This is it, the season 2 finale of Loki. It has been quite a ride this season and yet nothing can compare to how the season and perhaps the series, concludes.
Loki’s life has come full circle in one of the wildest ways possible. Let’s talk about it.
Loki season 2, episode 6 recap – Let’s try this again
When we last left off, Loki had learned how to control his time slipping, bringing him back to the moment Victor Timely is about to suit up and unfortunately die from the radiation. Thus begins the never-ending process of Loki trying to figure out how to not only save Victor’s life but prevent the destruction of time itself.
After trying and failing multiple times, Loki figures out that he needs to go back in time to learn everything about the TVA by reading O.B’s handbook. After doing so, some changes are made to the suit and Victor Timely is able to successfully expand the rings and survive!
This was one of many nail-biting moments in the episode, as I was expecting Victor to still fail and die. Well part of my prediction was correct.
Victor survives but they still fail because although the rings are expanded, allowing more branches to fit, it still overloads, meaning the TVA and all of time is still going to be destroyed. With no other option, Loki decides to travel back to the season 1 finale, in the hopes of stopping Sylvie from killing He Who Remains.
Once again Loki tries and fails to convince her, resulting in He Who Remains dying, time and time again. But this is where the episode takes an interesting turn.
Loki season 2, episode 6 recap – Breaking the time loom
Out of nowhere, He Who Remains takes control of the narrative. He is amused that it took Loki this long to figure out how to control his time slipping, which also includes stopping time at his will.
He and Loki begin discussing everything that has occurred so far, when it is revealed that no matter what Loki does, he will fail, and the TVA will collapse. The TVA was a failsafe all along…ouch.
This is tragic considering the great lengths Loki has been going through all season long to save the TVA and everyone in the universe. As a result, Loki wonders if he can just break the time loom.
But even that will come at a cost. He Who Remains gives Loki an ultimatum; either he kills Sylvie to prevent He Who Remains’ death and the catastrophe to follow or Loki breaks the time loom which will result in all-out war with He Who Remains’ variants.
Knowing how Loki feels about Sylvie since season 1, he cannot bring himself to kill her. But before Loki can make that final decision, he decides to time slip back to when he has his first interview or intervention with Mobius in season 1.
Together they discuss a hypothetical situation where Mobius provides his honest insight into the matter. Loki must now make a final decision.
Loki season 2, episode 6 recap – Loki’s glorious purpose
Time slipping back to when Victor Timely is supposed to expand the rings, Loki decides to go himself without wearing the suit. In a spectacle of glorious CGI imagery and graphics, Loki slowly takes a final form, complete with his golden horn crown and green cloak.
He breaks the time loom and with his power he is able to control and save all of the timelines in existence. His fate is to sit on a throne, all alone, keeping all of time safe and alive forever so that Sylvie can live her life, Mobius can watch his variant with his kids, and so that the TVA (including a new and improved Miss Minutes) can thrive, while keeping constant oversight over He Who Remains’ variants.
We do get a glimpse of Renslayer, who was pruned episodes earlier, about to encounter the giant cloud monster that may or may not erase her completely from existence. Let’s not also forget that the TVA handbook never reaches child Victor Timely either.
Loki season 2, episode 6 review
That was Loki season 2. A very chaotic yet astounding Marvel production that I wish more Marvel franchises would replicate…
Loki season 2 delivered in every sense and kept me on the edge of my seat in total fascination. Yes, there were some aspects of it that I wasn’t thrilled about, however it was a wonderful continuation to an already impressive and exceptional television show.
The ending does tie all loose ends, with a few exceptions, which means we could either see a third season (though I doubt that), or we could see these loose ends weave themselves into future Marvel projects. Loki’s transformation from villain to savior was done in such a believable and elegant way, that it will be hard for another Marvel character to meet such expectations again.
This is literally a catching lightning in a bottle moment that I’m glad to have witnessed as a Marvel fan. Obviously, a lot of Loki’s success is due to the cast, which let’s be honest, no matter the role Tom Hiddleston rises to the challenge without fail.
I was even surprised by Owen Wilson’s superb performance considering I was raised on his ridiculous and comedic characters like Zoolander’s Hansel. It goes to show how much range he truly has.
Which brings me to my next to last thought: please nominate the cast of Loki for any and all television award ceremonies. We can’t let any of the cast, like Wunmi Mosaku, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Ke Huy Quan, go unnoticed for their performances.
Bravo everyone! And now my last thought: Disney, please release an actual TVA handbook that fans can purchase.
I do mean the handbook, not an empty notebook with the TVA handbook cover. Thank you!
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Watch Loki season 2 on Disney Plus.