On today’s episode of Loki, the characters of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia di Martino) shared a special moment, one that had been hinted at in the previous episode, but not fully explored. And it’s led to a lot of questions from viewers; specifically, one: is Loki in love with Sylvie?
It’s a great question, particularly given two facts: 1) Loki was revealed as canonically queer in last week’s episode, “Lamentis”; and 2) Loki and Sylvie are technically the same person.
But given that their light touching of hands at the beginning of “The Nexus Event” set off the surprising Nexus Event of the episode’s title, it’s worth exploring further… Do Loki and Sylvie like each other? You know, like like? Do they want to kiss each other? Do they want to get married? Do they want to live in a mansion, a house, a shack, or an apartment? And do they want to have a thousand babies together and be sooooo happy together?
Is Loki in love with Sylvie?
At this point, it seems likely that Loki is in love with Sylvie, as Mobius (Owen Wilson) all but calls out while interrogating the former in this week’s episode (if I recall he used the word “swoony”). Loki definitely seems to be making heart eyes over his female Variant, and towards the end of the episode he very awkwardly looks her in the face, hands on shoulders and seems about to confess something, before Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) prunes him from the timeline.
So was Loki about to say “I love you”? or is it possible he was going to say “I respect you,” or some other twist? Because the fact of the matter is, Sylvie is another Loki, and part of the point of the show is that Loki starts in a place where he doesn’t respect himself, or open up to anyone else. Even his brother, Thor, through several movies, has only received half-kind words from the trickster god.
There’s also what we mentioned earlier, that Loki was established as canonically bisexual. Not that one negates the other by any means, but having his first real Marvel Cinematic Universe romantic interest, after over a decade of movies, be a female version of himself is… Actually right on the money, maybe.
For the moment, we have to put an asterisk on this one, though given Loki is alive post-pruning in the episode’s end credits sequence, chances are we’ll loop back to this question by the end of Season 1.
Does Loki like Sylvie? Like, like like her?
Great question. The only person we’ve ever seen Loki really love in any significant way throughout every Thor movie, every Avengers movie, and all of Loki is his mother, Frigga (Rene Russo). That doesn’t necessarily make him incapable of love, per say, but it seems far more likely that Loki is feeling something towards Sylvie, though it may be closer to “like” than “love.” Perhaps he just has a crush for the first time ever, and only knows how to express it by trying to stab her a lot. That tracks.
And in fact, that tracks with what showrunner Michael Waldron told Marvel.com:
“We went back and forth for a little bit about, like do we really want to have this guy fall in love with another version of himself? Is that too crazy?” Waldron said. “But in a series that, to me, is ultimately about self-love, self-reflection, and forgiving yourself, it just felt right that that would be Loki’s first real love story.”
So while Loki might not be head over heels in love with Sylvie yet, that’s definitely the way the story is built. So no, you weren’t imagining things.
Are Loki and Sylvie going to get married and have a thousand babies?
Given all the death and destruction that are continually rained down on the Time Variance Authority, Loki and Sylvie, it would be kind of sweet if they ended the season in a wedding. And technically, since the two of them are near immortal, there’s no reason that over the course of their extraordinary lifetimes, they couldn’t have a thousand — or more! — babies.
The bigger question is, what happens when two of the same person marry each other? I’m no geneticist (I know, big shocker), but I did consult an expert: this MASH game I made. According to it, Loki will:
- Get a job as an architect
- Live in an apartment
- …in Seattle
- Drive a Hyundai
- Have 500 children
So there you have it! The experts have spoken, and sadly, spoiled the end of Loki Season 1. No reason to keep watching, I guess!
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