Television producer, writer, and director Noah Hawley has recently carved a name for himself as one of the most prolific showrunners in serialized storytelling. The recently wrapped third season of Fargo was recognized for 16 Emmy Award nominations, but his quasi-X-Men series Legion helped ignite a new renaissance for Fox’s mutant-based offerings alongside Logan and Deadpool.
Ahead of the show’s appearance at San Diego Comic-Con next week, Hawley spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the show’s forthcoming second season and even released a page of the script.
After waking up from a coma, Bird was used for his telepathic powers by the villainous Shadow King AKA Amahl Farouk, who has been masquerading as Lenny to placate David Haller, the titular Legion played by Dan Stevens.
“Lenny and Oliver are being used by this character, Amahl Farouk,” Hawley said. “He wears their faces from time to time. It’s his way of hiding himself. I had this thought of, ‘What does Freddy Krueger do during the day?’ I thought it was interesting, the idea of the downtime of these characters. They’re not being used and so what is reality like for them? They’re being placated, that they’re in some place beautiful that may not actually be a physical space, it may be a mental space, like an astral plane. They have everything they need, they’re by the pool, it’s beautiful, but at a certain point, there’s part of them that realizes that they’re just trapped in this reality they don’t have any control over.”
It sounds like Legion will retain the mind-bending trippyness of the first season to great effect. Can Hawley top those excellent eight episodes of television? Based on how Fargo has been over the course of three seasons, we’ll say “yes.”
Legion will return to FX in 2018.
David Haller, a.k.a. Legion, is a haunted man with power beyond comprehension. His power does not come free, but at the steep cost of David's mind. Plagued by numerous split personalities - each commanding a different aspect of his power - David is trying to find his way back to sanity. But he's getting tired and about to give up until he meets the girl of his dreams.
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