The FX series Legion is coming to an end. The network confirmed today at the Television Critics Association that the upcoming third season of the wildly original superhero series will be the show’s last, as has been the plan from the beginning. Legion first launched in 2017 as the highly anticipated new show from Fargo creator/showrunner Noah Hawley, but he put a very distinctive stamp on the adaptation of the Marvel comic.
The series ostensibly stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, a mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia who also happens to be the son of Charles Xavier—aka Professor X. But unlike Gifted or Gotham, Legion is a show that’s far more concerned with bending reality to explore the psychological effects of mental illness than with the explosive effects of superpowers. Indeed, the series is as obtuse as it is ambitious, and it is ambitious.
The first season found David learning to control his powers with the help of a group of mutants. Season 2 found David battling the parasitic mutant the Shadow King after spending a year trapped inside a mysterious orb (I told you this show as weird). That season ended in a very curious fashion, upending the audience’s perception as to who the “good guy” and the “bad guy” ultimately are in this series. That then sets up Legion Season 3, which will bring the story to a conclusive end.
Legion Season 3 is due to premiere this summer, as production was pushed back slightly so that Hawley could go off and direct a movie. It’ll be interesting to see how it all comes together, but whether you like the show or not, this series remains one of the boldest and most exciting programming choices in recent memory. You can’t say FX doesn’t go all-in with talented creators.