The Season Finale of Marvel’s Loki Is a Glorious Ending To a Glorious Season
The final episode of the acclaimed Marvel and Disney Plus series Loki is a successful episode that’s low on action yet high on stakes.
The Loki season finale opens with iconic, famous dialogue from other Marvel Cinematic Universe projects, including Vision’s “What is grief, if not love persevering?” — which went from a heartbreaking quote to a meme earlier this year — as audiences were dragged from Earth and its scorching sun and outward toward the Citadel at the End of Time where Kang the Conqueror resides.
Lastly, we heard Sylvie reaching out to Loki: “Open your eyes!” She’d eventually go on to exclaim variations of the same phrase throughout the episode.
“What makes a Loki a Loki?” Revenge? Mischief? Backstabbing and lies? Our version of Loki experienced a breakthrough when it came to these components and values, and seemed determined to make better decisions.
Sylvie? Well, certainly not as much.
Sylvie only felt cheated and felt revenge for her own personal pain and the suffering of Variants as she sought the destruction of the Time Variance Authority and, eventually, the reemergence of the multiverse. Throughout the episode, I found myself on her side just as much as I was on Loki’s, and Kate Herron and the creators of the series did an amazing job to get me there because Loki, Sylvie, and Kang all had great points to make while discussing about whether to start the infinite outcomes of the multiverse — once you open Pandora’s Box it’s not easy to close. However, we knew a Multiverse of Madness was coming, and that Sylvie was certainly going to be the winner of this individual argument.
The Loki season finale benefitted from getting a majority of its big action out of the way in the penultimate episode’s fight against Alioth, and I felt no disappointment that the finale had about half an hour of dialogue in store. We started the series through enthralling dialogue and that’s how we’re going to finish it. This time, however, it was dialogue I completely wanted, and Jonathan Majors’ Kang was there to deliver it in bunches as I was captivated by his every word.
How good was Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror, though? Well, I found him to be an instantly amazing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, despite his villainous appearance being saved for the end of the episode. In the Sacred Timeline, Kang appeared to be an insightful, thoughtful, somewhat good-natured and certainly casual individual who laughed his way through an impending and violent death (which he definitely allowed to occur) but there are other versions of Kang out there who aren’t as friendly, and we’ll certainly be meeting one of them in the upcoming Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. I think we’ll run into him again before that, but Majors has a unique opportunity to produce a completely different performance as Kang every time we see him.
It was certainly fitting that when we finally met Kang he was eating an apple — a symbol for knowledge, immortality, power, and temptation. The series has played with all of these themes throughout its runtime, and continued to do so in the season finale. The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory vibes were still going strong in this episode as Kang explained to Loki and Sylvie that he was exhausted and had chosen them as the perfect individuals to take over his reign of the Sacred Timeline, and it all made for an amazing, perfect, effective season finale.
It’s incredibly difficult to write Loki into a place where he plays an innocent pawn in a chess game he has no idea how to play, especially after we’ve seen him be many moves ahead in other MCU projects. But to have him be the voice of reason in that situation was something special, and Tom Hiddleston’s performance during the scene where he struggled to avoid battling Sylvie in order to express his view was spectacular. I may have not entirely bought in to the romance between Loki and Sylvie, but I did buy in to the ways that they were too different to trust each other when they came to blows.
Kang managed to give Renslayer what she needed before he met the end of Sylvie’s sword by passing on some key information through Miss Minutes. Renslayer and Kang are connected in the comics, even becoming romantically involved at certain points, so we can expect to see them on-screen together at some point in the future now that she has ditched Mobius and the TVA and set out on her own adventure.
I was somewhat sad to find out during the episode’s Planet of the Apes-esque cliffhanger that Mobius doesn’t remember Loki and their friendship is completely one-sided, but I believe that these two will reconnect at some point. I assume that Owen Wilson will return for Season Two, and that assumption is just one thing keeping me happy as I wave goodbye to the series for the near future. I heavily enjoyed watching every episode of Loki, but I’m glad that in the Season One finale we not only got answers, but genuinely saw one of these Disney Plus shows impact the MCU in a major way, far beyond the personal character development we saw with Wanda and Sam.
Yes, the multiverse has arrived, and we have no idea what madness comes next, only that a war beyond our wildest nightmares with Kang at the forefront is coming. I couldn’t be more excited to find out what happens next or how Loki and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe characters will fair as Phase 4 continues.