Ok, so Loki Season 2 has one of the best endings for an MCU project that I’ve ever seen. Culminating 14 years of Loki appearances, it encapsulates an amazing character arc with the titular character that takes him from villain to hero.
You realize how big his sacrifice is when you realize he’s holding onto the Morbius timeline too. He gave it all up in order to carry the burden of his glorious purpose, and throughout this video, we’ll talk about why the show gives him the perfect ending.
This includes his history, the lines in which he desired a throne, and all our thoughts on that final shot.
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‘LOKI’ SEASON 2 ENDING EXPLAINED
Now, Loki was a character that was first introduced showcasing all the more negative sides that humanity has. Some villains are just power-mad and want to take over the world for the sake of taking over it. You’ll get a guy with giant freaking lasers that wanna hold us to ransom or some that just wanna destroy society for money and power.
Loki, on the other hand, though he wanted to become the ruler of Asgard, there was something far more personal about it than what you get with most villains. Discovering he was a frost giant and had been lied to his entire life, he decided to destroy the family that had raised him in order to get his throne.
It was in this movie that we got our first bit of dialogue that would pay off in the finale.
Huge shoutouts to Tofu on Twitter for that, and it was also on this bridge that things changed for him in both the film and show. Loki realized that he was always going to be somewhat of an outcast, but that he did have people who cared for him. Whether it was his brother…sorry, adoptive brother Thor, Mobius, or Sylvie, Loki had made friends and people that cared about him.
In both, he left them to go onto a higher purpose, which then takes us into The Avengers.
This line about burdens and purpose would become something major later on. Here, though, he had a misconception about what it is to rule and thought that that placed a person above all else.
He believed that leadership meant that subjects kneeled in servitude and wanted to actually take away everyone’s free will.
This is so important because it’s the exact opposite of where he ends up with him holding together the multiverse so people are allowed to have it. Before him, He Who Remains had stripped free will away and had everyone on a pre-determined path. Anyone who walked away from this and created a variant timeline was pruned out of existence, and thus he’d destroyed trillions of lives.
Loki, on the other hand, had decided that Free will was a good thing, and he’d allowed others to have it by giving up his own life. Sat on a throne at the end of time, he was now holding everything together so that people could continue to live.
It’s also important to pay attention to how Loki’s clothes appear in both scenes as they truly highlight the character’s mentality.
In Avengers, he wears a giant golden crown and has fancy robes and clothes adorned upon him. It really gives the idea of the kind of leader that he’d be because those below him would end up suffering. There was a big debate last year in the UK because we had multiple royal family events that cost the public purse a lot of money. This was all in a time when people were struggling because of the cost of living crisis and leaderships are often brought into questioning when people are struggling. That’s something that’s often led to revolutions with the Russian and French ones especially being based around class.
We’ve even been hinted into what Loki’s rule would be like as in WHAT IF we saw a reality in which he’d taken over. Everyone was under the thumb, no one was hitting the thumbs up, and all in all, it seemed horrendous.
Here, though, Loki’s the exact opposite and this is highlighted in the character’s clothes. His robes are shabby, his crown’s made of citadel rock, and the man looks far more broken than what we’d seen before. Once more he’s on a bridge changing his perspective, and we see as he then ascends to the throne.
Now, the next project that Loki appeared in was Thor: The Dark World, in which he further hammered home it was his birthright to rule.
We closed out with him taking over things and would see in Ragnarok what this had led to.
Going to that, he was posing as Odin and had let the nine realms fall into chaos. Lounging around watching plays and being fed grapes, it showed what this version of Loki’s idea of leadership was. Even on Sakaar, he was still fixated on getting a throne which we saw when he said.
Man just wanted a chair, but it wasn’t too long after this that this version would be killed.
This set things even further back character development-wise as we were now dealing with a version of Loki that hadn’t changed his perspective. From a meta point of view, though, I loved what this gave Tom Hiddleston as he could dial the character back to a time in which Loki was still a villain. It let him flourish and bring out the more fun side of his personality instead of the one questioning whether he was doing the right thing.
He still believed that he should be King, which was demonstrated in his conversation with Mobius at the time theater.
This is where the characters first really talked, but this was a defining moment for him. Seeing the pain that his actions would bring, he then decided to go and help the TVA. This led to him coming across his variant who’d lived a much more difficult life than he had.
Through their actions, they got to He Who Remains, and Loki was then sent back in time by Sylvie, which kickstarted the season.
Everything has been built around saving the loom so that the new timeline branches can exist and be handled by it. However, no matter what, it just keeps exploding because in the end, you can’t scale for the infinite.
Stuck over what it is that he should do, Loki goes back to the time theater and has another character-defining convo.
There is no comfort in life, you just choose your burden. This really flips Loki’s perspective on its head and makes him realize the burden he thought would be a glorious purpose isn’t exactly that. Burden is of course something that he must carry, whereas in the past, he believed himself above all so he was the one who was right to lead their pointless lives.
Throughout the Season, there’s been the constant talk of getting rid of the TVA and replacing it with something better, which in many ways, this ending signifies. Rather than the TVA, though, he destroys the loom and replaces it with himself to hold the multiverse in place. Huge shoutouts to Canadian Lad for pointing out what’s going on here, and it’s important to point this out to see why Loki-who remain.
Grabbing a branch, we can see that this heals it, whereas when he lets it go, this withers and dies. Thus he has to hold onto all of them that he can to keep them in place and teeming with life.
WHY THE ENDING OF ‘LOKI’ SEASON 2 WAS PERFECT
Opening a portal to the end of time, we then see him ascend to the throne with his cape turning to branches itself. At this point, he sits and creates a new sacred timeline that represents Yggdrasil throughout time and space.
This is a tree that comes from Norse mythology and it was dotted throughout phase 1 of the MCU. Appearing in Captain America: The First Avenger, it was in a mural of it that the fake tesseract was hidden. Loki would, of course, end up getting the tesseract in The Avengers, showing that it’s all connected.
The tesseract is what allowed him to then escape his fate in The Avengers, and this is what then led to the TVA where he’d eventually create the tree.
Everything loops together perfectly and in the end, we see him sacrificing it all to take his seat on the throne.
Now one of the big criticisms about season 2 I’ve seen is that season 1 was very much set up as a love story. This centered around Loki’s self-love who, in the form of Sylvie, seemed like the pair were going to come together and fix the problems in each other.
They’ve said that love story was cast to the side for season 2, which I think is a fair point.
However, what Loki is doing here is still in the name of love, and it’s actually above a simple hook-up with himself…from another universe.
The man is giving up his entire life to protect the people he loves and cares about. He has now doomed himself to an eternity of servitude, but it’s helping everyone, so he sees it as a worthy burden.
I really thought that in order to save things he’d have to save Sylvie, but this curveball is way more heroic.
Now, Rob from Comics Explained has done a brilliant video talking about how the character is more in line with Atlas from the comics. In my breakdowns, I’ve theorized he’s a mix between the god of stories and Doctor Doom, but I think that Rob probably has it spot on.
Atlas is someone who’s been charged with guarding the multiverse, and he can revive and protect timelines as he deems fit. Now the name Atlas, of course, comes from Greek myths, and he was punished and forced to hold the world up on his shoulders.
This was something that kept everyone on the planet alive, and the name also applies to Loki’s role here as well.
In the end, he’s someone who has gone from a self-centered, spoiled brat who’s desperate to lead, that didn’t understand what it really meant to rule. Now, he’s someone who understands the burden but also sees the glorious purpose that’s within this.
To him, it’s now an honor to protect the timelines, and one that he feels strong enough to do. Man has gone from selfish to selfless, giving up it all to protect everything and everyone.
It’s the perfect culmination of the character’s journey, and it shows how good Marvel can take their stories when given the time. I used to think that Tony Stark had the best arc, but seeing this now, I’ve changed my mind. Loki is someone who, when introduced in Thor, seemed like he was a solid but not amazing villain. Since then, though, both Tom Hiddleston and the studio have taken him on an incredible journey throughout the saga. I think by far, he’s now one of the best villains in comic book movies, and this show just encapsulates why he’s so good. In the end, I hope you’ve enjoyed this breakdown, and I’d, of course, love to hear all your thoughts as well.
Also, let me know your theories on if you think Luis from Ant-Man is now going to become the god of stories.
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