file, he realized that the Arena Club pins that have popped up over the course of the season also double for a key. We have no idea what it could be used for, but Fazekas says it would come next season.
FAZEKAS: We always knew that the pin was something else, but we actually didn’t know what it was until we were breaking the tenth episode. We had half an idea about that that we would revisit in a third season.
Over the course of the two seasons, we have gotten a deeper story for Peggy that has started closing the gap between her movie appearances. Peggy has a few new elements in life as a result of this season, which gives them something they would be excited to explore next.
BUTTERS: There’s so much you can still explore with her. What is it for her to be in a relationship? How do things change with her and Jarvis (James D’Arcy)? The fact is, that was one of the things that we loved even in this season is further delving into her relationships and how she grows as a person. How does she become the founder of S.H.I.E.L.D.? It’s great to explore all of that.
After season one started the spark between Peggy Carter and Daniel Sousa, they were put in a difficult situation and a love triangle for half the season. They end the season smooching, so is he the man Peggy ends up with?
FAZEKAS: We’re not saying he’s not, but we’re not saying he is.
The season finale also brought back Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark and one of his lines included a very big hint at what he would be up to next. When he mentions a new project in Malibu following his trip from Peru, it means a familiar location could be coming.
FAZEKAS: We’re referencing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and building that place in Malibu where Tony lives.
Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) tried to gain complete control of her Zero Matter abilities, but instead she lost them to the portal. When we last saw her, she was locked up in a mental institution. This was a deliberate decision so she can stay alive, and possibly come back if the story needed it.
FAZEKAS: We probably don’t exactly tell that story again, but I loved working with Wynn. We didn’t want to kill her off. The Zero Matter, all along, had this increasing affect on her, where it was driving her mad. That felt like the organic way to end that story, because we didn’t start out that way, but boy did she end up that way. That was a direct result of Zero Matter.
Season 1 followed Peggy’s adventures in New York and then this year we followed her to Los Angeles. If a third season happened, would they stay in LA again? It’s a possibility, but so is visiting her native country.
FAZEKAS: The nice thing is you can put the show anywhere, because it’s spies. We loved doing L.A. If I had a choice between doing New York and L.A. again, I’d pick L.A. But London has been dropped. It’s all going to be determined by what story we want to tell. I loved L.A. I loved how it looked, I loved how it looked on Peggy. We would be very happy to do another L.A. season, but we’re not married to it.
London was a thing that [Christopher] Markus and [Stephen] McFeely had early on said, “Oh, we could a season in London,” because that’s where she’s from, and you can get really more into: Is her mother still around? Is her father still around? What is that about?
As the series continued, Agent Carter slipped in ratings every single week. This is not what ABC and Marvel want from their properties, so the possibilities of a season 3 do not seem to good. We recently stated why it deserves a third season, and Fazekas hopes it happens.
FAZEKAS: Bad. People have to watch the show. While I would love to see it continue on, it’s a bummer — a bummer for all of us, cast included. Everybody loves the job, everybody loves working together. I would love to see it live on, even if it’s in some other form, digital or whatever. I doubt that there’s a Netflix play for it. We’re not really involved in those decisions anyway. At the end of the day, people have to watch the show.
Now that there are some big questions left unanswered for the story of Peggy Carter and friends, plenty of us want to see what happens next. Whether it be a One Shot, a single episode, or a TV movie, they would love to do finish the story.
FAZEKAS: Sure. It’s interesting because that episode feels like — except for the fact that we plugged Thompson — a nice little conclusion, which wasn’t the intent. If they wanted us to do anything, we would do it. We absolutely love it.
As it stands, ABC has yet to confirm Agent Carter‘s fate regarding a possible third season. It’s more than likely a third season is a no-go, at least at ABC, given the dismal ratings throughout the second season. This, however, does not mean that the show can’t live on elsewhere. Should any news hit concerning Agent Carter and a possible third season, we’ll be sure to let you know!