The first season of FX’s Legion has come to a close, bringing David’s battle against the Shadow King to a temporary halt. The X-Men legacy character has much bigger problems ahead, judging by the finale’s post-credits abduction and the Shadow King’s new host, so allow Noah Hawley to explain their significance in Season 2.

You’re warned of full spoilers for the first season of Legion from here on out, but even as David freed himself of his mental parasite, the creature’s subsequent possession of Oliver Bird guarantees that both Aubrey Plaza and Jemaine Clement have roles to play in Season 2. Plaza’s status is unknown, but Hawley told Deadline they’re pursuing a larger presence for Clement next year:

I’ve spoken to him and he’s excited to come back and certainly that’s what we’re working on doing. So yeah, he will come back and will definitely play a big part in Season 2.

Legion Post Credits Orb

As for that mysterious orb that scanned and abducted David in the post-credits scene, many have thrown out X-related theories from Mojo to The Shi’ar, while others point to the “Equinox” device mentioned by Division 3, but never explained onscreen. Hawley seemed to separately confirm that reference is related to the orb, but wasn’t too forthcoming otherwise:

It means that Season 2 is beginning. It means that we’ve completed this story and we’re starting a new one. You know, my goal is always that the first season would be about fighting the enemy within and, you know, learning about this entity that was inside of David and about getting it out of David, and Season 2 will be about then the enemy without and this entity now we know is a person.

But for us it’s never a simple straight line between point A and point B, so you know I wanted to complicate it some by having David disappear just at the moment where he’s about to go off in pursuit of the Shadow King. As for who’s behind the orb and who sent it, I think that’s one of the mysteries we want to explore in Season 2.

As for the million-dollar question of whether Season 2 will introduce us to David’s father, known in comics (and hinted during the first season) as Professor Charles Xavier, Hawley suggested they’d take their time preparing that:

It was always my intention to acknowledge who his father was. The question was when we would do it and how, obviously, we would do it. So you know I think in this case we’ve nodded to it and obviously as to any child who was adopted, he’s going to want to figure out who his father and mother were and there will be that journey. […]

I don’t know about Season 2 but I know that there’s that story will need to be addressed at some point in the future. It’s not something that I want to shy away from, but I also want to make sure that when it’s time to tell that story, we can really tell it and not dance around it … I have to consult with [20th Century Fox] about the X-Men characters and which characters they want to protect for the future franchise and which ones are available to me. So, there’s a lot of conversations I haven’t had yet but we’re willing to be had. I’m not stressed out about it. I think we all get along quite well and it’s just going to be a question of how and when.

The ten episodes of Legion Season 2 are expected to target the same premiere window in 2018, also moving production to California, so we’ll likely hear further details before long. In the meantime, what other X-elements might explain that mysterious orb in Season 2?


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