After two glorious seasons, Loki, both the character and show, seems to have reached a satisfying conclusion. In a recent interview with ComicBook.com, Tom Hiddleston said it would be “unwise” to believe Loki’s story is truly over, but after such a cathartic ending, the circumstances would surely have to be perfect to warrant a return.
Loki is well-regarded as one of the most critically acclaimed MCU Disney+ series to date and universally beloved by the passionate fan base. Hiddleston has continuously brought the same passion and sensitivity to the character since his debut in Thor in 2011. The Loki Season 2 finale feels as finite a finish as Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man or Chris Evans’ Captain America in Avengers: Endgame, but Loki (Hiddleston) forges a different path. Let’s dive in and recap this gripping and emotional finale in our Loki Season 2 Finale recap.
Loki Finally Gains Control of His Time Slipping
After a penultimate episode packed with emotional exposition, the finale turns back the clock and begins in the same spot as the previous episode, but there’s a catch. Loki has his time slipping under control and is ready to save Victor Timely (Jonathan Majors) and the rest of the TVA crew and fix the temporal loom. It doesn’t take the God of Mischief long to realize the earlier he starts, the higher his chances of success.
After many failed attempts, he goes back centuries to acquire the knowledge needed from O.B. (Ke Huy Quan) to solve the problem on his own. Back in the present day, Loki now has the information and proper time frame to send Victor out on the gangway to fix the loom without him turning to spaghetti courtesy of the temporal radiation. The years of work pay off, and Timely is able to successfully use the throughput multiplier to allow the loom to accommodate the increase in branches.
The crew begins to celebrate, but their enjoyment doesn’t last long. O.B. quickly realizes that their work has been for naught, and the loom will never be able to expand enough to hold the exponential increase in branches. There’s only one way to fix the problem: travel back and prevent Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) from killing He Who Remains.
‘Loki’s Season 2 Finale Forces Impossible Choices To Save the Future of the Multiverse
Loki’s choice to travel back further brings him to a crucial event from the Season 1 finale: the Citadel at the end of time. Loki and He Who Remains get into a remarkable battle of wit and time-travel jargon that amounts to several shocking reveals. Even the events up to this point in Season 2 are all possible because He Who Remains paved the road, and he built the temporal loom as a failsafe to prevent a massive multiversal war.
Sylvie killing him was all part of his carefully constructed plan to wreak havoc on the multiverse through his infinite number of variants. Loki has no choice but to wonder if his entire journey through the TVA has been a waste of time, and decides to take matters into his own hands. He time slips back to the time theater with Mobius (Owen Wilson) from the Season 1 premiere and relives this encounter with a new perspective.
Loki attempts to get through to him that the TVA isn’t what it seems, and Mobius shares a touching story with Loki that explains his knack for hesitation and Ravonna Renslayer’s (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) relentlessness. Before Loki departs to speak with Sylvie, Mobius turns to spaghetti as another branched timeline collapses in front of him.
The ‘Loki’ Season 2 Finale Gives the Character Closure in His Arc
Now face to face with Sylvie after watching his friends die yet again, Loki presents the hard truth: the only way to prevent the war would have been to kill her before she could ever kill He Who Remains. This new version of the God of Mischief doesn’t have it in him to kill a friend, regardless of how many people it could save. Similar to Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War, he will not trade lives.
In the true climax of the series, Loki time slips back to the TVA moments before Victor Timely heads out on the gangway attempting to fix the loom. He heads outside, closes the door behind him, and embraces the kind of God he’s always needed to be. Willing to withstand much more temporal radiation than a regular person, he trudges out and destroys the temporal loom, freeing an infinite amount of timelines.
He dons a new costume and embraces the glorious purpose he’s been seeking for so long. After using magic to revive the destroyed timelines, he claims his throne and new job as the keeper of all time. After years of seeking a crown for all the wrong, malicious reasons, Loki is now much more than just a God of Mischief; it is his duty to watch over all the branched timelines.
The Sacred Timeline Is Stable Thanks to Loki
Thanks to Loki’s glorious sacrifice, the TVA is back to its former glory, without any of the memory-wiping baggage. A brief Easter egg reveals that the TVA is keeping an eye on the Kang variants, and Mobius acknowledges the variant from a “616 adjacent universe,” teasing Kang’s previous defeat in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Agent Mobius finally resigns his post and decides to live a peaceful life on the timeline putting his TVA work behind him, and Ravonna Renslayer finds herself trapped in the Void with Alioth – leaving her fate uncertain. Because she was never there to give a young Victor Timely the TVA handbook, he will live out his life in Chicago as an innocent man and won’t become another vile variant of Kang in the multiversal war.
‘Loki’ Season 2 Finale Paves an Intriguing Journey for the Multiverse
As the season finale concludes, a shot of Loki holding together the timelines zooms out to reveal itself in the shape of the World Tree, Yggdrasil. The future may not be ripe with opportunities for Loki to return and reunite with his brother Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but as long as he’s alive, anything is possible. The Loki season 2 finale is the new gold standard for MCU shows, serving as a fervent conclusion for the series as a whole and the character.
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