The following post contains major spoilers for Loki Episode 4. Proceed with Caution!
When a familiar face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe appears, but it’s do not the most breathless moment of the hour, you have a rather hectic Loki episode on your hands.
Wednesday’s episode of the Disney + series – its fourth of six – briefly welcomed Jaimie Alexander as Lady Sif, but he also did the following: showed us the Keepers of Time, which actually fits Loki’s description of “space lizards” more than I thought. Confirmed that Ravonna Renslayer is a major villain. Possibly killed Mobius. (Noooo!) And certainly does not have kill Loki, but sent him on a mysterious new timeline and introduced four new variants… including a reptile. Busy day!
At the start of Episode 4, TVA is able to locate Loki and Sylvie moments before Lamentis is completely wiped out; for reasons unknown (as of yet), their presence on Lamentis causes a huge connection event, branching off the sacred timeline with alarming speed and intensity. Thus, a few seconds before Loki and Sylvie perish in an avalanche of debris, two doors open and they are returned to TVA. Here are the highlights of what happens next:
* As punishment for betraying Mobius and TVA, Loki is banished to a time cell, where an unpleasant memory – in this case, Sif repeatedly hitting Loki for cutting some of his hair as a prank – still plays out. and again in a loop. Before entering the cell, however, Loki informs Mobius that “TVA is lying to you,” which seems to weigh on Mobius’ mind, especially after Renslayer suspiciously informed him earlier that Hunter C-20 was suddenly dead after Sylvie messed up his brain. . (Renslayer also won’t let Mobius question Sylvie, claiming Sylvie is just too dangerous. Of course, January)
Later, while questioning Loki about his master plan and Sylvie’s, Mobius lies that Sylvie has already been pruned (see: killed!) By the VAT, and he can tell by Loki’s reaction that the god of mischief is feeding romantic feelings of some. so for the goddess of mischief. And according to Mobius’ estimate, it was Loki and Sylvie’s weird chemistry that caused the massive connection event on Lamentis: two variations of the same being developing feelings for each other? It would shatter reality altogether, and might even drop all VAT, perhaps. Loki eventually reveals to Mobius that he was not created by the Timekeepers, and all TVA employees are variations that have had past lives… but Mobius pretends not to believe it, and Loki is back to Time Cell.
* Meanwhile, B-15 has her own suspicions about VAT, after Sylvie briefly enchanted her mind as they were back at Roxxcart. She manages to spend some one-on-one time with Sylvie in her interrogation room and uses it to bring them both back to Roxxcart that same rainy night. B-15 says that she saw something while Sylvie was in her head, and Sylvie assures her that it was a real memory of her existence before TVA; Sylvie cannot create new memories to fool people, but can only work with what is already there.
B-15 reaches out to be enchanted again, and Sylvie takes it, showing him something. We don’t see what’s going on in B-15’s mind, but her face is emotional and expressive as she visits the past. “I looked happy,” she says, crying, opening her eyes, and Sylvie nods. “And now?” asks B-15.
* Later, Mobius insists Renslayer a bit more on what happened to C-20 and why he can’t interrogate Sylvie, and Renslayer does everything possible to convince Mobius that she is protecting him. But Mobius doesn’t buy it, and he secretly trades his TemPad with Renslayer’s, where he finds grainy video footage of C-20s insisting she had a life before VAT. Contrary to what Renslayer had told her, C-20 is perfectly sane, and she reveals to her interrogator that everyone at TVA is a variant … until Renslayer steps in to end the interrogation. (and probably prune C-20 completely).
Mobius then saves Loki from Time Cell and confirms that Loki has always been right about VAT. They agree to trust each other as they try to figure out what’s really going on here… but as they leave the time cell, Renslayer and a few guards wait for them, looking angry. Mobius hands him Renslayer’s TemPad back, playing it as if the devices had just been swapped out by accident, but it’s clear he’s in real trouble. So Mobius told Renslayer that if he could get anywhere in time, he would go “wherever I am really from.” Everywhere I had a life before the arrival of VAT. Maybe I had a jet ski. And while he dreams of getting on that jet ski, Renslayer orders the size of Mobius, and a guard turns him to dust with his time stick. Again, with emotion: Noooo!
* Fortunately, there is reason to believe Mobius will be fine, heartbreaking as his sudden pruning may be. After Mobius evaporates in the dust of space-time, Loki and Sylvie are taken to the timekeepers to their prunings, which a newly lit B-15 ultimately prevents before they can be done. This leads to a fight between B-15, Loki, Sylvie, Renslayer and the TVA guards, with only Loki and Sylvie remaining standing at the end. (B-15 and Renslayer only appear to be stunned, however.)
When one of the Keepers of Time says to Sylvie: “You are also a child of the Keepers of Time”, Sylvie throws a knife at her head with incredible precision, completely decapitating the Keeper of Time while the other two lizards of space laugh. But the head that rolls to Loki and Sylvie’s toes is full of threads and sparks, and the remaining Time Keepers suddenly turn off like a faulty animatronic at Disney World. “False. Stupid androids,” exclaims an exasperated Sylvie, while Loki wonders who created the TVA if even these great leaders weren’t real.
Not knowing where to go from here, Loki has an idea. That offhand comment Mobius made about Loki and Sylvie’s bizarre attraction, and how could that bring down VAT? Loki seems ready to test this theory, suddenly softening up and telling Sylvie, “Back on Lamentis… uh, that’s new to me…”
But just as Loki grabs Sylvie’s shoulders and looks ready to kiss her, he’s stabbed in the back by Renslayer, who has come and now slashes Loki with his time stick. He disintegrates into nothingness and Sylvie looks at Renslayer with a venomous expression, snatching Renslayer’s time staff from him and holding it dangerously close to his face. “Do it,” said a newly fearful Renslayer. “No,” Sylvie answers. ” You are going to tell me all. “
* Don’t fear for Loki, however! In a mid-credits scene, he wakes up in post-apocalyptic New York City – and he’s not alone. “Is this Hel?” He wonders aloud, referring to the underworld of Norse mythology. “Am I dead?”
“Not yet,” responds a voice. “But you will be, unless you come with us. And Loki straightens up to face four new variations of himself:
One is a crocodile! We have a new iteration of Mjölnir, maybe? And maybe that means Mobius is alive and well somewhere, surrounded by his own variants with increasingly impressive mustaches.
All right, it’s up to you! What did you think of episode 4? Hit the comments below!