Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for “Loki” Episode 5 — “Journey into Mystery.”

Time is almost up for “Loki.”

The hit Disney+ show — which tells the story of the character Loki, who is trying to take down the Time Variance Authority — premiered its penultimate episode Wednesday morning. The episode brings us one step closer to the end of the show’s run, a saddening feeling for a show that’s given us peak Marvel moments and a worthwhile story to behold.

The latest episode — “Journey Into Mystery” — begins where the previous episode ended, with Loki (Tom Hiddleston) waking up after being vaporized to find four other versions of Loki staring at him. These four Lokis — Old Loki, Kid Loki, a Loki with a hammer and an alligator Loki — guide our Loki through the world they’re in, where all Variants go to die.

And, in the background is a crazy monster named Alioth, who will eat any Variants and send them into nothingness.

From there, we learn that Loki wants to create a plan so he can get back to the Time Variance Authority. Loki is a master of escape, so it’s no question he would want to do the same here. What follows is an episode full of twists, turns, joyous reunions, quick-witted humor and an epic ending that sets us up for the final episode next week.

‘Loki’ gives us a taste of the series finale

A recent trend in television shows has the penultimate episode being the true finale — where all the action takes place, where the storylines meet their climax and where most of the dramatics take place. “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad” were perfect examples of this as high-stake moments happened in the penultimate episode — not the finale. The finale was reserved from tying up the emotional arcs and character development.

“Loki” is a return to the way shows used to be, where the finale is really the climax of everything. It reminded me of the days of “Lost,” where the final episode is set up to have all the answers, the twists, the swerves and more. We ended this last episode on a cliffhanger that makes us crave the series finale. One of the shortcomings of “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is that we knew Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) would become Captain America by the end of the penultimate episode. “WandaVision” and “Loki” both set up their finale to have the biggest revelations. I can’t get enough of that.

The sad truth of ‘Loki’ Episode 5

It hit me pretty hard when the final battles of this episode came to their conclusions and the doors opened for what’s next (that’s a hint for what to expect next week). “Loki” has been a masterpiece. It’s an excellent show that makes us truly care about Loki, Sylvie, Agent Mobius and the entire cast of characters we’ve met along the way. I wasn’t too upset when “WandaVision” ended because I was hoping to find out all the answers about what was happening in that show. The answers did come, but they weren’t what we expected. . “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” wasn’t all too sad either, especially since the show’s conclusion was written in stone from the beginning.

But “Loki” is different. “Loki” has been a magical thrill ride, one that takes you to places you never thought you’d go. It’s layered with Easter eggs, theories, wild speculation and possibilities for the future. There’s so much going on, and I feel like the show only scratched the surface of what it could reveal and uncover. So it’s sad, really, that the show will end next week.

I’m deeply excited for the series finale of “Loki.” I can’t wait for the answers that will come (assuming that they do). But I’m sad we may not see these characters again, and there won’t be more ideas and theories to uncover. It doesn’t look like there will be a second season of the show, at least not yet (Disney and Marvel have a tendancy to surprise us, though). But that’s a clear sign that Marvel has done its job. “Loki” makes you care about more than the story and the speculation. It makes you care about characters, emotions and thematic elements.

It’s hard not to see “Loki” as Marvel at its best and as a beacon of success for the rest of the franchise to follow.