It’s a real “out of the fireplace, into the fire” situation for Loki and Sylvie this week. If an apocalypse event on Lamentis-1 wasn’t bad enough, they have even more danger ahead of them in
The episode begins on Asgard. We go inside to reveal Sylvie as a kid playing with some toys. She flies a Valkyrie on a pegasus to battle a dragon like we saw in Muspelheim in
What Did Sylvie Do?
The question then becomes, what exactly did a child, even a supposed “variant” child such as Sylvie, do that was bad enough to cause Renslayer to arrest her and nuke her timeline? We don’t get the answer in this episode, but we do know what happened to Sylvie after her arrest. Unlike our Loki when he came before a TVA judge, Sylvie escapes and steals Renslayer’s TemPad.
Later, back on Lamentis-1, as the sky keeps falling, Sylvie tells Loki about her childhood. She says the TVA chased her through time and space her whole life. “Everywhere and every-when I went, it caused a Nexus Event,” and so she grew up among apocalypses. Apparently her mere existence created a big enough detour from the Sacred Timeline to warrant TVA intervention. Is someone out there targeting Lokis? If so, why? What threat do they pose if they’re allowed to run amok unabated? Are they being rounded up to harness the chaos energy that they clearly possess?
Back in the TVA, we see Mobius, Hunter B-15, and a crew of Chronomonitors searching the Sacred Timeline for the Lokis. We see a few interesting dates and locations on the monitor, including Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. That spot was once home to the world’s longest covered bridge, which was destroyed by inclement weather in 1832, the date on the screen.
We also see Morag, the planet that housed the Power Stone in
The screen at one point reads Timeline 400, which immediately made us think of
In what is sure to be the moment keeping everyone talking until the next episode, it appears Loki and Sylvie sharing a tender moment (holding hands, how cute) is enough to create a massive spike in the timeline. The act helps Mobius pinpoint their location. It’s a pretty massive Nexus Event, and the one from the title, clearly. This may skeeve some people out, but as we find out later in the episode, Loki and Sylvie are not “the exact same person” even if Mobius laughs at the narcissism it would take to fall in love with yourself. We actually have a different read on that moment.
When Mobius gets Loki back in his interrogation room, the TVA agent seems exceptionally upset, and hurt that Loki would do this to their friendship. As punishment, Mobius puts Loki in a specific time loop from many years back on Asgard. And it’s here we have a fun
Anyway, Sif is mad at Loki for a prank resulting in him cutting her hair. This isn’t just an example of a young God of Mischief being a bit of a dick. This prank is straight out of Norse mythology too and has appeared in the comics several times, including 1983’s
Time Theater 47
We see the TVA hold Sylvie in Time Theater 47. Fun coincidence is that
All the Damn Vampires
Mobius mentions that the TVA has processed Kree, Titans, and vampires.
As a reminder, the Kree are the warlike aliens we first met in
While the beginning of the episode gave a brief tease, the climax of the episode, which finds Renslayer bringing Loki and Sylvie to meet the supposed makers: the Time Keepers. We’ve seen the statues and friezes devoted to the three lizard lords throughout the TVA, but now we get our first full glimpse of them, pompous and huge. But it’s not what it seems. Hunter B-15 arrives, now aware of the truth; she and her fellow TVA members are variants, abducted from their lives, their memories buried. She frees Loki and Sylvie and they have a big ol’ battle, which ends with Sylvie decapitating the top Time Keeper.
Except it’s not really a Time Keeper. Or at least, it’s not really a lizard guy. It’s a robot, you see. Meaning someone else is behind the TVA. A-no-doy. We’ve had various theories about who could or could not be behind everything. There’s probably no chance it’s Agatha all along, but the case for an evil Loki, a Council of Kangs, or even—as a popular theory posits—it’s the Beyonder, are all still on the table. Though, given Kang’s inclusion seems very premature since he’s already been announced to appear in
Mid-Credits, Oh Boy!
So, you may have thought we glossed over Mobius’ apparent tragic death, or “pruning” as the TVA calls it. Never. He is our special Jet Ski Dad and we are devastated. Or we were briefly at least. The end of the episode has us thinking “pruning” might not be as disintegrate-y as it looks. Because, at the end of the episode proper, Loki is about to tell Sylvie how he feels, but Renslayer batons him at the most inopportune, yet perfectly TV dramatic, moment. Uh oh! Does this mean Loki’s dead forever?
Not a chance. The mid-credits scene finds Loki waking up on gravel (a favorite pastime of his), wondering aloud if he’s in Hell. Well, not a chance. We hear the distinctive voice of Richard E. Grant telling him he’ll need to join them. Well who exactly is that? A cut reveals something really exciting. Four more variant Lokis!
We see Grant as “Classic Loki,” wearing the God of Mischief’s classic comic book costume from way back in
This Gator Loki has us especially thrilled because it seems like a nice counterpoint to the comics’ infamous Throg, or the Thor that is also a frog.
Does this mean that pruning sends people to some kind of apocalypse dimension? We see behind the variant Lokis a desolated version of Manhattan, as evidenced by the wrecked Avengers Tower on screen right. Does this mean our dear Agent Mobius will also be around there somewhere, along with a metric buttload of other people the TVA have “eliminated” throughout history? Or are Lokis special and therefore they can’t really go away? It’s Lokis all the way down, man!
And there you have it, friends. Just some of our favorite Easter eggs, references, and moments in