This review contains spoilers for the season finale of “Loki”
Today, the season finale of “Loki” premiered, and fans all converged to see how it would end and if all of their theories would come to pass. And I’m so happy to report that there’s no Ralph Bohner here! While many love the finale of “WandaVision,” even the most passionate fan felt robbed by the lackluster “Ralph Bohner” reveal for Evan Peters’ character. But “Loki” did not come to disappoint.
In the season finale of “Loki,” titled “For All Time. Always.,” Jonathan Majors makes his first appearance as Kang, surprising and delighting many viewers. He truly gets his time to shine as he faces off against Sylvie and Loki.
The episode begins with Sylvie and Loki entering “The Citadel at the End of Time,” as they are told by Miss Minutes, who confronts them upon their entrance. While both Sylvie and Loki are offered a deal by “He Who Remains” to be reset and choose their desired timeline, they both decide to continue their journey to confront the person behind the TVA once and for all.
And this is where they come upon Jonathan Majors’ Kang, who is calmly waiting for them in an elevator. Kang is not at all concerned that Loki and Sylvie are threatening his life which puts them on edge even more. Kang reveals that they’re still not free, and he has set this all up for Sylvie and Loki, even showing them a printed script of the last few minutes. Here, Kang, who I suspect is Immortus rather than Kang the Conqueror we all know, sits to give Loki and Sylvie exposition galore, warning about other, more evil versions of himself.
Here, he reveals that interacting with versions of himself at first was fantastic as they shared knowledge, but it then created conflict, the Multiversal War. This Kang put an end to the Multiversal War by weaponizing Alioth and controlling the timeline with the TVA. Loki and Sylvie now have two options: kill this Kang, and his variants take over, or the two of them can take over the TVA together.
And in a bold, somewhat creepy moment that zooms in Kang’s almost gleeful face, he affirms that they have “crossed the threshold” where he doesn’t know what’s going to happen. And the timeline starts to branch.
Sylvie takes this opportunity to try to kill Kang, but Loki stops her and implores her to think about the consequences of her actions. Accusing Loki of just wanting a throne, Sylvie and Loki engage in a half-magic/half-sword fight to which Kang has a front-row seat, and they both get to show off their skills.
But in a moment of ultimate betrayal, Sylvie kisses Loki to distract him and magically blasts him through a time door back to the TVA. Now, she seizes her moment to kill Kang, but not before he says, “see you soon,” with a smile and a wink, wonderfully delivered by Jonathan Majors. Thank you, Sylvie, for giving us the multiverse. Because as Sylvie sits in regret about her decision, the timeline is officially going out of control.
Back at the TVA, Loki is heartbroken by Sylvie’s betrayal. Still, he resolves himself to solve the situation and survive as a Loki does, another situation amazingly acted by Tom Hiddleston. Finding Mobius, Loki is relieved to see him, but Mobius doesn’t recognize him in a shocking moment. And Loki realizes that the timeline has already changed, as he sees a Kang statue, in a comic-accurate suit, in the TVA. It appears that Kang has reset the TVA workforce and is now officially the ruler of the TVA. I can’t wait to see Jonathan Majors play this variant of Kang.
And at the very end of the episode, a title card comes up with “Loki will return in Season 2,” an exciting end to a great show. “Loki” is not only required viewing to understand future movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s a well-made and entertaining television show to add to Disney+’s plate. Because not only does “Loki” desperately need a season two, with the multiverse officially confirmed, the ramifications of this show will go into “What If…?”, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.”
Oh, the places we’ll go.
“Loki” will return for a second season on Disney+.