Showrunner Michael Waldron on Loki as a Love Story
Director Kate Herron on Loki’s Best Match
Is that a spark of cosmic romance I smell or did someone just forget to turn off the gas stove? Loki‘s cooking with bacon grease, everybody. The guy’s getting in touch with his feminine side and it turns out the best match for him might just be his female self, the goddess of mischief, Sylvie (Sophia di Martino). Director Kate Herron agrees:
“Who’s a better match for Loki than himself? The whole show is about identity. It’s about him, and he is on a very different path, and he is on a different journey. He sees things in Sylvie that he is like, ‘Oh, I’ve been there. I know what you feel.’ But she’s like, ‘Well, I don’t feel that way.’ And I think that was the kind of fun thing about it. She is him, but she’s not him. They’ve had such different life experiences. So just from an identity perspective, it was interesting to dig into that.”
Tom Hiddleston on Loki’s Relationship with Himself
At one point in “The Nexus Event,” Loki confesses that he craves attention because he is a narcissist and is scared of being alone. This comes while he’s imprisoned in a time loop where the “Revenge of the Sif,” so to speak, plays out over and over. Jaimie Alexander returns in a literal walk-on (and walk-off, and walk-on again) role and it’s like the “Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain!” scene from Dr. Strange all over again.
Sif tells Loki he deserves to be alone and always will be, but since she’s just a reconstructed memory, he’s essentially talking to himself, telling himself he’s a horrible person. Star Tom Hiddleston elaborates on the character’s self-loathing and connection with Sylvie:
“I don’t think Loki’s relationship with himself has been very healthy. Trying to accept those aspects of himself, which he’s been on the run from, was a way of thinking about that in a really interesting way. Also, Sylvie’s not Loki. Sylvie is Sylvie. That’s interesting, too. I’m really excited to see what people make of it.”
Watch Loki on Disney+ and save yourself some money on books of love advice. That’s my takeaway from all this, and no, I haven’t been brainwashed by a mercenary multinational conglomerate and neither have you. But if you don’t watch the show, you might get pruned from the Sacred Timeline of watercooler discussion.
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