Note: even though I’ve tried to guard against it this question and likely any answers will contain massive spoilers for Loki Season 1

In Loki Episode 6 of Season 1

He Who Remains states that he has been trying to get Loki and Sylvie to him so they can take over in a very elaborate plot.

What is not clear to me is why not simply bring them to him instead of this elaborate plot. I understood his main motivation was:

He was tired of running the timeline and wanted to be “free” of that burden, but I don’t understand why all the misdirection was required. After all he’s presented as a very powerful being somehow.

Was this ever explained or, assuming the plot comes from the comics, is it explained there?

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    Something something the journey
    – Valorum
    Aug 10, 2021 at 19:24
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    Free will still exists, presumably he needs to know that these particular variants are worthy and have them in the right frame of mind. That’s part of the reason for Miss Minutes’ deal.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Aug 10, 2021 at 19:25
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    Very related and possible duplicate.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Aug 10, 2021 at 19:26
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    This is a duplicate, I agree my question is answered there. Aug 10, 2021 at 19:31