Loki director and executive producer, Kate Herron, has revealed that she won’t be returning to direct the second season of the show.
Herron announced this news today in an interview with Deadline, stating that she always planned to do just this single season. She even hinted that a second season for Loki might not have always been in the cards.
“I’m not returning,” Herron said. “I always planned to be just on for this, and to be honest, Season 2 wasn’t in the — that’s something that just came out, and I’m so excited.”
It seems like Herron is saying the decision to create a second season of Loki happened later in the process of making the show. Regardless, she said she’s excited to watch the next season as just a fan.
“I’m proud of what we did here and I’ve given it my all,” Herron said. “I’m working on some other stuff yet to be announced.”
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Unfortunately for MCU fans, the other stuff that has not yet been announced isn’t Marvel-related. Herron told Deadline she’s currently “focused on my own stuff at the moment,” but that she loves Marvel and would love to work with them again.
Perhaps she’s biding her time and seeing what offers pop up now that Loki has seemingly launched her to new heights. Fellow MCU Disney Plus series alumnus Matt Shakman, who directed WandaVision, fielded several offers following his WandaVision success before signing on to direct the next Star Trek movie, after all.
As of yet, there’s no real info on what the second season of Loki could entail and Herron said she isn’t privy to any details. Considering there’s not even a release window for this second season, it’s possible the loose strings left at the end of the Loki Season 1 finale could be tied up in a movie in between now and Season 2. Or, those loose strings might remain loose until said Season 2.
Only time will tell. Regardless, Herron confirmed that the season finale of Loki represents a “major shift” for the MCU. Check out our thoughts on the finale in IGN’s Loki Episode 6 review, and then read our thoughts on the show as a whole in IGN’s Loki Season 1 review.
For more about what to expect in Season 2, check out the latest episode of IGN’s Marvel Cannon Fodder show and then read our breakdown of all the questions left unanswered in Season 1. Read our Loki Season 1 finale explainer after that.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.