The following post contains major SPOILERS for the end of Loki Episode 4.

When Loki gets erased from the Sacred Timeline at the end of “The Nexus Event” and awakens somewhere else, it sends the latest Marvel series off in a whole new direction. It also gives us some major clues about what’s been really going on during this show. We thought the TVA was working to protect the “Sacred Timeline” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But now we know the Time-Keepers are literal puppets — and whoever is behind them has been using variants as their personal workforce. And if everyone in the TVA is a variant, that means there’s no way there is just one “Sacred Timeline.” There must really be many timelines, and some that the TVA is told to erase for some unknown reason. That also means whoever is behind the TVA isn’t trying to protect time, and likely is only interested in protecting their own power.

In our latest Loki video, we break down that surprising post-credits scene, figure out where Loki has gone to now, and explain who all those other Lokis are (except the Alligator Loki, that one we’re as confused as you are about). We also speculate who might be behind the TVA and the Time-Keepers, and consider the show’s connection to the Marvel comic book Young Avengers, which has been referenced in every single Marvel Disney+ series so far. Watch all of this and more below:

If you liked this video about the ending of Loki Episode 4 and what it means for the future of the MCU, check out more of our videos below, including all the clues to the TVA’s true nature, where the variants on Loki come from, and one about the nature of free will in Marvel and Loki. Plus, there’s tons more over at ScreenCrush’s YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to catch all our future episodes. New episodes of Loki air weekly on Disney+.

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