The 5th episode of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” featured a totally unexpected — and tonally strange — surprise appearance by a real-life American national treasure, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, playing a character we’re willing to bet you’ve never heard of named Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. Who is she? Could she be the mysterious Power Broker who’s been lurking around the edges of the show this whole time?
First, we need to get the context out of the way. So, John Walker (Wyatt Russell) straight-up murdered a member of the Flag Smashers with his shield in last week’s episode, and this week he suffered the consequences. First, he got quite a beatdown from Sam Wilson and Bucky, and then he was formally stripped of his Captain America-ness