WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Episode 5 of Loki.
Loki's penultimate episode delivered an Easter egg-filled adventure, but it was the romantic bond between Tom Hiddleston's God of Mischief and Sophia Di Martino's Sylvie that took the spotlight in the Disney+ series' fifth installment.
The second episode of the show introduced Di Martino's Loki Variant by going up against the titular trickster. Upon playing mind games with each other, the pair accidentally ended up in Lamentis-1, and this is where their friendship developed into an unlikely alliance by being forced to work together in order to survive.
The pair barely made it past their doom on Lamentis-1, and they were saved by the TVA when they held hands to trigger a Nexus event. It remains to be seen how this bond affected the Sacred Timeline, but it eventually led to the moment in which Loki almost confessed his feelings to Sylvie. However, it did not end well since he was erased from existence instead.
After being pruned by Gugu Mbatha-Raw's Ravonna Renslayer in a twist-ending to Episode 4, Hiddleston's Variant was transported into the Void, and this is where he met other versions of himself. Sylvie pruned herself to give Loki some much-needed backup, and the latest episode showcased an intimate discussion between the two Variants.
Now, Di Martino has opened up about what Sylvie really felt during that pivotal moment.
SOPHIA DI MARTINO OPENS UP ABOUT SYLVIE'S FEELINGS
Loki star Sophia Di Martino sat down with Marvel to talk about Sylvie's bond with the God of Mischief in the Disney+ series.
To recap, Episode 4 established the idea that there is something more brewing between the titular trickster and the Lady Variant. Di Martino acknowledged this dynamic, with her comparing the pair to “two teenagers who have never had these feelings before.”
The Marvel actress explained that Sylvie is currently in a "hugely vulnerable position" because of the budding romance between the two characters, admitting that the duo doesn't know "how to put it into words:"
“Obviously, Tom’s a super charming, very easy to fall-in-love-with guy. With Sylvie, I was really aware that she's never had feelings like this about anybody. This is a hugely vulnerable position for her to be in. I really wanted it to be not too easy for her to just sort of go there. It’s that moment where it's so awkward. They just don't know how to put it into words. They don't know how to behave around each other. It's all a bit too intense and a bit much.”
Episode 5 showcased a major development regarding the relationship between the two Asgardians. While inside the Void, Loki and Sylvie tried to discuss what's going on between them, but Di Martino revealed that Sylvie still feels "extremely uncomfortable" about showing her vulnerability to Hiddleston's Variant:
“Sylvie still feels extremely uncomfortable showing that vulnerability and admitting that she likes someone in that way, or that she has feelings for someone in that way. It's something that she's just never been able to do. Never had the opportunity, never met anyone that she's ever liked, let alone cared about. She's got a wall built up. She's not going to just let that down for anybody, and even if she wants to, it's difficult to get rid of.
Di Martino then compared Loki and Sylvie as two individuals who are "really awkward at hugging," but the actress did point out that they are the kind of people that "need a hug the most but kind of just don't know how to do it:"
“You know those people that are really awkward at hugging? I imagine it's almost like that [for Loki and Sylvie]. [The kind of] people that need a hug the most but kind of just don't know how to do it. It's a little bit like that. I just want to hug both of them and say, ‘It's all right, guys. It's all right. Let's have a group hug.’”
THE INTERESTING DYNAMIC OF LOKI AND SYLVIE
Sophia Di Martino's comments suggest that Sylvie is still confused about her feelings towards Tom Hiddleston's Loki, and it's reasonable to assume that this will likely be addressed in the much-anticipated finale of the Disney+ series.
The complex connection between Sylvie and Loki has been hinted at from the moment the characters met in the show's second episode, and many would agree that it has been a bit of a push-and-pull ever since. This was further solidified by the Marvel actress' admission that Sylvie and Loki still don't know how to put their feelings into words.
This makes narrative sense, especially considering that the two Variants are entering a whole new dynamic that they've never experienced before. Sylvie had an emotional journey throughout her lifetime, jumping from one apocalyptic event to the next, which means that her "extremely uncomfortable" feelings towards this romantic ordeal are valid.
The fact that Sylvie is still putting her guard up against falling deeply into Loki is understandable, but it seems that it's only a matter of time before a full-blown confession of feelings will happen. This is mainly due to the idea that the pair will be involved in a dangerous battle against the true leader of the TVA.
It's possible that Sylvie will confess her true feelings to Loki before the final battle, or it could be the other way around. Regardless, Loki appears poised to deliver an emotional finale that will definitely be the main topic of discussion among MCU fans when it's all said and done.
The first five episodes of Loki are now streaming on Disney+.