In this shot, a fellow prisoner is seemingly disintegrated or something. I'm wondering what that was. Was he being killed or was it a portal or something?


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Nope, the consensus is that he's disintegrated. There are many time this is seen.

Among others the BBC confirms

It is in these early scenes – while Loki is being processed through the TVA's Kafkaesque bureaucracy, full of bored office workers sitting amidst drab 1950s-style yellow and brown decor – that the show sucks you into its delightfully absurdist tone and rhythm. A disgruntled jobsworth presents a stack of paper and asks Loki to sign off every word he has ever said. A grinning corporate mascot blasts off all his clothes. A fellow prisoner is disintegrated for not getting a ticket to wait in line.

Post Episode 4

It is now possible that disintegration is NOT the only option since...

Loki (our Loki) is apparently disintegrated but in a post-credit scene wakes up on a post-apocalyptic landscape with 4 other Loki variants.

Episode 5 update

It now seems that everything pruned by the TVA, timelines and variants included, is now dumped into a branched reality "at the end of time".

See LethalCarrot's answer for detailed information.

  • That's odd - I thought he was disintegrated because he didn't have a ticket, not that he wouldn't get one. I'll have to rewatch. Jun 29, 2021 at 13:02
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    "he's disintegrated" I wouldn't be so sure after the events of episode 4
    – sound wave
    Jun 30, 2021 at 15:06
  • It's still unclear exactly what happened in the post credits scene. I may revise based on the next episode.
    – Paulie_D
    Jun 30, 2021 at 16:55
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    A BBC story wouldn't be a definitive answer for this; that'll have been written by someone watching the show with little more insight than we have. Jul 1, 2021 at 15:44
  • General consensus is that disintegration is what is happening. At least until now.
    – Paulie_D
    Jul 1, 2021 at 16:57

This is answered in episode 5:

When variants (or people or things) are pruned by the TVA they are not disintegrated or killed but instead sent to the Void, a place at the end of time where all time simply stops. The same goes for reset branched timelines which is mentioned below:

Ravonna: When we prune a branched reality, it's impossible to destroy all of its matter. So we move it to a place on the timeline where it won't continue growing. Basically, the branched timeline isn't reset. It's transferred.

Sylvie: To where?

Ravonna: A void at the end of time. Where every instance of existence collides at the same point and simply stops.

Loki, Season 1 Episode 5, "Journey Into Mystery"

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