So what do you think Loki's plan was for when Thor got back? If Thor had let Skurge properly announce him? I'm thinking changing and putting the play away.
I wonder if the plan wasn’t just “cancel the play and run for the hills.” Like…I figure Skurge was supposed to warn Loki that Thor was coming, and Loki knows Thor would probably wise up pretty fast based on how well he knows both Odin and Loki. and he probably figures there’s no way his going “oh hey! I’m alive and also I took over Asgard and sent Odin to Earth, haha surprise” would go over well.
like, there’s really not an explanation for that one where Loki comes out looking good.
but I do have to wonder, because he does try initially to play it off - but then, that’s possibly because he has to at least try. and he did manage to do a pretty convincing Odin at the end of The Dark World, so maybe with a little time to prepare he’d be able to pull it off better.
on the other hand, I can definitely see Loki just bolting because “HAHAHAHA NOPE SCREW THIS”