Taika Waititi Says His Original Scenes For Odin In Thor: Ragnarok Were Too Sad

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Warning: This article contains spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok.

Thor: Ragnarok might be big on laughs, but Taika Waititi's space buddy movie also has its emotional scenes, the most notable of which might arguably be the fate of Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins). It was heartbreaking to see the All-Father turn into golden dust in front of his sons in the film, however, Waititi had originally planned a more painful scene for Odin.


Sitting down for an interview with Empire, the Marvel director admitted that he had actually intended to have Loki and Thor find their father living off the streets of New York, and then dying there. However, Waititi decided to change the location of Odin's death to buffer the tears that would drop out of fans eyes after seeing Odin in such a derelict state.

"What we wanted originally was for Thor and Loki to find Odin in New York, living on the streets, Fisher King style… There was something really cool and interesting about that, and I think that might be on the DVD, that version. But something about having him there and then dying made a lot of audiences in our test screenings feel too sorry for him. It was such a bummer seeing the great king of Asgard stuck in New York. We preferred the idea he'd be in some mystical Norse environment."

Of course, Waitit was right. It's more painful thinking about Odin dying on the street than Odin dying in a beautiful field in Norway. Wonder how hard it's going to hurt watching the scene in Thor: Ragnarok's home release.

Thor: Ragnarok is currently screening in cinemas.

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