When Agent Carter was picked up for a second season, it was a bit of a surprise due to the show’s rather poor ratings. Unfortunately, when the second season finally aired on ABC, the show’s ratings only continued to decline, making a possible season 3 always a bit of a longshot. That became official when ABC canceled the series, but since that point fans of the show have been extremely vocal about how the show could continue. The biggest request and most likely chance of a third season is a move to Netflix. Hayley Atwell has already stated she’ll do “whatever it takes” to keep the series alive, with Dominic Cooper also hopeful that it could continue.
During a recent panel at a convention, Atwell stated that showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters were planning a twist of some sort that was related to the Carter family for a possible third season. As we learned in season 2, Peggy’s only sibling, her brother Michael, died in the war and was a catalyst in her choosing to enlist as well. As far as she knows, that was the end of her family name, until the mysterious Agent 13 Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) popped up in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If Michael is dead, how could Peggy have a great niece that shares her last name? Simple, Michael never died.
When Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray) was shot in the closing moments of the season 2 finale, the thought that Michael could be the one to shoot him and hunt down Peggy’s past made a lot of sense. After all, season finales always set up future stories and with Atwell’s comments, I believe this is what they were/are planning. Bringing Michael, and his family, back into the picture would start to show how Sharon Carter could be realistically related to one of the founders of S.H.I.E.L.D. This would not only be a great story to see play out for Peggy, but would actually answer questions raised by the movies, giving the TV universe a chance to have a direct impact on the movies.
We will have to wait and see if Agent Carter has the chance to tell this story, or a variation of this story, as it’s still unknown if ABC plans to shop the show elsewhere, but it’s hard not to think of what could have been. Would you like to see the series get a chance to play out this storyline in a final season? Sound off in the comments below!