Noah Hawley‘s adaptation of the Legion comics for FX (which feels very far from any other comic book adaptations on TV these days) was one of the most visually astonishing series of 2017. But perhaps the most unexpected thing about it was how much it leaned into horror. It wasn’t as oddly bone-chilling as something like Twin Peaks: The Return in its darkest moments, but Legion most definitely had a tinge of terror to it that was as welcomed as it was unexpected. It gave the series another layer of strangeness, but even more so, really got to the emotional heart of what a struggle with mental illness can feel like.
We don’t know much about Legion‘s second season, and that’s a good thing. The show is best served as an experience we have week to week, wherever David Haller’s mind and powers take us on this journey. Fittingly, the two new promos for the series don’t reveal much, except that there are definitely still some horrifying things happening, and a lot of strangeness on top of that. Check out the clips below; Legion stars Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Amber Midthunder, Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, and Jemaine Clement. Season 2 premieres April 3rd on FX.
Here’s the official synopsis of the series, if you’ve forgotten where things left off:
Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, Legion is the story of “David Haller” (Dan Stevens), a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be 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” (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd led David to “Melanie Bird” (Jean Smart), a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists – “Ptonomy” (Jeremie Harris), “Kerry” (Amber Midthunder) and “Cary” (Bill Irwin) – each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they helped David to recognize and harness his hidden powers. With their support, David finally 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” (Aubrey Plaza), but is actually an ancient being named “Amahl Farouk.”
In an epic showdown, David and his friends battled his demon, ultimately forcing it from David’s body. Unfortunately, Farouk found a new host – Melanie’s husband “Oliver Bird” (Jemaine Clement) – and escaped. Just when they thought they’d earned a moment of respite, a mysterious orb appeared and took David away to an unknown place. With David and Oliver missing and Farouk on the loose, the team forms an unlikely alliance with their former enemy “Clark” (Hamish Linklater) and his well-funded government organization, Division III. Meanwhile, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) is on a new path to attaining infinite and world-ending power.