Loki: Easter Eggs And Important Moments In Episode 6, 'For All Time, Always'
The Multiverse is born!
After an action-packed fifth episode, Loki's sixth episode, and first season finale, gave us a few of the answers we've been waiting for, while also raising a lot of new questions. It is now very easy to see why Loki was touted as the Disney Plus series destined to have the greatest impact on the wider MCU.
Here are all the Easter Eggs and important moments from Loki episode six, 'For All Time, Always'.
The episode's major Easter egg came in it's intro. 'For All Time, Always' replaces the now iconic fanfare that usually plays over the Marvel Studios logo with a selection of memorable and beloved quotes from the history of the MCU. These include quotes from early MCU films, such as Captain America's 'I can do this all day!' and Star-Lord's 'Dance off, bro'! right through to more recent entries, such as Captain Marvel's 'Higher, further, faster baby!' and Vision's now beloved 'What is grief, if not love perservering?' line from WandaVision.
All these quotes were likely heard to represent past moments from the MCU that could be altered by branching Timelines.
'He Who Remains' has a deal for Loki and Sylvie
'For All Time. Always.' picks up right where the previous episode, 'Journey Into Mystery' left off, with Loki and Sylvie entering a strange castle, now known as the 'Citadel at the End of Time'. There, they are greeted by Miss Minutes, who informs them that the occupant of the Citadel, and creator of the TVA, 'He-Who-Remains', has a potential deal to offer them.
The deal includes sweeteners such as the opportunity for Loki to win the Battle of New York, and even to kill Thanos. However, at the heart of it is the fact that Loki and Sylvie would have a place, together, on the Sacred Timeline. Loki seems tempted by the offer, but Sylvie is not, perhaps foreshadowing the episode's ending.
Everything was part of the plan
Upon meeting the TVA's creator, 'He-Who-Remains', Sylvie repeatedly attempts to carry out her plans to kill him, only to find herself unable to do so. This is because He-Who-Remains knows everything that is going to happen.
Sylvie's long history of rebellion against the TVA and the Sacred Timeline is not a true 'rebellion' at all. It was all supposed to happen. He-Who-Remains knows everything.. to a point.
After his escape from the Void in episode five, Mobius wastes no time engineering a plan, with the help of B-15, to reveal the truth to his fellow TVA employees, before confronting Renslayer. Mobius makes an emotional plea to his former friend, begging her to help him restore free will, and perhaps rebuild the TVA into something better.
Renslayer rejects his plea, adamant that their work to preserve the Sacred Timeline could not have been for nothing. She incapacitates Mobius and escapes with a Temp Pad, claiming to be going on a search for 'free will'. Considering the character's comic book history, this quest will likely bring her into contact with Kang The Conqueror.
He-Who-Remains is likely a variant of Kang The Conqueror
Meanwhile, back at the Citadel, He-Who-Remains tells his story to Sylvie and Loki. Once upon a time, HWR's variants discovered a way to travel between their universes. At first, this was a good thing, with the variants improving each other's worlds, but eventually, some of the variants proved a little less friendly than others, eventually leading to the Multiversal War.
Eventually, HWR discovered and weaponised the Lieth, using it to erase the other variants and end the war. He then created the TVA to preserve a single Timeline and prevent the evil variants from re-emerging.
While the name is never uttered, comic fans grasped the heavy implication that one or more of HWR's variants is destined to become the time-travelling villain Kang The Conqueror. Of course, this was not at all a surprise for those up on the latest MCU casting news, as HWR's actor, Jonathan Majors, has already been cast as Kang in Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania.
Sylvie betrays Loki
After telling his tale, He-Who-Remains offers Loki and Sylvie two options. Either they take over the TVA and maintain the Sacred Timeline themselves, or kill HWR, allowing the timeline to split and the multiverse to be reborn, potentially resulting in a new Multiversal War.
While Sylvie is eager to simply kill HWR, Loki begs that they consider their options. All Loki wants is for Sylvie to be okay, and fears making things worse. Sylvie kisses Loki, but then uses HWR's Temp Pad to send him, apparently, back to the TVA.
The Multiverse is reborn
After sending Loki away, Sylvie successfully kills HWR. This causes the timeline to begin splitting uncontrollably, the multiverse born anew, and somewhere out there, the evil variants HWR feared.
Some fans have declared that Sylvie has now caused the next decade's worth of major problems in the MCU, and they are probably right.
Loki is in the wrong timeline
At first shaken by Sylvie's betrayal, Loki quickly recovers, searching for help. He manages to track down Mobius, desperately trying to warn him of the disaster that Sylvie may have unleashed, only to realise that Mobius doesn't recognise him. Loki is in a different timeline, one that is openly run by one of HWR's variants.
How will Loki make it out of this mess? We'll have to wait for season two to find out.