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‘Loki’ finale recap: Welcome to the Multiverse of Madness

Finally, we’ve reached the end of Loki – the Disney Plus TV series, that is. Or at least that’s what we thought before this final episode reached a serious cliffhanger.

The final episode changes the entire landscape of the MCU in a way that it hasn’t been since Thanos snapped his fingers at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. In a few words: Welcome to the Phase Four of the MCU — and there’s no turning back now.

Before we move forward, it’s spoilers all the way…

The True villain revealed

Miss Minutes (of course she knew who was the one pulling the triggers all along) introduce to Kang. It’s worth noting that he is never actually referred to as Kang in the episode. “I’ve been dubbed many names by many people,” he explains. “A ruler, a conqueror, He Who Remains, a jerk. But it’s… it’s not as simple as a name.”

Turns out, that multiversal war we heard about all the way back in episode 1? Kang started it. In the 31st century, he discovered the multiverse and used it to connect with his Variants throughout multiple realities. But one Kang Variant decided he wanted to conquer all realities, nearly bringing about the end of everything. So, our Kang used the power of Alioth — created by the tears in reality — to manage the flow of time, creating the Sacred Timeline, the Time-Keepers, the TVA.

“If you think I’m evil, well,” he says, “just wait till you meet my variants.”

Meet Kang aka “He Who Remains.” 
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Multiverse officially arrives

He Who Remains offered the two Lokis to either replace him and run the TVA or kill him and unleash all of his variant selves upon the multiverse, causing another Multiversal War.

“You kill me and the Sacred Timeline is completely exposed or you take over and return to the TVA as its benevolent rulers,” Kang said. 

While Loki trusts He Who Remains’ claims, Sylvie has her doubts. The two Variants get into a scuffle as Loki tries to convince Sylvie that he doesn’t want the throne, but her safety. He pleads to her to believe in him as the two share a moment of silent love and a kiss. But, Sylvie quickly uses the TemPad and sends Loki back to the TVA, picks up her dagger and digs it deep in He Who Remains’ heart.

Sylvie breaks down after killing He Who Remains, but we see the Sacred Timeline breaking into hundreds of pieces, creating havoc at the TVA. As Loki runs to Mobius and Hunter B-15 to tell them all that happened at the Citadel, the two refuse to recognise him, suggesting that the tampering of the main timeline has caused an adverse effect.

A statue of Jonathan Majors as Kang in Loki. Marvel Studios

Panicked and confused, Loki begins looking all around him for any form of an answer and finds one just a few feet away. As terror dawns on Loki’s face, the episode cuts to reveal what he’s looking at — a single statue of Kang the Conqueror where the TVA’s usual Time Keepers statues would be. While Loki Episode 6 leaves a lot up to interpretation, the implication seems to be that Sylvie sent Loki into one of the new branch realities instead of his original timeline, one where Kang rules the TVA much more directly.

Post Credits

The episode cuts to black from there, but in its sole post-credits stinger, confirms that Loki will return for a second season.

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Where did Ravonna Go?

Mobius confronts Ravonna Renslayer for siding with the TVA, while she says she trusts the authority. She picks up some documents and flees the TVA using her TemPad. Anyway now she’s zapped off to “find free will.” Which I guess means Kang or to another timeline?

On the other hand, Hunter B-15 travels to the year when Ravonna was a school teacher to prove to her guards that TVA is indeed farce.

‘Loki’ Easter Eggs

At the beginning of the episode, we start hearing lines from various points in the MCU timeline and real life. Here are what we heard:

  • “Way to go, Tic-Tac.” — Sam Wilson in Captain America: Civil War.
  • “That’s how you punch.” — Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man.
  • “Wakanda forever!” — T’Challa in Black Panther.
  • “You wouldn’t have heard of me.” — Scott Lang in Ant-Man.
  • “Let me put you on hold” — Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers.
  • “Dance-off, bro.” — Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • “He’s a friend from work.” — Thor in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • “I can do this all day” and “Yeah I know.” — 2012 Steve Rogers to 2023 Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame.
  • “I’ll show you ferocity.” — Hank Pym in Ant-Man.
  • “Higher, further, faster, baby.” — Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel.
  • “We have a Hulk.” — Loki in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • “We’re gonna jump on that spaceship and get out of here. Wanna come?” — Korg in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • “We think of time as a one-way motion.” — philosopher Alan Watts in real life.
  • “One small step for man…” — Neil Armstrong in real life.
  • “How dare they!” — Greta Thunberg in real life.
  • “My dream…” — Malala Yousafzai in real life.
  • “We have fought for the right to experience peace.” — Nelson Mandela in real life.
  • “Glorious purpose!” — Classic Loki in Loki episode 5.
  • “Motivated by women throughout the world.” — Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in real life.
  • “What is grief, if not love persevering?” — Vision in WandaVision episode 8.
  • “I will rise.” — Maya Angelou in real life.
  • “Open your eyes.” — Sylvie in Loki episode 5.

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