Noah Hawley’s Legion returns for a third and final season on June 24.
The ambitious and trippy superhero drama, based on Marvel Comics’ titular character, will see David (Dan Stevens) attempting to undo some of the damage he caused in season 2, including alienating his friends, falling prey to the trappings of power, and ultimately becoming the villain he was so desperate to defeat.
Legion is the story of David Haller (Stevens), a man who convinced himself he was schizophrenic only to discover that he is the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen. From childhood, David shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next until, in his early 30s, he met and fell in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named Syd Barrett (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking reality that the voices he hears and the visions he sees are actually real. With the help of Syd and a team of specialists who also possess unique and extraordinary gifts – Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris), Kerry Loudermilk (Amber Midthunder) and Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) – David unlocked a deeply suppressed truth: he had been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power. Known as “The Shadow King,” this malevolent creature appeared in the form of David’s friend Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza), but was actually an ancient being named Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban). During an epic showdown, David managed to push Farouk out of his body and gain control of his mind.
In season 2, with Farouk now on the loose, the team formed an unlikely alliance with their former enemy, Clark DeBussy (Hamish Linklater), and his well-funded government organization, Division 3. Unfortunately, the hunt for Farouk reawakened the dark voices in David’s head, and within them, a lust for power, and the finale saw both David, and the audience, adjusting to the uncomfortable truth that David was in fact the show’s true villain.
Season 1, consisting of just 8 episodes, first aired in 2018 to critical acclaim, and was lauded for its bold sense of style, dazzling visuals, and intriguing storyline. However a second inflated season drew mixed reviews, and a smaller audience, with the show slated by some critics for a sense of aimlessness and for sidelining many characters over the course of eleven episodes.
In February 2019 it was announced that a third and final season would premiere in June 2019. Hawley revealed his plan had always been for just 3 seasons.
As the story opens on the final chapter, David now finds himself at odds with everyone he once considered a friend. Enlisting the help of a young mutant named Switch (Lauren Tsai) with a time travel ability, he sets out to repair the great damaged he caused.
The final season of Legion premieres Mon. Jun. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.
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