Agent Carter's Next Season Is Inspired by the Black Dahlia Murder

Agent Carter is in for some big changes next season, with Peggy Carter moving from New York to the Hollywood glamor of 1940s Los Angeles. At San Diego Comic-Con, the show’s cast and crew teased what’s ahead for Peggy and Jarvis, and Howard Stark’s new Hollywood aspirations.

Agent Carter stars Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy and showrunners Tara Butters and Michelle Fazekas were in San Diego today to tease a bit of what’s ahead for the second season and the fan response to season one.


The new season, we were told, opens in 1947, about six months after the first season finale. We see that not everyone at the Strategic Scientific Reserve is still in New York, and certain other people aren’t on speaking terms anymore. But before this can all be resolved, Peggy is called to Los Angeles to solve a murder.

The showrunners noted that the grisly Black Dahlia murder, in which aspiring starlet Elizabeth Short was found mutilated in Leimert Park, Los Angeles, took place in 1947, and they wanted to capture both the culture of 1940s Hollywood and the film noir genre. Of course, Peggy won’t be alone in Los Angeles. Jarvis, it turns out, is already there, setting up Howard Stark’s Beverly Hills estate. Now that Howard’s name has been cleared, he’s doing some government contract work, but he’s also launched a movie studio. Because “Why not?” is basically Howard Stark’s motto.


While the showrunners have no current plans to introduce famous historical figures from the period this season, they are excited about exploring “really iconic Los Angeles places.” And now that Peggy has put Steve Rogers’ memory—and blood—to rest, she’ll be exploring some possible romances. In fact, she’ll have “a couple of opportunities” in the romance department.

Just a quick note: You may have seen on Twitter or elsewhere that when talking about the multiple romantic possibilities, Fazekas joked, “She’s a whore!” It was certainly the wrong joke to make in that venue for Agent Carter of all things, but in person, it was clear that Fazekas was being ironic, if thoughtless.


D’Arcy talked a bit about coming into the role of Jarvis and how the show quickly turned his expectations on their head. When he learned it was a 1940s action show, he eagerly said, “Oh, so there will be a lot of fighting!” He was dutifully informed that there would be fighting, but that it would be Peggy, not Jarvi,s who would be engaging in combat.

Atwell has been excited about the fan response, particularly when it comes to Peggy’s self-defining line, “I know my worth.” She said that her favorite part of going to conventions is having not just adults but children—boys and girls—running up to her and announcing, “I know my worth!”


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