Legion season 2: How will the new season distort reality?


Legion season 2 looks to be just as strange — if not even more so — than the first season of the critically acclaimed Marvel FX series.

While a lot of comic book TV shows remain straightforward and basic — to put it bluntly — Legion succeeded as something completely different. Legion does not bring in the huge ratings that something Flash or Gotham does, but the people who watch Legion are more likely to watch Fargo than a network TV show anyway.

While Legion is based in the X-Men universe, this is as different from something like The Gifted (another X-Men TV show) as Fringe was from Big Bang Theory. With that said, expect Legion season 2 to be more of the same sort of bizarre that showrunner Noah Hawley brought in the first season.

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Back in January, Hawley was talking at the TCA panel about Legion season 2 and said that there would be a time jump between the two seasons. According to Hawley, this was a way to show how things have changed since the first season for David (Dan Stevens).

"“If the first year was the story of an insane man in a sane world, then I was interested in looking at David now being the sane man in an insane world. We’ve established he doesn’t have schizophrenia and he has these abilities. There is this time jump, for him to come back and suddenly the world is a very different place.”"

That isn’t all that is changing either. The Shadow King from the first season will be very different in Legion season 2 — including a gender swap. When asked about this, Stevens said in an interview with Collider that his character would be seeing everything very different than the people around him when he comes out of the orb that entrapped him after the first season.

The time jump is a year. For David, it hasn’t been a year, and that is where reality starts to distort for the character.

"“For everybody else, it’s been a year and a lot has happened in that year. David has had another strange experience. He thought his problems maybe were solved with the expulsion of the Shadow King, but actually, it’s not that simple. So, far less time has passed for David. When we find him, he’s coming to terms with a whole new bend on reality.”"

From the sound of it, expect a lot of confusing but smart writing for Legion season 2, and expect the series to continually challenge viewers as it challenges David and his friends and enemies.

It looks like the previous Legion teasers are accurate in letting us know that things are about to get strange on FX.

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Legion season 2 hits FX on April 3 at 10 p.m. EST. The DVD and Blu-ray for the series goes on sale the week before that to catch up, or you can also catch up by binging the series on Hulu.