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Loki Season 2 Episode 1 Ending Explained: Who Did That Pruning?


Here are the people most likely to have helped the God of Mischief out in the season 2 premiere.

Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2 looks out at the temporal loom
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This article contains spoilers for Loki season 2 episode 1.

For every remaining season 1 question that the Loki season 2 premiere “Ouroboros” has answered – such as where Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) ended up after killing He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) and why Mobius (Owen Wilson) didn’t recognize Loki after he was sent back to the TVA – there are just as many new mysteries left to be solved. While we still don’t know exactly why Loki was stuck slipping through time after his run-in with He Who Remains or how he was able to do so in the TVA, he was able to remedy the situation with the help of Mobius and TVA engineer Ouroboros (Ke Huy Quan).

To do so, Mobius had to extract Loki’s temporal aura directly from the time stream at the same time that Loki “violently” rips himself from “every thread of time and space” aka pruning. According to Ouroboros, this would bring Loki back to the “present” TVA, which already operates outside of normal time and space. The thing is, Loki time slips into the future TVA just as Mobius begins to approach the temporal loom to start the extraction, leaving Loki on his own to find a way to make sure the pruning still happens on time.

Luckily for Mobius and his skin, Loki is pruned just in time, but he’s not the one to do it. As time is running out, Loki sees Sylvie in the nearly abandoned TVA for the first time since she sent him through the portal. But before he can say anything, Loki is pruned from behind and pulled through the temporal aura extractor back to the present. We can’t see anything behind Loki other than the glowing tip of the pruning wand, so that begs the question – Who pruned Loki?

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