The heartfelt line in question struck a chord with Loki fans (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
Warning: spoilers ahead for Loki.
Marvel series Loki is filled with memorable quotes, from Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief comparing love to a dagger to Richard E Grant’s Classic Loki fulfilling his glorious purpose and Owen Wilson’s Mobius dreaming about jet skis.
However, there is one line from Loki in the episode 6 finale that’s especially heart-wrenching, as it reveals the trickster’s true intentions behind his well-maintained facade.
During a recent conversation with Metro.co.uk, Loki season one director Kate Herron explained that right up until the moment before the scene with that particular line was filmed, it still required a bit of workshopping.
In the final episode of the series when Loki and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) meet He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors), a variant of Kang the Conqueror who has been running the TVA, the pair get into a fight as they disagree over how they should deal with the time-travelling boss.
Sylvie wishes to kill He Who Remains, while Loki encourages her to ponder over the idea of accepting his offer to run the timeless organisation in his place.
Sylvie and Loki reach a crossroads in their relationship (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
This prompts Sylvie to draw the conclusion that Loki’s been after the throne all along, a belief that Loki strongly contests.
‘I’ve been where you are. I’ve felt what you feel. Don’t ask me how I know. All I know is I don’t want to hurt you. I don’t want a throne. I just want you to be okay,’ he responds.
Considering over the past decade, MCU fans have watched Loki trick, prank, weasel, lie and fight his way out of many perilous situations, his decision to wear his heart on his sleeve is one that struck a chord with many viewers.
In addition to being the star of the series, Tom was also an executive producer on Loki and so had a significant impact on various aspects of the story, Kate said.
Recalling how she and Tom went for a ‘very long walk around New York and spoke about what we loved about Loki’ when she first came on board the project, the director outlined how Tom impacted Loki’s dialogue in the show.
He Who Remains watches as Sylvie and Loki lock horns (Picture: Marvel Studios/Disney Plus)
‘Even when we were filming, we were talking about dialogue, so for example that speech he gives Sylvie at the very end, you know, where he says I just want you to be ok, we were rehearsing and workshopping that right up to when we filmed it,’ Kate recollected.
‘That was with Eric Martin who was our writer. I think all of us just wanted to get that moment right and that speech right. Tom, he fed in across lots of stuff.’
Kate said that it was ‘amazing’ to work in the ‘unique situation’ of directing Tom in Loki, as not only is he extremely knowledgeable about his character, but he’s also a collaborative worker.
‘What was so amazing about it and such a unique situation is you’re one, working with an actor that’s played this character for over 10 years so he’s bringing this world of knowledge with him, but also at the same time, he’s very collaborative, and just wanted to tell the best story,’ she said.
‘I think that was the magic recipe really. It was really great to work with him and I really felt like he had my back, which was awesome.’
At the very end of the Loki finale, it was confirmed that the series is returning for a second season.
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While Kate is not returning to help the project, she did add that she would ‘jump’ at the chance to return to the MCU if Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige gave her a call.
Considering Loki star Richard recently expressed interest in a Classic Loki and Alligator Loki spin-off, perhaps he’s manifested Kate’s next Marvel adventure? We’ll just have to wait and see!
Season one of Loki is available to watch on Disney Plus.
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