Have we seen Loki? Did we finish the series? All six episodes? We’ve had some distance from the finale, so now we can enter spoiler territory. That’s enough warning I think, let’s talk Loki…
As we’ve come to find out, “He Who Remains” (Johnathon Majors) is the man behind the curtain. The Timekeeper. Creator of the TVA. He lays it all out to Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), how it all began and what the future holds, before it crumbles. But something I noticed in my watching the last episode, He Who Remains’ Citadel At The End of Time has a unique feature that I’m surprised no one is talking about. Did you happen to catch it?
Who is aware of kintsugi?…No?…Some of you? Well, for those that don’t know, it’s the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold. It’s built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art. Do you see the parallels?!
As both Loki and Sylvie walk through the Citadel, there seems to be golden cracks throughout the structure. Being the Grand Timekeeper that he is, He Who Remains has seen it all. Corrected it all, as he saw fit. Perhaps, “repaired” what had been broken? He’s said, “Once I isolated our timeline, all I had to do was manage the flow of time and prevent any further branches”. Did you get that? “Any further branches”. Or in this case, “breaks”. He repairs them.
For as old as this version of Kang is (“I’m older than I look”), you can imagine he would need some type of upkeep At The End of Time. Yet, articles will point out the origin of his comic counterpart, some lengthy insight on the fun Tom Hiddleston had playing Loki or some other such nonsense to stay relevant. Not me. Not here.
Bravo to the production designer, Kasra Farahani. At least, I’m assuming it’s their idea. It could be one of a handful of people in the art department that made the choice. Whoever it is, I want them to know / noticed. And now, whoever read this…I guess they now know, too. So, you’re welcome.