Disney Plus Loki season 2, episode 4 recap “Heart of the TVA”

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.
Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL. /

It looks like Ravonna Renslayer and Miss Minutes are teaming up once again to take complete control of the TVA. In Loki season 2 episode 4, with the TVA on the brink of collapse, Loki must rely on Victor Timely to save everyone.

Can he do it or was this mission doomed to fail? Let’s talk about it!

Loki season 2, episode 4 recap – Ravonna’s past and betrayal

Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Ravonna Renslayer in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL. /

The episode opens with Miss Minutes and Ravonna at the castle at the end of time with He Who Remains’ dead body. Miss Minutes takes it upon herself to reveal to Ravonna a secret He Who Remains had kept from her.

The erased memory plays out in a miniature, where it is revealed that Ravonna was He Who Remains’ general and helped him achieve victory over his variants. He shares romantic sentiments with Ravonna before sending her on her way to the TVA.

After she leaves, He Who Remains instructs Miss Minutes to erase everyone’s memories at the TVA, including Ravonna’s. From that moment on He Who Remains lived alone and the TVA functioned under the pretense of the Time Keepers.

Now bitter and angry, Ravonna can be perfectly manipulated by Miss Minutes who suggests that they don’t need He Who Remains. They should rule the TVA together.

But this couldn’t come at a worse time. Victor Timely, now at the TVA, must meet with O.B and Casey to figure out how to resolve the problem.

After much deliberation they decide to expand the rings holding the Temporal Loom together. The expansion should enable all the new and growing timelines to fit and thus the system won’t get overloaded.

It’s important to keep in mind that all the timelines that were destroyed in season 2 episode 2 have begun returning. Meaning new timeline branches continued to appear, making me feel like that big, horrific moment can now be viewed as pointless.

While they get to work, Hunter B-15 confides in Judge Gamble about General Dox, Hunter X-5 and the minutemen. Judge Gamble suggests that B-15 try to convince her that this timeline is worth saving.

Hunter B-15 takes her advice and visits Judge Gamble, Hunter X-5, and the minutemen, all locked away in a room. Her words seem to resonate with Judge Gamble, as Hunter B-15 requests that they work together.

However, Hunter X-5 doesn’t share the same thoughts, wanting nothing more than to go back to the timeline as Brad the actor. What Hunter B-15 didn’t expect was that not long after she leaves, Ravonna and Miss Minutes arrive asking the group to follow her.

Judge Gamble and the rest of the minutemen, aside from Hunter X-5, refuse, leading to their horrific deaths squished in the orange cube.

Loki season 2, episode 4 recap – The past and future combine

(L-R): Eugene Cordero as Casey, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, Ke Huy Quan as O.B., Owen Wilson as Mobius and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Jonathan Majors as Victor Timely in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL. /

After Sylvie rips into Mobius for trying to distract himself from the situation with pie, Victor Timely gets captured while getting hot cocoa from a vending machine. He is taken to Ravonna and Miss Minutes by Hunter X-5 in the War Room.

Hunter B-15 discovers the dead bodies and catches up with Mobius, Loki, Sylvie, Casey and O.B to realize their TemPads aren’t working. They know Miss Minutes is trying to stop them at every turn.

By now the part Casey, O.B and Victor had been working on is complete, but they still need Victor. Victor does his best to stall, knowing what Ravonna wants and in the process O.B is able to shut down and reboot the TVA.

This causes Miss Minutes to be completely erased, at least for now. Loki and Sylvie get separated when the mystery of who pruned Loki from the first episode of the season is solved.

Loki from the future indeed prunes Loki of the past and meets Sylvie at the elevator. They reach the ringing telephone to learn it was O.B the whole time.

Using her powers, Sylvie is able to temporarily possess Hunter X-5 to prune Ravonna and rescue Victor. With Victor returned, they need to scan his aura in order to open the sealed walls and gates.

Once that is complete, the group is able to see that the Temporal Loom is about to explode. They need to repeat the same events as the first episode, with someone getting into the Temporal Core suit, running out to the Temporal Loom, connecting a device to expand the rings and return.

The only problem is that the radiation is a lot worse.

Loki season 2, episode 4 recap – The End?

Ke Huy Quan as O.B. in Marvel Studios’ LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL. /

Although Loki offers to go out in the suit, Victor believes he should be the one to do it. He gets suited up and follows O.B’s instructions.

Shockingly, Victor doesn’t survive the ordeal, practically disintegrating in a matter of seconds from the radiation. As the group tries to process what they just witnessed, the Temporal Loom appears to erupt with a blinding white light emerging and making its way towards our heroes as the episode closes.

Loki season 2, episode 4 review

Is it just me or is this season of Loki very dark and downright brutal? Victor’s death was horrific as was Judge Gamble’s and the minutemen.

Not to mention how downright terrifying it is to see Miss Minutes becoming a full-blown psychopath. I mean I never trusted her since the moment she appeared in season 1, but I wasn’t expecting this level of inhumanity either.

The show becomes positively morbid when Judge Gamble and the minutemen bomb the timelines earlier in the season, killing who knows how many variants. The whole plot with the Temporal Loom erupting, feels very reminiscent of watching an atom bomb explode and you’re faced with the impending cloud of doom with nowhere to run.

The little bits of humor and lightheartedness are barely noticeable. It is fun to see Loki and Mobius play off one another with witty comebacks but it’s not enough.

Season 1 had its moments but somehow, they didn’t feel as intense and dark as season 2. There are still two episodes left in the season and I’m more baffled than before as to what route this show is going in.

The whole season has been revolving around saving the TVA from utter destruction but what happens after? Will there be a after for Loki, Mobius, Sylvie or the TVA?

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Loki season 2, episode 5 will air on Disney Plus on November 2.