Easter Eggs And Important Moments In Falcon And The Winter Soldier Episode 5, 'Truth'
The calm before the storm
After the shocking ending of episode 4, 'The Whole World Is Watching', Falcon And The Winter Soldier slows the pace a bit in its penultimate episode, a calm before the storm that is sure to come in the finale.
Despite the slower pace, there's still plenty to unpack. Here are all the Easter Eggs and important moments from Falcon And The Winter Soldier episode 5, 'Truth'.
John Walker is stripped of the Captain America title
'Truth' opens with an epic fight sequence, in which Sam and Bucky, horrified at Walker's murder of Flag-Smasher Nico, battle him to take back the shield. While the battle is not easily won, the duo eventually succeed.
The murder results in terrible publicity for the U.S, and despite Walker's assertion that no-one understood the situation, he is stripped of the title of Captain America, and dishonorably discharged from the army. He is also ordered to return the Shield, which is a problem for him as he no longer has it
Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
After his discharge, Walker is quickly approached by a new and potentially very important character, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss. Valentina, or Val, claims that, having taken the serum, Walker has made himself very valuable to 'certain people' and tells him that she will be in touch. Interestingly, Val also tells him not to worry about the shield, as it does not actually belong to the Government. Apparently, ownership of the shield is a 'legal grey area'.
In the comics, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine is a former lover of Nick Fury, and has been an Agent of both SHIELD and HYDRA, even, at one point, carrying the villainous mantle of Madame Hydra. Some fans are theorising that she may be the one to assemble the MCU's version of the Thunderbolts, a 'Superhero' team made up of villains and anti-heroes. In the comics, the Thunderbolts were founded as part of a plot by Baron Zemo.
Sam leaves his wings with Joaquin
During the episode's opening fight, Sam's Falcon suit is seriously damaged by Walker. While he chooses to take the shield home with him, Sam leaves the broken wings with Joaquin Torres, who has served as his military contact throughout the series.
In the comics, Joaquin Torres becomes the second Falcon, serving as Sam Wilson's sidekick when he becomes Captain America. Joaquin has shown some technical know-how throughout FatWS, so it's possible that we will see him suit up as the next Falcon either in the finale, or a future MCU project.
Bucky hands Zemo over to Wakanda
While Sam makes plans to head home, Bucky stays behind to apprehend Zemo. He catches up with him at the memorial for those who had been killed in Sokovia during Age Of Ultron. Having failed to convince Sam that Karli must die, Zemo tries to convince Bucky, who is 'programmed to kill'. Bucky refuses, and, rather than kill Zemo, hands him over to Ayo and the Dora Milaje. Zemo will be taken to The Raft, where Team Cap were imprisoned after the airport battle in Civil War.
Apart from crossing another name off of his 'Amends' list, handing over Zemo allows Bucky to reconcile with Ayo, allowing him to ask her a favour in the form of a special gift for Sam.
Sam learns Isaiah's story
Upon his return to the U.S, Sam makes a return visit to Isaiah Bradley, wanting to learn more of his story. Isaiah tells Sam that he and other black soldiers were injected with various trial super serums, without being told what they really were. Some of the men emerged from the process with various issues or instabilities. After one mission, some of the black super soldiers were captured, and the U.S Army planned to have them bombed to cover up the experiments. Isaiah rescued the men before this could happen, which ultimately led to his arrest, and further experimentation to discover why his serum had worked when others didn't. He was only freed after a sympathetic nurse declared him dead and aided his escape.
Isaiah refusses to see the shield, claiming no self-respecting black man should want it. This leaves Sam with conflicting advice on the matter, as his sister, Sarah, believes that Sam shouldn't let what happened to Isaiah dictate his future.
Sam begins training with the Shield
After a heart to heart with Bucky, Sam begins a knew training regimen, including strength, endurance, and most importantly learning how to throw and catch the shield.
By the episode's conclusion, Sam opens his gift from Wakanda. Many fans theorise that this is a new suit, indicating Sam is ready to embrace his role as the new Cap.
Sharon gives Batroc a mission
At one point in the episode, Sharon Carter gives a job to Georges Batroc. A minor villain first introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Batroc last appeared in FatWS episode one, having his mission thwarted by Sam. Sharon claims to have broken Batroc out of Prison, and offers him high pay to complete an unspecified job.
Batroc is next seen joining the Flag-Smashers as they plot their attack on the GRC. He claims to be there to kill the Falcon, but whether this is the job she gave him is unknown. Some fans are speculating that Sharon may be the Power Broker.
The Flag-Smashers' plan
Angered at the death of Nico, and the shut-down of the refugee camp that they and many of their followers called home, Karli sets the Flag-Smashers' next big plan into action. The group heads to The U.S, planning to stop the GRC from voting to relocate the refugee's in GRC camps around the world back to their countries of origin.
The specifics of the plan are unknown, but the group have already managed to get members into the building where the vote is to occur, and in the episode's final moments, the room goes dark. Whatever Karli's plan is, it doesn't bode well for the members of the GRC.
Walker makes his own Shield
In the first credits scene for the series, John Walker is seen attempting to build his own shield. Walker is still of the belief that he did nothing wrong in killing Nico, and that the Cap mantle should still be his.
Building a shield of his own is probably the first step towards Walker taking up the anti-hero persona of U.S Agent as he does in the comics.
We'll have to wait for next week's finale to see how it all unfolds.