The following article contains minor spoilers for Legion Season 2
Noah Hawley's mindbogglingly brilliant FX series Legion will come to an end after the forthcoming third season. Unlike many TV shows, Legion's conclusion isn't a cancellation it's the end of the story. Speaking after the Television Critics Association press tour, Hawley confirmed that the X-Men offshoot will finish on a high...
"I think endings are what give stories meaning. I always thought about this as a complete story, and it felt like three acts of a story. What the show is following is this cycle of mental illness. We met David [Dan Stevens] who had been at his lowest point and tried to kill himself, then he meets Syd [Rachel Keller] and he gets balanced out. He's on his meds. He gets out and everything's going great for a while, and he thinks maybe I don't need these meds. He goes off meds the and spirals down, which is where we find him now. The question now is can he get back to some kind of good place, or is he gone for good? Once we tell that story it feels like we'd be going back to the beginning of the cycle."
Debuting in New Mutants back in 1985, Legion is set within the X-Men universe that tells the mind-melting story of David Haller, a troubled man who has been in and out of psychiatric institutes most of his life. However, David comes to discover that his mental health issues are actually mutant abilities, and David has only scratched the surface of his powers. Part character study, part psychedelic trip, Legion is unlike anything we've seen before, and its uniqueness should be celebrated.
Season three will introduce audiences to David's father; you might have heard of him, he goes by the name of Professor X. Game of Thrones Harry Lloyd will take on the iconic role that has been portrayed by Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy on the big screen. Given Legion's foray into the astral plane, dreams, and trippy style, how Professor X will factor into Legion remains unclear. Speaking to The Wrap, Hawley teased that Xavier's inclusion won't be what you're expecting.
“The movie studio definitely controls that story and those characters and there was a negotiation that had to go on. Going into this third story, that conversation began to be had at the highest levels, because I can’t finish the story unless I can do it. The good thing with ‘Legion’ is that our reality is so detached from the comics — or anything — because it’s David’s subjective experience. The tesseracts in his reality doesn’t really have to linearly tie to anything we’ve seen before."
Legion returns to FX in June.