While the writing was already on the wall for who the real big bad of Loki is, June 23’s ‘Lamentis’ brought fans one step closer to revealing the man/men behind the curtain. Alongside questions about what’s going on with the mysterious Time Keepers and whether there’s more to Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s Ravonna Renslayer, the latest episode just blew the theories wide open with a massive Time Variance Authority Twist.
Although Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie was originally pitched as a villain, it looks like the show is going down the whole antihero route just like Tom Hiddleston’s titular God of Mischief. Why Sylvie is out to topple the TVA still remains a mystery, however, the shady organisation’s motives were called into question with the reveal that its workers are actually mind-fogged variants themselves.
A highlight of the series has been Owen Wilson’s Agent Mobius, and although ‘Lamentis’ was missing the jet ski-loving Josta drinker, his own dark backstory has been teased. During the episode, Sylvie confirmed she’d struggled to break into the mind of Sasha Lane’s Hunter C-20. Leaving Loki’s jaw on the floor, Sylvie explained the TVA’s employees are in fact all variants themselves.
Tracing the reveal back to episode two, there were a few raised eyebrows when Renslayer asked Mobius to use a coaster. A bewildered Mobius questioned why it mattered if there were already watermarks on the table, and a stern Renslayer snapped that he was the one who put them there.
There are two schools of thought on what the latest variant twist means. Mobius referred to himself as Renslayer’s “favourite agent”, which didn’t prompt much of a response from the TVA’s head judge. Is our version of Mobius just one of multiple Mobii that are on active duty or have been over the years?
The other idea is that Wilson’s Mobius is a variant who has been captured and imprisoned at the TVA. Effectively being a mindless office drone, Mobius, the hunters, and the rest of the TVA’s employees might have been trapped there for millennia and had their minds repeatedly wiped if they remember their old lives.
A popular theory among the show’s fanbase is that Mobius’ original lot in life was as a jet ski salesman in the 90s. This could be on the money with his bizarre love of watersports and nostalgic references to the time period.
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