Spoilers for the previous episodes of Loki are below, though I’ve done my best not to spoil this week’s show. You have been warned!
Has it been six weeks since the start of Loki already? I guess Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius was right: time passes differently in the TVA.
So here we are, not only at the end of Loki’s fantastic first series, but also at the end of time itself, with Loki and Sylvie (both Loki Variants themselves, who had some help from a few other Lokis) poised to discover who lurks in the house beyond the Void – and who is really behind the TVA, the supposed protectors of the Sacred Timeline.
It’s been a wild, fun, hilarious and even heartfelt ride – can the finale sustain that and give us the satisfying payoff that we want?
Well, yes. And so much more, including a stunning opening sequence that’ll have Marvel fans enraptured. We get the answer as to who is in the house at the end of everything – and it’s very well handled in the off-kilter way the show does so well. There’s plenty of compelling exposition, incredibly well handled drama and the genuinely amazing performances we’ve come to expect from everyone involved. Your jaw will likely be on the floor at the end – and please: don’t miss the moment after the credits. That’s all I’m going to say about the episode’s content, for fear of spoiling anything. And if spoilers are something you’re keen to avoid, there’s definitely a few timelines you need to stay away from – on social media.
Everyone already loved Tom Hiddleston’s Loki; his chemistry with everyone is astonishing to watch – I think he may actually be a charming Asgardian God of Mischief – but it’s surprising how much we also fell in love with his friends. Agent Mobius, the laidback field agent with an initially bizarre love of jetskis, Sylvie: the (literally) enchanting, hellbent-on-revenge Loki Variant with a heartbreaking back story – and even last week’s brilliant crew of Loki Variants: Richard E. Grant’s wonderful, powerful Classic Loki and Alligator Loki (played by a huge number of pixels and polygons) to name just two.
It’s bittersweet to see the series end; it’s been a brilliantly written, impeccably acted, wonderfully soundtracked delight, with some phenomenal production design too. Though it may have started life with the intention of tying up a movie loose end, the sheer inventiveness and incredible execution has seen the series go way beyond the burden of its glorious purpose to become so much more.
Just like a certain God of Mischief we all know and love.
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