Next Time On… Loki season 1, episode 5 – who has been pruned?
A fair bit happened in the latest episode of Loki, including what seemed very much like Loki being “pruned” out of all existence. In an episode that seemingly offed two major characters (Mobius got pruned a little earlier) there’s a lot to unpack, so let’s try and figure out what might happen next time on Loki season 1, episode 5.
For a proper in-depth recap of everything that happened in “The Nexus Event”, we have you covered. I’m assuming you’ve read that or at least watched the episode. With that in mind, let’s address the major questions:
Is Mobius Dead?!
I doubt it. My working theory is that he stayed behind in the time-loop prison Loki was trapped in and Loki emerged through the portal with one of his illusions impersonating Mobius. To be honest I have no real idea if that’s how the portals work or even if that’s how Loki’s powers work (he can change his own form, obviously, but can he create distinct illusions that can be interacted with and have physical weight?) but I just think it’s a fun idea, okay?
Beyond that, with the post-credits scene finding Loki having woken up in what looks like a ruined NYC stocked with other Variant versions of himself, Mobius could easily be in that same timeline or reality with him.
Is Loki dead?!
No, obviously not. But if he has been “pruned”, which it seems like he has, what does that entail? Does he now exist outside of the Sacred Timeline? The post-credits sequence seems to hint this. Either way, he’s certainly not dead.
Who created the Time-Keepers?
“The Nexus Event” revealed the Time-Keepers to be synthetic androids, basically puppets designed to throw people off the scent of who’s really pulling the strings. But who’s that? Is that even a question the next episode or this series in its entirety will answer, or is it one of the big questions for the wider MCU? Is it Kang the Conqueror?
What does Ravonna know?
With the cliffhanger ending asking some rather direct questions of Ravonna Renslayer, we have to wonder what she actually knows. To me, at least, it seems like she’s probably being coerced by whoever installed the fake Time-Keepers, but there’s a chance she’s even more in-the-know than that, and again there’s always the historical Kang connection.
Loki season 1, episode 5 will air on Disney+ on Wednesday, July 7, at the usual time of 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT/8 a.m. GMT.