After keeping us hooked over the course of its season, the final episode — episode 6 — of Loki ended on a cliffhanger. In this piece, we’ll give you vital information about the last episode of the first season of Loki, tell you how it puts Loki in a tough spot.
What happens in the season finale?
Surviving countless horrors, Loki and Sylvie finally managed to find the person responsible for the TVA and its horrors — “He Who Remains” aka Kang the Conquerer. The man, weary of maintaining the sacred timeline, offered Loki and Sylvie the responsibility of being co-caretakers of the timeline, claiming that killing Kang would instigate inevitable multiversal war.
jonathan majors killed it this episode. easily one of the best if not the best mcu entrance ever. can’t wait to see more of him as kang. pic.twitter.com/Edmr7kqhOF
— 𝚜𝚊𝚛𝚊𝚑 ⚖️ (@nxmjae) July 14, 2021
Loki came agonizingly close to taking on that responsibility, but Sylvie deceptively managed to send the God of Mischief back to the TVA and murdered Kang in cold blood. As a consequence, the timeline started to branch and the repercussions would most definitely be seen in the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
What does Kang’s death mean?
As explained by the 31st-century human himself, the death of the original Kang would mean exposing the timeline, in exchange for “free will” that both Loki and Sylvie were so desperate for. Although Loki was capable of seeing practicality behind Kang’s cruel decisions, Sylvie was very much determined to exact revenge on the person that stole her life from her.
— Kang (@L0ki_Variant) July 14, 2021
With Kang’s death, the “Sacred Timeline” started to branch, paving way for an infinite number of Kangs to instigate multiversal warfare.
Will Loki undo Kang’s death?
In the final moments of the Season 1 finale, Loki returned to the TVA and tried to communicate with Mobius and Hunter B-15, warning them about the inevitable multiversal war. Unfortunately, neither managed to recognize Loki, as a new timeline had already set in.
he deserves the world pic.twitter.com/zXD9qPafSD
— marvel ✋ (@jeronim06430740) July 14, 2021
Before Sylvie plunged her dagger into Kang’s heart, he warned the two Variants about a multiversal war, which was capable of destroying the multiverse. Now, with the original Kang gone and TVA in ruins, it’s up to Loki to figure a way out, to keep infinite evils from ruining the universe. And undoing Kang’s death — by Sylvie’s blade — is the best way to restore order.
However, since all the upcoming Marvel movies — Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023) — are built on the multiverse theory, we are not expecting to see the original Kang and the Sacred Timeline make an appearance.
Additionally, Kang the Conqueror is coming back in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and we assume he won’t be playing a hero in the upcoming MCU flick. MCU’s Phase 4 could be built upon restoring the harmony across the multiverse, and reviving the original Kang would undo the studio’s grand plan.
The God of Mischief will surely do his best to restore the old order, but the odds are stacked firmly against him at the moment.