Welcome to our continuing examination of Falcon and the Winter Soldier. As always, spoilers abound; this article assumes you’ve seen up through the second episode.
Episode 2 of Falcon and the Winter Soldier opens with a development I didn’t see coming: a relatively sympathetic portrayal of John Walker (Wyatt Russell), the man revealed as the new Captain America at the end of last week’s episode. We find him in his old high school locker room, surrounded by football gear and the echo of his early glory days, preparing for an appearance on Good Morning America that’s one part interview, three parts publicity stunt. A woman who was clearly his high school sweetheart and who I assume is now his wife joins him, noting his nervousness. He admits he feels the weight of the world’s expectations, and doesn’t want to fail anyone. She tells him to just be himself.