Secret Invasion Episode 4: Talos' Fate, Explained

SPOILER WARNING: The following paragraphs contain spoilers for Secret Invasion Episode 4, "Beloved." In a shocking turn of events, Secret Invasion saw the demise of two long-time allies of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). First, Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) was ruthlessly shot and killed by the infiltrating Skrulls. Then, Gravik (Kingsley Ben-Adir), the Skrull insurgent, seemingly executed the Skrull mole G'iah (Emilia Clarke), who cleverly faked her death and utilized the regenerative Extremis nanotechnology to heal her gunshot wound.

In the latest episode, titled "Beloved," another character faced their apparent demise at the hands of Gravik. While President Ritson (Dermot Mulroney) was en route to a crucial negotiation with Russia, Gravik's Skrull Resistance, disguised as Russians, attacked the presidential convoy. Fury and the shape-shifting Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) tried to intercept and protect Ritson, but Gravik's loyal ally, Pagon (Killian Scott), shot Talos as he bravely attempted to save the president from the heavily fortified vehicle. Severely wounded, Talos reverted to his Skrull form, almost falling victim to friendly fire as a soldier mistook him for the enemy.

In a desperate act, Talos summoned his last ounce of strength to free President Ritson, while Fury was forced to leave him behind in order to extract the president from the danger zone. Tragically, Episode 4 concluded with Gravik, wielding the power of Extremis, fatally stabbing Talos before Fury could rescue him.

This marks a devastating end for Talos, who had planned to thwart Gravik's insurgency, save the world, and utilize that leverage to secure amnesty for the one million Skrull refugees hiding on Earth. "G'iah, we are a people without a planet. We rely on the goodwill of our hosts. We must continue to demonstrate who we are," Talos expressed to his daughter. "We contribute and show them our hearts. Eventually, they will recognize us."

Believing him to be "delusional," G'iah walked away from her father with the words: "That's not who we are. And that is not who I've become."

To quote the poet Raymond Carver's "Late Fragment": 

"And did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?"

"I did."

"And what did you want?"

"To call myself beloved, to feel myself beloved on the earth."

New episodes of Secret Invasion, the thrilling Marvel series, premiere on Disney+ every Wednesday.

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