'Loki' Director Kate Herron Addressed the Show's Incest Controversy

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Loki director Kate Herron has addressed the incest controversy surrounding Sylvie.

In the Disney+ show, God of Mischief variant Sylvie and Tom Hiddleston's titular anti-hero embark on something of a romance, intertwined with all the time-bending chaos.

They eventually share a kiss, but this didn't go down so well in some corners of the fanbase.

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"My interpretation of it is that they're both Lokis, but they aren't the same person," Herron told Polygon in response. "I don't see them as being like brother and sister. They have completely different backgrounds and I think that's really important to her character.

"They sort of have the same role in terms of the universe and destiny, but they won't make the same decisions."

Photo credit: Disney - Marvel Studios
Photo credit: Disney - Marvel Studios

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Thematically, the director suggests that Loki falling in love with Sylvie is simply an exploration of "self-love" – in a sense he's learning to understand his own motives.

"[The show is] looking at the self and asking 'What makes us us?' I mean, look at all the Lokis across the show, they're all completely different," explained Herron.

"I think there's something beautiful about his romantic relationship with Sylvie, but they're not interchangeable."

Loki season 1 is streaming exclusively on Disney+. Season 2 has been officially confirmed.

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