As Loki continues to draw fans to their screens each Wednesday, the trickster god is keeping viewers on their toes by guessing his moves. Heading into season 1 of the Marvel hit, Tom Hiddleston reminded fans that this version of Loki is not the kinder, redeemed fellow who sacrificed himself to Thanos.
He’s discovering things about himself as a Variant and “consultant” for the Time Variance Authority on the job. With a mission revolving around “Lady Loki” or Sylvie, the cat and mouse game has flipped on its tail. Episode 3 placed the anti-hero in a harrowing position, but some fans believe Loki is the one with the upper hand.
[Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers for Loki Season 1 Episode 3, “Lamentis”]
Loki and Sylvie may not be doomed on Lamentis-1
Throughout episode 3, Loki and Sylvie raced through Lamentis to beat the clock on the impending apocalypse. Though their first confrontation happened in episode 2, the two sparred and chatted in Lamentis before committing to an odd truce. Their conversations proved to be very revealing — to their benefit and the audience’s.
Fans learned that Sylvie prefers that chosen name rather than “Loki,” and she’s a self-taught sorcerer. Gifted in possession and mind-bending, she manipulated C-20 through an old memory. She told Loki it’s one of the ways she uses the power of illusion, and that some minds are harder to infiltrate than others. Sylvie unsuccessfully tried to invade Loki’s mind.
As the episode came to end, the duo’s quest to board the Ark failed. With the planet’s death looming over them, it feels hopeless (unless Mobius shows up). Sylvie and Loki used magic to get on a train, to avoid deadly energy blasts from the moon, and at one point, Loki stopped a building from landing on them. But what if he went a step further?
Some fans think Loki is inside Sylvie’s head
After Sylvie revealed her mind-altering power to Loki, perhaps he took notes. There are some fans who think he gave her a taste of her own medicine on Lamentis to dig for information or to trap her. He could have created the entire train ride to doom scenario. But when?
Once Sylvia expressed her desire to rest, Loki may have seized the opportunity to tap into her brain. “You relax your way, and I’ll relax mine,” he said. The scene quickly switches, and he’s shown singing and throwing his beer glass when Sylvie wakes up. She says that something feels wrong. Soon after, they’re kicked off the train and head to the chaotic hot zone without the broken TemPad.
On Reddit, one fan wrote, “So just a theory. Sylvie was asleep in the train. What if she didn’t wake up. The things Loki did seemed strange considering the circumstances. And he had more power than he had shown before. Maybe it is just Loki manipulating Sylvie’s dream with magic.”
Another added, “I feel like this whole episode was a trick. I don’t know which is tricking or how, but we’ve got two hedonistic gods of mischief, we can’t take anything at face value.”
Others chimed in and said they thought Loki acted out of character the entire episode. He’s a god whose magic works outside of the TVA, so his physical fights and other heroic acts seemed off. Maybe it’s really all an illusion and Sylvie doesn’t know it.
Other viewers think Loki has a Time Stone
Discarded Time Stones at the TVA looked like candy to Loki, so what if he carried one through the portal to Lamentis? Some viewers feel he used one to put that falling building back into place. “I’ve got it,” he said, with a wave of his arms.
No green glow appeared, so there’s a possibly he hit the rewind button with the Time Stone. Or, he simply could have used his levitation power. Episodes 4 and 5 of Loki are already two of the series’ most anticipated, so viewers will have to wait and see of their theories ring true.