From the inception of the MCU, Loki has consistently voiced his claim to a glorious purpose, all the while grappling with the ambiguity of his true calling. Appropriately named, the season 2 finale, ‘Glorious Purpose,’ not only concludes this chapter but potentially serves as the grand finale for the entire series. It unveils the path ahead for the Asgardian god and delves into his navigation of the complications tied to the Temporal Loom, shedding light on his newfound comprehension of temporal-slipping abilities. Let’s delve into the events of ‘Loki’ season 2 and explore its culmination.
Loki broke the wheel
In the fifth episode of season 2, Loki unraveled the connection between his time-slipping ability and the people he desired to encounter. This newfound understanding empowered him to wield his temporal powers deliberately, seamlessly traversing between timelines with precision. He journeyed back to a time before the Temporal Loom wreaked havoc on the TVA.
Guided by OB, Loki recognized the urgency of accelerating their efforts to mend the Temporal Loom before Victor Timely faced destruction. Despite numerous attempts to hasten the process by leaping through time, Timely succumbed to the radiation repeatedly. Loki found himself repeatedly retracing his steps to the moment he reintroduced Timely to the TVA.
Determined to expedite the preparation of the Throughput Multiplier, Loki dedicated centuries to time travel, absorbing every detail about the Temporal Loom and the Throughput Multiplier from OB and Timely. He transformed into an expert on the subject through centuries of delving into the past.
Eventually, Loki and his allies succeeded in expediting the entire process, enabling Timely to rectify the Temporal Loom using the Throughput Multiplier to enhance its capacity. The celebration, however, was short-lived as OB discovered that the Loom was still overloading.
In a revelation, Timely concluded that infinite timelines and universes were emerging, overwhelming the Loom and rendering it incapable of handling infinite possibilities.
The Loom was never all that important for the Multiverse, it was a failsafe
With a sense of defeat weighing heavily on him, Loki retraces his steps to the moment in time when he and Sylvie confront He Who Remains at the conclusion of season 1. Desperate to make sense of the unfolding events, Loki attempts to persuade Sylvie to pause and engage in a dialogue with He Who Remains. Yet, Sylvie steadfastly insists that the only way to prevent her is to end her life, rendering resolution seemingly impossible.
As the tension escalates, He Who Remains intervenes, pausing the events to disclose that he foresaw every detail and even hints that he orchestrated Loki’s acquisition of the power to navigate through time and space at will. He reveals to Loki that the only salvation lies in a choice between killing Sylvie and dismantling the Temporal Loom. Contrary to its apparent purpose, the Loom was not designed to regulate timelines but served as a failsafe intended to obliterate everything except the Sacred Timeline.
In essence, the Loom wasn’t the core of the TVA; it was He Who Remains’ contingency plan. He crafted a closed loop, ensuring his reincarnation repeatedly. Sylvie’s act of killing him would result in multiple timelines emerging, annihilating branches, and preserving only the Sacred Timeline. This cyclical process allowed He Who Remains to regain power consistently, validating his earlier statement to Sylvie in season 1 about encountering her again.
Loki is forced to make a difficult choice
Loki now grapples with the weight of two choices: either dismantling the Loom or ending Sylvie’s life. The former would unleash multiple timelines, triggering a multiversal conflict and heralding the return of He Who Remains. On the other hand, killing Sylvie would ensure He Who Remains’ continued reign. In essence, Loki realizes that He Who Remains’ resurgence seems inevitable, regardless of the chosen path.
Returning to a pivotal moment where Mobius seeks to recruit him into the TVA, Loki engages in a conversation with Mobius about the nature of burdens. Mobius shares a personal anecdote about a past decision that has haunted him, emphasizing the enduring weight of tough choices. Implicitly, Mobius urges Loki to bear the burden of the challenging decision that lies ahead.
Revisiting AD Doug’s laboratory, Loki enlightens Sylvie about his newfound ability to manipulate time. Pausing time, he confesses the possibility of having to end her life. Sylvie, however, relinquishes the decision to Loki, emphasizing his agency in determining their course of action.
In a poignant moment, Sylvie shares her experiences of living through countless apocalyptic timelines, witnessing the willingness of people to sacrifice for a better future. This revelation crystallizes for Loki the understanding of what he must do in the face of his formidable choice.
Loki makes the right choice
Choosing not to end Sylvie’s life, Loki returns to a crucial moment before Loom’s devastation of the TVA. Rather than letting Timely depart, Loki descends to the Loom, ensuring that everything is securely sealed behind him. Declaring his newfound understanding of the god he must become, Loki embarks on a transformative journey.
Adorned in his regal attire, Loki progresses through the gangway, demolishing the Temporal Loom and giving rise to a sudden surge of diverse timelines. Utilizing his powers, he seizes control of these timelines, obliterating each one. OB observes the diminishing branches, and Loki, entering a portal to the end of time, encounters even more emerging branches.
Assuming the seat once occupied by He Who Remains, Loki seizes command of the diverse timelines, evolving into the new Temporal Loom. Essentially, he eradicated the old Loom to pave the way for a superior one, utilizing his godly abilities to regulate the multiverse’s various timelines.
In essence, Loki ingeniously dismantled He Who Remains’ loop, now taking on the responsibility of overseeing the timelines. He embraces a glorious purpose, comprehending the nature of burden and the imperative actions required for the greater good.
What happens to the TVA and the Multiverse?
Following Loki’s sacrifice, the TVA returned to its usual operations, with analysts and agents diligently monitoring the diverse timelines. Mobius discusses the lingering ignorance of Kang variants regarding the TVA, noting a minor disturbance caused by one of them in Earth-616, a nod to the events in ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.’
As B-15 and Mobius proceed to the war room to strategize future plans, Mobius confides in his friend about his decision to depart from the TVA. He expresses a desire to experience his life within the Sacred Timeline and gain a deeper understanding of what he has safeguarded for years. B-15, understanding his perspective, heads to the war room to join the other leaders of the TVA.
In a contemplative moment, Mobius observes his variant on the Sacred Timeline, joined by Sylvie. They share thoughts about the absence of Loki and express hope for the unfolding situation, acknowledging Loki’s need to fulfill his destiny.
The series concludes with Loki seated on his “throne,” overseeing the different timelines of the multiverse at the end of time. He has become a true god, the sole regulator of the multiverse. This is the glorious purpose that has burdened him since his inception.
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