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Loki with two drinks

The third episode of Loki’s solo adventure is worthy of celebration.

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Episode 3 of landed on Wednesday, revealing where the God of Mischief ended up after ditching the and followingย  through a time portal. The show occurs after in .

Lady Loki (British actor ) bombed the Sacred Timeline with stolen TVA reset charges, seemingly creating countless branches and undoing the timeline cops’ work. She told her male counterpart () her plot wasn’t about him, which probably intrigued him enough to abandon his TVA pal Mobius () by following her.

Not that Mobius will have much time to get bored — the agency went into high alert as a result of Lady Loki’s attack.

Let’s follow a new branch into a spoiler-filled timeline, for Lamentis.


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Don’t call her Loki

The female Loki Variant snaps at her male counterpart for calling her Loki, having apparently left that identity behind. She prefers “Sylvie,” which certainly makes it easier to differentiate between them. It also seems like a reference to comics character Sylvie Lushton, who became the after Loki gave her powers.

Her years-in-the-making plan to reach the Time-Keepers is interrupted by Loki, and he teleports them to the moon Lamentis-1 in 2077 — one of the apocalypses Sylvie had preprogrammed into her time-hopping TemPad so she could evade the TVA.

We don’t learn much about Sylvie here, but she apparently stepped off the Sacred Timeline quite early in life and clearly had a different experience to Loki. It seems like she wasn’t adopted by Odin at all, so she didn’t have the same bond with Loki’s adoptive mother Frigga. She also learned of in a different way.

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, though, based on her question about Loki’s romances: “Must’ve been some would-be princesses or perhaps another prince?” “A bit of both. I suspect the same as you.”ย 

Director revealed that ย was one of her objectives when she got involved with the show.

“From the moment I joined @LokiOfficial it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual,” she wrote in a tweet. “It is a part of who he is and who I am too. I know this is a small step but I’m happy, and heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon in #mcu.”

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TVA truths

Sylvie reveals that the TVA workers are all Variants, but they don’t know it. It makes sense that the Time-Keepers would recruit people who’ve stepped off the Sacred Timeline, but they apparently wipe the Variants’ memories to some degree.

However, it seems like fragments of their past lives remain. When Sylvie enchanted Hunter C-20 (), she used the TVA worker’s love of margaritas to manipulate her into giving up the Time-Keepers’ location. Mobius’ and reference to the early ’90s is likely a remnant of his old self too. Maybe he jet skied off the Sacred Timeline and into the TVA’s clutches then.

How will the TVA people react to this? I suspect it’ll vary, but hopefully Mobius at least will rebel against the Time-Keepers and help end their tyranny.

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We get a glimpse of Hunter C-20’s old life as Sylvie toys with her mind.

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Trapped in an apocalypse

The episode ends with Sylvie and trail maintenance tools drawing Loki apparently stuck. In 2077, the moon Lamentis-1 is about to be wiped out by a falling planet and the ark they’d planned to hijack and escape on has been destroyed. So they’re doomed?

Their original plan was to recharge the TemPad and jump to a different point in time, but the device was broken when Loki was thrown off the train. Or was it? Given his penchant for trickery, it’s possible the TemPad is still functioning or at least fixable. Mobius could also track them down, he seems like a last-minute save kinda guy.