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Moon Knight episode 4: Moon Knight reveals a major storyline twist at the end

The fourth episode of Moon Knight just aired, and fans are going crazy since it includes an amazing storyline surprise.
Moon Knight episode 4: In a strong outing, Moon Knight reveals a major storyline twist
Moon Knight episode 4 review

Episode four of Moon Knight ended on a cliffhanger – a hippopotamus-sized cliffhanger.

Spoiler Alert

Moon Knight episode four begins up right after episode three, in which Konshu has been imprisoned in stone as a result of his night sky manipulation. As a result, Marc and Steven are left without any powers and are unable to use the Moon Knight costume.

Marc is further frustrated by Steve's refusal to relinquish control of their body, which causes him and Layla issues, primarily because Steven has significantly less adventure experience than Marc. Of fact, episode four is more about the start of our adventure into Marc's thoughts than it is about the literal physical excursion Layla and Steven (and, by necessity, Marc) take.

In the episode's action-packed conclusion, Layla and Steven are pursued by Arthur (Ethan Hawke) and his soldiers in the long-lost tomb of Alexander the Great – which also happens to be the location of Ammit's stone statue, as Alexander was the "voice of Ammit" (like Marc is the fist of Khonshu). Marc is momentarily allowed free by Steven, only to be shot by Arthur and fall dramatically into a pool of water.

Marc is virtually catatonic when he wakes up, confined to a wheelchair in a brilliantly lighted, white room at a mental institution. On the television, a crappy Indiana Jones-style rip-off film is playing, with Steven Grant as the title adventurer hero.

When a fellow nameless patient comes, Marc looks up to realise that it is Layla (or at least, a character played by May Calamawy). There's also Donna, Steven's British Museum employer, and Arthur Harrow, who is very terrible.

He's not Arthur Harrow, though; he's Marc's psychologist, and Marc is in a mental institution, probably for his dissociative personality condition. Marc, who is heavily drugged, looks around the office and notices Arthur wearing sandals (a stark contrast to the broken-glass-in-moccasins look he sports for the rest of the programme), as well as the familiar cane. There are also Egyptian sculptures and a painting of Khonshu himself throughout the premises.

Marc is approached by the doctor with a distant, even bewildered friendliness – possibly pity. He explains to Marc that the high drug dose is due to his destructive behaviour and stubbornness to recognise that he is unwell and requires assistance. Marc manages to flee the office and dashes along the same halls until he breaks into a chamber where he discovers a massive sarcophagus with someone hammering on the lid, pleading to be let out. When Marc opens it, he discovers none other than his alter ego Steven Grant.

The two exchange hugs and promise to assist each other in escaping. But when they open the door to leave to carry out their plan, they're met with, well, an anthropomorphic hippopotamus. While this may appear to be a fabrication of Marc/mind Steven's or possibly a drug-induced hallucination at first, it is Taweret, the Egyptian deity of children and fertility who also serves as a guardian of women and children.

The hospital actually might be a delusion or a deception designed to keep him imprisoned, and Taweret herself could be a part of it. Or some other strange confluence of fact and spirituality.

Marc gets shot and wakes up in a mental institution at the end of the episode. He spends some time there talking to Harrow before fleeing his office. He discovers Steven confined in a tomb, and the two flee together. After the Egyptian god Taweret is unveiled, we go to credits, and both Steven and Marc scream.