Following Wednesday's satisfying season finale of Legion, creator Noah Hawley offered up his early plans about the show's forthcoming second season on FX.
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Season 2 will likely run for a total of 10 episodes and is being planned to debut next February.
My feeling with the first season, because it’s such a complex show, was that eight hours was the right amount. Now that the show has its identity… we have the opportunity to broaden it a little bit.
The Shadow King will remain as the series Big Bad in season 2 in the form of Oliver.
Now we're taking something that has so much power over him emotionally and psychologically and making it an exterior agent. There's going to be something very complicated about going to war with yourself.
It's like a phantom limb now, it's a part of him. That really complicates emotionally and morally and personally this fight, which is always more interesting. We've now created a villain for David that is worthy of building a whole story around. The backstory of this thing and their history and their relationship is now so nuanced and rich, it makes for a potential showdown that we're really invested in as an audience as opposed to doing a villain of the year kind of approach. I don't know how long that story will sustain or the permutations of it, but I do think it's a really fascinating set up to follow.
Addressing Professor X's presence in the series, Hawley teases that David's quest to find his parents will continue.
Any person who learns that they were adopted is going to have those questions and want to seek out those birth parents. I think that's a very natural story.
Certainly where we left David at the end of the first year, that can't be his first priority, but in terms of coming to understand who he is and what his purpose is on this world? I think that that's definitely something we're going to approach. And then it's a creative conversation, but also a sort of corporate conversation on some level, in terms of the movie studio and their relationship to the X-Men and the characters they want in the movies and want to protect potentially. Were we to want to have Professor X on the show, or even Patrick Stewart on the show, or even James McAvoy, or one of the actors — it's a conversation both with the actor and with the studio. I don't know. I haven't really dived into that quandary yet. But I certainly need to start thinking about it.
As for returning characters, viewers can expect to see Jemaine Clement and Aubrey Plaza getting more screentime in season 2.
It creates such an exciting possibility in terms of storytelling, and just the energy of the show.
Certainly it's unfortunate for Jemaine that he's stuck with this thing inside of him. It does make him a rather critical to our story, and I've spoken to Jemaine and he's excited to come back. I think we'll see a lot of him going forward, which makes me very happy.
Season 2 will be filmed in Los Angeles.
I'm excited to try to look at Southern California in a way that we haven't really looked at it before and try to use what we have, not to ground it in our present day reality but to try to tell stories both urban and rural and in the astral plane as it were that continue to look like nothing else.
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