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‘Loki’ Director Kate Herron Responds to Russell T. Davies’ Criticism of Bisexual Reveal

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Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety.”

Loki” director Kate Herron says she had a “conversation” with Marvel Studios about returning to direct the Disney+ series’ second season, but she decided it wasn’t for her.

“I was on the show for like three years in total,” she told me Sunday at the “Loki” FYC Emmy event at the Pacific Design Center. “I just felt like I poured everything into it. It’s almost like a campfire story that every filmmaker kind of brings their take and their perspective. I just felt like I gave so much to this. I was like, ‘You know what, I feel like this was my effort for ‘Loki.’ I felt like having someone new and with fresh eyes — that, for me, is what will make a good season.”

Herron recalled one of her first meetings with “Loki” star Tom Hiddleston. They took a walk in a park in New York City. “We had to talk in code because it’s Tom Hiddleston, right?” she said. “There was a runner near us pretending to do warmups for a run, and we were like, ‘This dude is just listening to us.’ So we couldn’t say ‘Loki.’ It was like, ‘Arnold is going into a special building.’”

She also remembers wrap day. “We all went into the office of the Citadel and stood in a circle. Everyone was crying because we couldn’t believe it was over,” Herron said. “Tom did a beautiful speech, and because he’s such a gem, he thanked everyone individually.”

As we know, the series made headlines when Loki revealed he was bisexual by making a comment in Episode 3 that he enjoyed the company of both princesses and princes. That made waves. Prominent British writer-producer Russell T. Davies blasted the reveal as a “ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture” toward telling queer stories. Herron, who identifies as queer, said, “I don’t disagree that there should be bigger stories being told, but — and I think he has a right to his opinion — I’m very proud of what we did in the show. Russell is a hero of mine, but like I’ve said, I hope that we did at least open the door and that more stories will come.”

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