It’s official: Legion will return for a second season in 2018. We’ll get it locally on Foxtel’s FX in Australia.
In case you’re not familiar, here’s what it’s all about (relatively spoiler-free):
Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalised once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep.
David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller).
Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.
A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and seeks shelter with his sister Amy (Katie Aselton). But Amy’s concern for her brother is trumped by her desire to protect the picture perfect suburban life she’s built for herself.
Eventually, Syd guides David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a nurturing but demanding therapist with a sharp mind and unconventional methods. She and her team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities.
“The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement,” said Eric Schrier, President of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions.
“More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the superhero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”
Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Head of Marvel Television, said the company is “thrilled” at the confirmation of a second season.
“Noah’s spectacular take on David Haller and all the other characters he brought to life makes us ache for more,” Loeb said.
Legion is based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, and tells the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled man “who may be more than human”.
Hawley serves as Executive Producer, along with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, Jim Chory and John Cameron. Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Fargo series.
Legion’s first season managed to nab a Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh score of 93 per cent.