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Loki Episode 6: Sorry About The Multiverse, Doctor Strange

At long last, Loki‘s finale is here! It’s titled “For All Time. Always”, and boy oh boy, there’s a lot of ground to cover. As always, spoilers ahead! I guarantee that you don’t want to miss this season finale.

The episode begins with Loki and Sylvie about to step foot into the castle they discovered. They both know the creator of the Time-Keepers is inside. After stepping foot through the front doors, they’re promptly interrupted by none other than Ms. Minutes. Yup, the little clock hologram from back at the TVA somehow has access to this location in the void! She tells Loki and Sylvie that “He Who Remains” has a deal to offer them. They could both return to their timelines with no fear of becoming Variants again. You can tell they’re both tempted, especially Loki, but neither of them take the offer and continue onwards.

They stop in front of an elevator, which opens to reveal a very sharply dressed man played by Jonathan Majors. He doesn’t introduce himself initially. Instead, he fangirls over having two Lokis in his presence and acts fairly nonchalant about the whole thing. Then Sylvie tries to stab him a couple times, and he uses a TemPad to escape each attempt unharmed. He invites both Lokis upstairs to his office, munching on a green apple as he pours them both tea. He doesn’t seem bothered at all by the attempts on his life or the swords pointed at him, but there’s an explanation for that.

Meanwhile, at the TVA, Mobius meets with Renslayer. He feels betrayed, and rightfully so, but Renslayer expresses the same feelings. They betrayed each other, according to their respective viewpoints. Renslayer ends up using a TemPad to leave her office, stating that she’s in search of free will. And, for better or for worse, that’s the last we see of her this episode. Mobius later meets up with Hunter B-15, who’s rallied the TVA together and told them the truth. However, for most of the episode, we don’t stick with them.

Most of the episode’s conflict and action lies with Loki, Sylvie and “He Who Remains”. Once again, he doesn’t truly introduce himself, but he does call himself a conqueror at one point. That’s all we needed to confirm that this is, in fact, Kang the Conqueror! Or at least, one of the many Kang the Conquerors that exist in the multiverse. He explains that everything leading up to his meeting with Loki and Sylvie was prewritten. They never had any true control over their lives, and all they did was walk the road Kang laid out for them. He also confirms that he created the TVA after his multiple Variants started a war across the multiverses. His reliance on the TVA fixing the timeline is what’s keeping the multiverse from total destruction.

He then says that there’s two options: either Loki and Sylvie can take over the TVA as their benevolent rulers and continue to monitor the timeline, or they can kill Kang and let the multiverse spiral into chaos. Sylvie keeps saying that Kang’s lying, but Loki seems to trust Kang for the most part. Even if he was lying, killing him was too big of a risk to take. Sylvie tries to kill Kang again, but Loki stops her, and they have a quick duel in Kang’s office.

In the final moments of their duel, Loki and Sylvie share a small moment together, with Loki saying that she can’t trust and that he can’t be trusted. It’s sad, given the buildup, because it seems like Loki’s been trying to become a better person and make better decisions. They share a kiss, which I audibly sighed at when I first watched the episode, and then Sylvie opens up a TemPad portal and pushes Loki through. He ends up at the TVA and doesn’t have time before the portal closes. Sylvie, then, is left alone with Kang. Considering how stubborn she is, you can guess what happens next.

If you guessed that Sylvie kills Kang, congrats, you’re a winner! She stabs him and he smiles, saying “see you soon” before dying in his seat. Sylvie collapses, with tears following shortly after. However, Kang’s death signaled the beginning of the end. The timeline begins to fracture, and an infinite amount of branches open up. At the TVA, Loki finds himself amidst a grand amount of chaos and confusion. He eventually spots Mobius and tells him how bad of a situation they’re in. But then, in perhaps the most heartbreaking moment of the episode, Mobius says “who are you?”.

Loki, heartbroken and truly alone, looks on as he sees a large statue of Kang inside the TVA, signaling that everything is changing. The episode ends there, with a cheeky post-credits scene saying that there will be a season two. That’s right, the season finale ends on a massive cliffhanger. When the episode ended, all I could think about was how big of an issue Sylvie created. And who’s going to be the one to clean up her mess? If I had to take a guess, I’d put my money on Doctor Strange. His second movie’s titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, after all.

Overall, Loki is a fun show with a lot of good and a lot of bad. It marks a turn in the MCU, the effects of which will likely impact many movies to come. Out of all the upcoming movies, I’m specifically looking at Thor: Love and Thunder, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Either way, it’ll be fun to see those timeline effects play out! However, I’ll forever be upset that Mobius has yet to get his jet-ski.

What did you think of the Loki season finale? Do you have any predictions for the next season? Is Doctor Strange going to have to clean up Sylvie’s mess somehow? Let us know in the comments or send us your thoughts on Twitter!

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