The Falcon & The Winter Soldier: 12 Biggest Takeaways From Episode 5

Sam and Bucky's show just keeps getting better and better.

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In a series consisting of just six episodes, every single entry is bound to be important, however for some weeks episode five of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was touted as being a big one. Emotional, setting the scene for the finale, and with a classic MCU style cameo to boot, there were a lot of reasons to be excited for this one.

It's fair to say that 'Truth' ticked just about every box. Though it may feel strange for the penultimate episode of the series, episode five essentially slammed the brakes on the story, with just a few set ups for what is to come in the final episode, and instead focused on the development of its characters.

Sam and Bucky's relationship grew deeper, John Walker simply refused to believe that he did anything wrong at the end of episode four, and Isaiah's true history was revealed in an impressively strong outing from the series.

There were some powerful scenes for just about every main character of the story, and some moments that will be remembered for some time to come, whether they ultimately have a larger impact on the wider MCU moving forward or not.

12. La Contessa Valentia Allegra De La Fontaine

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For several weeks prior to the episode's release, there were rumours of this entry in the series featuring a huge cameo appearance that fans of the comics would love. After Paul Bettany did something similar in the build up to the WandaVision finale, some fans were understandably skeptical, as he was really just having a laugh with himself, but this episode certainly delivered.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus made her MCU debut on Disney+ as she approached John Walker and his wife after being stripped of the Captain America title, introducing herself as La Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, a big name (pun definitely intended) from the source material.

As a very successful Agent of SHIELD, Contessa became incredibly important as a spy during the Cold War, and eventually struck up a romantic relationship with Nick Fury. However, she also worked as a double agent for the Russians, and eventually defected to Hydra.

This was when she picked up the wonderfully creative moniker of Madame Hydra, before going on to continue her impressive streak of double crossing just about everyone she has ever worked for. The MCU history of the character is as of yet unrevealed, as is her plan moving forward in the franchise, but it's fair to assume that fans will be seeing a lot more from her in the coming years.


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