LOKI Star Tom Hiddleston Talks "Wash Of Relief" After Shooting Emotional Season 2 Finale

LOKI Star Tom Hiddleston Talks "Wash Of Relief" After Shooting Emotional Season 2 Finale

Loki star Tom Hiddleston has talked more about saying goodbye to the God of Mischief in the show's season 2 finale and elaborates on the character's final line. Find his comments in full after the jump...

By JoshWilding - Jun 13, 2024 04:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Loki

Tom Hiddleston has been playing the MCU's God of Mischief since 2011's Thor. Over a decade on, the British actor seemingly bid farewell to the role in Loki season 2 when the trickster fully redeemed himself by taking a seat at the centre of the Multiverse as a "battery," of sorts. 

The Asgardian now powers countless realities, and even though we expect Loki to return in an upcoming Avengers movie, Hiddleston had admitted that saying goodbye to the character was a cathartic experience.

"I just felt this wash of relief because it had been a very meaningful experience. That sense of...the exhale." he says in the video below, "It’s changed the whole course of my life, no question."

"Our brilliant directors found me and said, 'What do you think you might want to say?'" Hiddleston notes, once again elaborating on the meaning behind Loki's final line. "I remember at the end of Thor, the last thing he says is, 'I could have done it, Father - for you. For all of us.'"

"It’s full of need, desperation, yearning for acceptance, and misguided intention. It’s full of his own broken heart. I thought, 'I wonder if I should say that again?' But it has a completely different meaning, which is full of love, sacrifice, selflessness, and generosity."

"I just felt this wash of relief because it had been a very meaningful experience," he concludes. 

As for what the way Loki's story ended means for him Hiddleston adds, "In his last moment, he gets agency. He gets to decide what his life has represented up until this point. His final utterance is one of profound love and generosity. That the journey of a thousand miles has led us here. It was very satisfying and moving for me too, because it’s been such a long journey."

"I always saw Loki as a broken soul with a shattered heart, deeply damaged by the fact that he was unwanted. He’s mischievous and playful on the surface, but it’s masking all this pain. What I’ve loved about this series is tracing my way back to that vulnerable soul and healing that damage. Showing that pain can be transformed into courage and strength."

With Incursions destroying realities and a Multiversal War looming, Loki is bound to be freed eventually and will likely be key in helping save the day in Avengers: Secret Wars. However, we have to imagine that will serve as his final send-off. 

Marvel Studios is thought to be developing Thor 5, of course, so it's possible that movie will reunite the God of Thunder and his formerly villainous brother for another team-up.

Watch the full interview with Hiddleston below.

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Doomsday8888 - 6/13/2024, 5:03 AM
They climax they've reached is hella interesting but i dunno if they will manage to properly use such a status quo in a meaningful and useful way.

I guess time will tell, like it always does.
LSHF - 6/13/2024, 5:08 AM
But he "was" wanted (by his adoptive father, Odin). He just copped a seriously bad attitude.

My oldest brother did the same thing when he was told one of his parents were not his biologically. He copped a really bad attitude instead of seeing the obvious good in the situation.

Oh, well. I'm glad he got his shit together by the end of season 2. It was an excellent arc.
TheVisionary25 - 6/13/2024, 6:46 AM
@LSHF - yeah , he felt he was unwanted but that wasn’t the reality of the situation
Apophis71 - 6/13/2024, 9:12 AM
@LSHF - True, but then commonly reflected in the real world with younger sibblings, half sibblings and adopted one (without the obvious godlike powers aspects ofcourse).

Odin wasn't exactly the best Dad in history to ensure his kids felt loved and wanted, even Thor had Daddy issues in differing ways and more connection with his mother as a result.

Tom's acting abilities hugely ellevated the material obviously, but I can get why the arc of the character resonates with many so well.
RolandD - 6/13/2024, 10:00 AM
@LSHF - I have a daughter by birth and an adopted daughter. She always knew she was adopted at least as soon as soon as she could understand the concept because she is of Chinese origin and neither my ex nor I are. I don’t think of her as my “adopted “ daughter nor do I believe my ex does. She is just our daughter, just like her sister. Never the less, she obviously has some insecurities about it. She encourages us to call her our favorite daughter for one . I do absolutely believe that she knows that we love her but she must deal with feelings and thoughts of rejection around her mother (and possibly her father. There’s no way to know whether he knew that he had a daughter or not) leaving her for her to be taken in by an orphanage. It’s complicated.
LSHF - 6/14/2024, 8:51 AM
@RolandD - Thank you for sharing that. I can't possibly imagine what it would be like (and I'm guessing it varies some, person to person), but I'm glad she has loving parents who are honest with her.
KennKathleen - 6/13/2024, 5:08 AM
OT: ?si=LtUJ82nNBBBBTFj7

Origame - 6/13/2024, 6:01 AM
@KennKathleen - I heard. Rip
MadThanos - 6/13/2024, 5:11 AM
I think this guy and Charlie Cox are the best trained actors the MCU has. Loki only did so well as character because of him.

Instead of a blockbuster he’s just playing this character as in a broadway play.
FireandBlood - 6/13/2024, 7:01 AM
@MadThanos - They both definitely elevated the material but for the most part they’ve been lucky to get some great stuff to work with, even if the project they were in were mid (looking @ you Thor 2 and Defenders).
campblood - 6/13/2024, 7:35 AM
@MadThanos - he really did make the show. He was the literal charm of the show.
RolandD - 6/13/2024, 10:03 AM
@MadThanos - The only argument I have with you is that your list is too short at least in terms of elevating the material. Vincent D comes to mind immediately.
IAmAHoot - 6/13/2024, 7:55 AM
I wish he was still allowed to do his incredible impersonations!

(2:10 - watch about 20 seconds)

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