Loki Finale Spoiler Review: Gods of Chaos And Truth For All Time. Always.
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Loki Finale Spoiler Review: Our Gods Of Chaos And Truth For All Time. Always.

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BY July 14, 2021

Hello Loki viewers and welcome to the end of time. This would of course be where our variants of Loki and Sylvie end up in “For All Time. Always.” In the last episode they encountered multiple other versions of themselves and maintained their identities. They broke through the veil after enchanting an immensely powerful interdimensional creature. There our intrepid villains find themselves standing before the doors of a citadel. One that looks like it has been broken and repaired countless times.

Spoilers below for the season finale of Loki. For All Time. Always. 

Loki and Sylvie Find Themselves At The End of Time

Loki The End of Time Image via Marvel/Disney+

The doors swing open, as if they are expected. They enter with daggers drawn, side by side where they meet Miss Minutes. Of course the sassy cartoon knows more than anyone at the TVA. She is the one who tells them about “He Who Remains.” This title is given to the man living in the tower. The one who has been pulling the strings this whole time. He carved the path for our Lokis to follow.

And so we are quickly introduced to a key figure in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At least one version of him anyway. Because as the elevator doors open, we finally lay eyes on Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conquerer. Well, not exactly. He’s a variant of Kang the Conqueror and, to hear him tell it, the least evil one possible. What follows is a classic villain monologue, as Kang explains his origin story as well as the true motivations of the TVA. It turns out that the multiversal war that formed the TVA was amongst the many variants of Kang himself. And once Kang managed to harness the power of Alioth, he emerged triumphant and pruned every other universe. Now his continued existence at the end of time is the only thing that maintains order.

Kang: The Keeper of Time

Loki For All Time Always Kang Image via Marvel/Disney+

The introduction of Kang in this episode was not entirely surprising. He is a major villain in the MCU and his character is inextricably tied to the Multiverse. We already know that we are heading for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. (We also know that a major Loki writer will pen the script for that film.) It was only a question of how that madness would begin, and when. Kang is also confirmed as the villain for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. There is also the fact that Ravonna Renslayer and Kang are intimately linked in Marvel lore. (Although which version of him that will be remains to be seen, since those two characters did not interact in this episode.)

So here we have a version of Kang who claims to be the most “pure of heart” of all his variants. But he is weary of his duties. And as he sits with Loki and Sylvie he offers them a choice. To kill him and let the multiverse break open. Or to take over as the Time Keepers themselves, overseeing the timeline and presumably causing as much mischief as they desire.

Loki And Sylvie Fight Out Their Feelings In “For All Time. Always.”

Loki and Sylvie For All Time Always Image via Marvel/Disney+

This is where we get some action and interaction finally between Loki and Sylvie. Because Loki wants to consider the deal, and Sylvie is still set on vengeance. Although they are the same, the differences between them remain stark. As Loki says, “You can’t trust anyone. And I can’t be trusted.”

The two of them engage in a dramatic fight scene, with heightened emotional stakes. Sylvie’s rage at all the TVA has done to her, and all that it took from her is overwhelming. She has fought for this moment her entire life, it was her singular glorious purpose to take down the TVA. She can’t envision running the place, and perpetuating the cycle. But we saw how quickly Loki took to being a TVA agent, the light in his eyes when he realized that the TVA might be the greatest power in the universe. He did start this journey hoping to gain that power for himself. But Sylvie accuses him of only wanting the throne, as he always has.

However, there is also a real fear in Loki at the concept of a multiversal war. He is actually trying to do what is right. And of course, he doesn’t want to lose Sylvie. The two of them in charge of the TVA together sounds like the best outcome to him,  and it makes sense for his journey. But Sylvie has had a different journey. And this is where the differences between the two of them are made clear. They are not the same person. But Loki can see that together, they could be better and they could be whole.

Breaking Open The Multiverse

Multiverse Branch Image via Marvel/Disney+

This dramatic battle ends with Loki throwing away his weapon, Sylvie’s sword pressed to his throat. In a moment of emotional honesty, he tells her that he doesn’t want the throne. All he wants is her… to be okay. (For All Time. Always.) They look into one another eyes, mirrored reflections and have a glorious kiss. And then Sylvie pushes him through a portal back to the TVA. Because even though he has been where she is at that exact moment, she is not him. She must learn for herself, and make a mistake that will break open the Multiverse. (Honestly, it is the most chaotic Loki-like thing she could do.)

As Sylvie plunges her dagger into Kang’s heart he simply winks at her and says, “See you soon.” (He’s obviously 12 Monkeys fan.) Back at the TVA, Mobius and Hunter B-15 watch as all the branches on the timeline begin to grow. This single act opens the door for the multiversal war that we will inevitably see in the next Doctor Strange movie. And it also helpfully sets up a second (confirmed) season of Loki.

This Is Not The End For Loki 

Loki & Sylvie Image via Marvel/Disney+

And so we come to the end of the first season of Loki, and what a ride it has been through time and space. There are of course many loose ends to be tied up, either in the next installment or in upcoming MCU films. We didn’t get much of the TVA in this episode, although we did see a brief confrontation between Mobius and Ravonna. Although these two characters have had a lot of interpersonal tension throughout the series, we don’t get much of a conclusion between them. Instead Ravonna walks through a portal of her own, in search of “free will.” This will almost inevitably lead her to Kang, as the man behind the curtain. But she still has unfinished business with Mobius, and I fully expect her to show up in the next season of Loki as well as in the upcoming Ant-Man film beside Jonathan Majors.

At the very end of the episode, Loki races back to find Mobius and Hunter B-15 so he can reveal the dramatic impact of Sylvie’s actions. But neither character recognizes him, and as they walk away Loki gazes upon a giant statue of Kang that has replaced the Time Keepers in whatever timeline this is. So Loki is back at square one. He will have to convince the two of them of the truth next season, without Sylvie’s enchantment to awaken their memories.

Is This What It Feels Like To See Your Theories Come True?

Loki Nexus Event Image via Marvel/Disney+

Throughout this entire series, we have been theorizing on our weekly Loki podcasts for Comic Years. And I’m pleased to say that we got a lot of predictions correct. Kang was a bit of a wildcard, especially after everyone theorized about Mephisto popping up at the end of WandaVision and that not panning out. But the introduction of Kang in this episode felt right, even though it did take significant focus away from the heart of the show – Loki themselves. And it was a delight to see Jonathan Majors in the role, veering wildly between silly and deadly. (The shot of Loki and Sylvie kissing with his ecstatic face in the background was a true delight.) It will be interesting to see what the next version of him onscreen will bring. We look forward to seeing Majors play all the different variations of Kang throughout the multiverse.

Season 2 of Loki Is Confirmed

Loki episode 2 spoiler discussion office. Image via Disney Plus.

And of course we can’t wait to see what happens with the TVA in season 2 of Loki. But more than that, we are extremely excited to see what the future will bring for Loki and Sylvie as they will inevitably continue to cross paths throughout time. And I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief to know that Tom Hiddleston isn’t leaving the MCU quite yet.

All season 1 episodes of Loki are currently streaming on Disney+.

Whatever happens next for Loki, you know we’ll be covering it here. And for more in-depth analysis of all things Loki make sure to check out the Comic Years Podcast. Tell us what you thought of the season finale of Loki: “For All Time. Always” by joining the conversation with Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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