Warning – This article contains spoilers for the finale of Loki Season 2.
Loki’s Season 2 finale found the God of Mischief wrestling with the decision to kill Sylvie and spare He Who Remains in order to save the Sacred Timeline.
In the end, Loki sacrificed what he wanted, which was to stay with his friends, by taking He Who Remains’ place.
In doing so, Loki Odinson not only freed the Multiverse but also saved its dying branches by forming them into a tree in the shape of Yggdrasil.
Yggdrasil is the name for the World’s Tree, an Asgardian concept where each root or branch represents one of the Nine Realms.
Thor defines the Yggdrasil to Jane Foster in 2011’s Thor, saying, “Your world is one of the Nine Realms of the cosmos, linked to each other by the branches of Yggdrasil, the World’s Tree.”
The Yggdrasil was also referenced in Captain America: The First Avenger via a wall carving and behind which the Tesseract was kept until it was taken by Johann Schmidt (aka Red Skull).
What Loki’s Thor Connection Means for the Multiverse?
The Asgardian Yggdrasil is far from Loki’s only reference to the God of Thunder.
In addition to Chris Hemsworth’s Throg in Loki Season 1, Season 2 included statues of Thor, Odin, and Balder the Brave.
But what’s particularly poetic about the finale’s Thor callback is 2011’s Thor is where Tom Hiddleston’s Loki made his MCU debut. In reinforcing the theme of circles, loops, and completion, the finale’s title happens to be the same title as Episode 1 of Loki’s first season.
As for Loki’s sacrificial solution, timelines existing as a Yggdrasil suggest the Multiverse may be sustainable, even though the presence of Kang Variants remains a serious threat.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how Loki’s Yggdrasil is impacted by Kangs, Incursions, and more, and whether this finale’s Thor connection means fans are one step closer to the two brothers eventually reuniting.