If you were hoping that the second season of FX’s ‘Legion’ would pick up right where the first left off, I’ve got some bad news for you. It looks as if there is going to be a “time jump” when the sophomore season begins and it will completely shake up the narrative of the story, hopefully in a good way.
The news snuck out from this year’s Television Critics Association press tour when the show’s creator and showrunner Noah Hawley (‘Fargo’) chimed in on the direction of the series. The second season is going to take place a year after the Season 1 finale:
“It’s a couple of things. 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. I was interested this year in looking at a mass psychology. Mental illness can also be cultural in a way so those issues were interesting to me. We’re also exploring with Dan, he’s on a journey here in which in the language of this world, you have heroes and villains. It’s not determined yet where he’s going to end up. A lot of that’s going to have to do with what’s holding him on the good path, this love story with Rachel and his experience with Farouk. That’s really interesting to explore I hope.”
We already know that The Shadow King will be around to torment David once more. However, this isn’t the reason for the time jump:
“I didn’t want to go in Season Two with it’s all clarity all the time, so we built in a time jump. We can muddy the waters again. I think that’s the fun of the show, the mystery of trying to figure things out.”
It sounds like Hawley has some solid plans for keeping ‘Legion’ fresh while finding a way to continue exploring the same areas which fans enjoyed from the first outing. I’m not usually a fan of time jumps but with how things were left off , this is one show where it could be for the best.
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Source: Slash Film