See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, April 17 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller (Dan Stevens) had his first face-to-face — in an astral plane manner — conversation with the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban), and learned the importance of a certain monk. On top of that, David learned more from Syd’s future self about why it was important to help Farouk, while he also shared the truth about these encounters with the present day Syd (Rachel Keller).

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 11,” the story continues, as David navigates the maze. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, “Legion” – “Chapter 11” airs Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read what Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder told Marvel.com about Cary and Kerry’s evolving dynamic.

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The 'Legion' stars on how things are changing for the two mutants and their unique dynamic.

One of the fascinating character dynamics on “Legion” — airing Tuesday nights on FX — is Cary (Bill Irwin) and Kerry (Amber Midthunder) Loudermilk, two mutants who co-exist within Cary’s body, with Kerry only physically appearing when needed.

Recently on the series though, things have been changing for them, including a crisis in last week’s episode that found Cary instead be absorbed within Kerry, which resulted in a notable change in appearance for Kerry when it came to her hair. Meanwhile, larger questions about what happens to them down the line — especially considering Cary is physically much older than Kerry — continue to be raised.

During a visit to the set of “Legion,” Irwin and Midthunder spoke to Marvel.com about the new season and the unique challenges their characters face.

Discussing the duo, Irwin said, “They’re ever evolving and it’s really interesting. In Season 2, things have happened between these two characters that inhabit one body so that we’re forever feeling out our duality. But as the same time, we as a storytelling group, this production, we’re going back and looking at this proposition and getting a second chance to take it on. Last year, as with all first seasons, we hit the ground running. Amber and I were merged. Now we’re figuring out what that means for us as characters and for us as storytellers and how the rest of the set of characters take that on.”

Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk in “Legion”

As far as what just occurred on “Legion,” Irwin added, “There are some complications when I look at my other half, who is in real life 40 years younger, in the episode which we just completed, and she has a couple of gray hairs.”

Said Midthunder, “I think before Season 1, the two of them had their life where they each played roles in their unit. If the two of them are one piece, they each had their territories that they covered in life and they could do that. And then David came in and it continued, but it really forced them to look at themselves and called into question – are they two people who are dependent on each other? Is it okay? Or are they truly unhealthy? Are they codependent and it’s a problem? I think it called into question a lot of things about their relationship and their living situation that now can’t be ignored.”

Midthunder noted that for Kerry, when it came to these issues, “I think if it were up to her, she’d ignore it. She’d be like ‘It’s fine, I’m happy with the way things are! I have this, I have you, we’re okay.’ But he knows that you can’t just live like that forever. Some hard unknowns have been called into question that they have to figure out the truth to. Like he had that moment last season of ‘I wonder what happens to her when I die?’ They have to figure that out. You can’t ignore that anymore. It’s like being in high school where you’re like ‘real life is never gonna happen’ and the years go by and then you’re like ‘Oh, I actually have to become an adult? I have to be independent? I have to do life by myself?’ I think that’s sort of what she’s dealing with. She’s like ‘No, we’ll just coast.’ And he’s like ‘No, we have to figure this out.’ I think it’s about her learning to be independent and how she views that and what that means to her because it’s more a question of the stability of their relationship in her eyes. The more independent she is, the more she views it as distance between the two of them. When you don’t know anything else and you rely so much on someone and they feed your soul, you don’t want them to be distant from you. So, I think that’s really where she’s at.”

Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk in “Legion”

In Season 2 of “Legion,” the action has shifted from Summerland to Division 3, and Irwin noted that for scientist Cary, “He does have slightly greater resources perhaps. And of course the group of mutants doesn’t have to expend quite so much energy hiding from D3. I love the texture and I hope to get to sit down and talk to Noah [Hawley] about this but it seems to me that those of us who created the Summerland environment in which the story took place last season, there must be some undercurrents of ‘Oh, that’s how they do it at D3.’”

Kerry in the meantime is a fighter, and Midthunder said that when it came to filming her action scenes, “It’s always a challenge. but I have a lot of fun with it. It’s definitely something I look forward to. Travis Wong is our fight choreographer, Mike Gaines is our stunt coordinator, and they’re both really amazing. We work really well together. They’ve been great about teaching me things and really balancing [it all]. On a show like this it’s not just like ‘A fight is a fight.’ We have to do the narrative also and do the internal and show the internal physically. So that’s been a lot of fun to unravel that and figure out who she is and how to show it – because Kerry is not a person who is very emotionally aware of herself. So she would take her feelings out without understanding them. But she would take them out physically, so how do we transfer that? As an actor, I understand how she’s feeling. How do we show that through her way of showing it? So that’s been a lot of fun.”

New episodes of “Legion” air Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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Check out a preview for a new episode airing tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

“Legion” kicked off Season 2 last week with a big, mind-bending premiere that found David Haller (Dan Stevens) returning after a year away, only to discover a lot had changed in his absence. On top of that, by the end of the episode, David was also recalling some of what had occurred for him while he was gone, including a message from Syd (Rachel Keller) that had major ramifications for the future.

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 10,” the story continues, as David meets his oldest enemy. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, “Legion” – “Chapter 10” airs Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read our new interviews with Aubrey Plaza and Rachel Keller!

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The 'Legion' star on how things are different for her character in Season 2.

“Legion” returned this past week for Season 2, and things are as wild as ever. It’s a year later for the characters on the show – well, most of them at least, since David Haller (Dan Stevens) feels like virtually no time has passed since he was abducted at the end of Season 1 in front of Syd (Rachel Keller).

On a visit to the set of “Legion,” Marvel.com sat down with Rachel Keller to find out how Syd is processing everything that’s happening around her, from her new location at Division Three, to David’s return, to the benefits of sometimes using her mutant power to change places with a cat…

Marvel.com: David’s back but a lot is different for Syd. What can you say about where her head’s at?

Rachel Keller: For her it’s been a year, but for David it’s been like twenty minutes. So for her, there’s been some deep exploration and maturation that’s happened in her abilities. She’s been practicing and honing who she is and what she can do. I think she’s sunk deeper into who she is. It’s like anything… When we learn something about ourselves it can be new and confusing, but the deeper you get into it you can start to accept and acknowledge and maybe even thrive in that thing that is you. She’s in that place. I’ve been really enjoying exploring the relationship between the two of us where I’m in one place and you’re in the other place and I still really love you, but where are you? Because here I am a year later and you haven’t grown. How’s that going to work with me with where I am right now?

Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett in “Legion”

Marvel.com: Everyone is now working with Division Three. Do you think she’s found a new niche while he’s been gone?

Rachel Keller: I think you could say that. She tends to be the sponge that listens and sucks things in. Her ability is to swap places with someone, so she has her pet cat this year and she spends a lot of time walking the corridors as the cat and soaking up all the juicy secrets and details and is very aware of everything going on. And I find her to be kind of resilient and consistently searching for what she can do to help. I think she really wants to be of service to getting David better and deepening the exploration of all these people with all these different abilities.

Marvel.com: I imagine Syd swapping with that cat is giving you some interesting things to play?

Rachel Keller: Oh, yeah! It’s like an animal project. It’s been fascinating.

Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett in “Legion”

Marvel.com: What is her relationship dynamic like with Melanie at this point?

Rachel Keller: Well, Melanie is in a really new place too, in a more reserved way – less of the leader. So I think that as the kind of female energy that’s present for her… Melanie last year took on a lot of those masculine traits of pragmatic, logical, rational leadership skills and behaviors. And because that’s dwindled this year, because of what she’s been going through, I think Syd, in a way, is trying to keep the group together. But ultimately she’s kind of an anarchist, cares not about the system, cares only about the people that mean the most to her.

Marvel.com: This show is known for including some outrageous sequences. Is this season still keeping you on your toes when you get a script?

Rachel Keller: Yes, I would say it always keeps us on our toes. The other thing is, last year we really didn’t know what to expect at all. This year we fold those bizarre, uncanny scenarios and situations in a little bit more smoothly. It’s less jarring to see a certain situation happen. It’s more like “Oh, yeah. Sure, we can do that!”

Legion airs Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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The 'Legion' star on going from embodying the Shadow King to becoming controlled by him.

Aubrey Plaza got to go to a lot of memorable places as an actor in the first season of “Legion,” which was especially impressive given her character, Lenny, died in the first episode of the series. However, both the audience and David Haller (Dan Stevens) would continue to see Lenny, as she appeared to him, and eventually came to be known as the main representation for the Shadow King, who was hidden inside David’s mind.

With “Legion” Season 2 underway, following this past Tuesday’s season premiere, the Shadow King is now inhabiting the body of Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement), even as we see that both Oliver and Lenny are trapped inside with him.

On the set of “Legion,” Marvel.com spoke to Plaza about the path Lenny has taken, the conversations she’s had with showrunner Noah Hawley about Lenny’s current status as an undead, mental prisoner of the Shadow King, and more…

Marvel.com: What can you say about where Lenny at in Season 2? She’s clearly changed a lot.

Aubrey Plaza: Lenny’s power has been stripped away. She’s no longer embodying the Shadow King. She’s now being controlled by him. Lenny has become a puppet trapped in the astral plane and really in her own afterlife because Lenny, as a human, died. So it’s a really different energy for Season 2.

Marvel.com: In Season 1, Lenny eventually became the avatar for the Shadow King and you got to go all Super Villain there. Is it interesting for you to take a step back and have this very different perspective on her and who she is?

Aubrey Plaza: It’s definitely interesting. The initial conversations I had with Noah [Hawley], he was really interested in exploring Lenny’s human side and getting back to who she was as a human and her own vulnerability. It was about stripping down all of the personas and figuring out who she really is at the core, which is interesting when you have a character that’s morphed into all these different characters. To get back to the real Lenny is a challenge.

Marvel.com: Lenny and Oliver are sort of stuck in the same predicament now.

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, I think we are. Maybe he’s kind of embodying [the Shadow King] more than Lenny is this season, in a way that she did last season, but in that first scene we’re both laying side by side in bathing suits, floating in a pool in the blazing, 106 degree sun and we’re kind of trapped together. It’s been fun!

Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker in “Legion”

Marvel.com: What’s it like to work with Jemaine?

Aubrey Plaza: He’s a ridiculous person! [Laughs] We actually shot a movie together a couple months ago which was a total coincidence. We were attached to that movie before he was cast in this show so we have a really fun dynamic. Those were really different characters. But we both come from the comedy, improv world so we have a very playful vibe with each other. I love working with him.

Marvel.com: You knew Noah’s talent from the start, but now that you’ve seen what the first year of “Legion” looked like, and how striking the series is, does it help to better visualize when you get a script and it’s got these strange aspects?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah. I never know how these things are gonna be put together in the end. So the challenge for me is always to filter out all of the noise and really focus in on what Lenny really wants. It’s sometimes hard to focus on that when the show is just so trippy and abstract and dealing with all kinds of weird dimensions, but I try to just focus on the human story.

Marvel.com: Lenny was fully this corrupt, Shadow King version of herself at the end of last season. But now that she has some of her true self back, what is she feeling about David? Does she want to help him?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, I think David was Lenny’s only friend when she was a human. Like her only real friend that she ever had. So I think in a way, now that she’s back and conscious of who she is and what she’s doing and not being controlled by the Shadow King, I think she desperately wants to be friends with David again and to have him trust her again. But how can you trust someone that was trying to kill you for an entire season?

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Watch the 'Legion' season premiere Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

The acclaimed series “Legion” returns to FX tonight — Tuesday, April 3 — kicking off another season of grippingly mind-bending, visually striking episodes following the journey of the powerful mutant David Haller (Dan Stevens) and his allies as they battle to stop the threat of the Shadow King.

For those looking for a refresher on where the series left off, click on over to our article giving a run down on the “Legion” characters and where we last saw them.

Beyond that, you can read what “Legion” showrunner Noah Hawley had to say about Season 2 and the hunt for the Shadow King, and see what star Dan Stevens had to say about how David has changed going into the new season.

Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, “Legion” follows David Haller, 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.

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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Get a refresher before the Season 2 premiere airs Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

With the superb and surreal Legion returning to FX for Season 2 on Tuesday, April 3, viewers may be in need of a refresher before the new season rocks their world.

Based on Marvel’s David Haller/Legion character — who was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and debuted in NEW MUTANTS #25 — Legion’s first season dealt with David realizing that he’d spent the bulk of his life being mentally invaded and manipulated by the being known as the Shadow King.

In the Season 1 finale, “Chapter 8,” David’s comrades at Summerland, a safe haven for mutants founded by Melanie and Oliver Bird, attempted to forcibly remove the Shadow King from David’s subconscious mind.

Watch the video at the top of the page for a recap of the first season via David himself — joined by… David! — and then read on below for a rundown of where we left off with each character.

David Haller (Dan Stevens)

As the powerfully telepathic son of an as yet-unnamed mutant, David spent the majority of his life as a severely mentally troubled individual. It wasn’t until his lengthy stay at Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital that he both met the girl of his dreams, Syd Barrett, and learned that his mind had been infested, since childhood, by a parasitic mind mutant known as the Shadow King.

In the Season 1 finale, David confronted the Shadow King on the astral plane while Cary Loudermilk tried to separate the two. While David was being strangled, Syd allowed Farouk into her body in order to save David’s life.

We last saw David — finally free of the Shadow King for the first time in decades — being sucked into a mysterious flying orb, no bigger than a basketball, and whisked away. Probably the worst time to get trapped in a drone, right?

Sydney “Syd” Barrett (Rachel Keller)

With a mutant power that forces her to mentally trade places with anyone she touches, with her mind entering their body — and vice versa — Syd Barrett found a loving, kindred spirit in David, a man who she could touch, worry-free, inside the astral plane.

In the Season 1 finale, after a confrontation with the Shadow King –who she was connected to due to her once swapping bodies with David — Syd decided to go against protocol and help Farouk escape after becoming convinced that David wouldn’t survive a full Shadow King split.

After she allowed Farouk into her body, via a kiss to David’s lips, Syd inadvertently sent Farouk into young Kerry Loudermlik, and the Shadow King then transferred into an unassuming Oliver. Syd in the meantime thought she and David could have some happy time together, only for that pesky orb to get in the way…

Shadow King (Navid Negahban)

Insanely powerful mutant, Amahl Farouk – The Shadow King – lost a duel to the death against a hated mutant enemy inside the astral plane. With his physical body dead, Farouk invaded the mind of David Haller, his enemy’s son, who had been given up for adoption.

Having been contained and backed into a corner within David’s mind, Shadow King, in the form of a decaying and rotting Lenny, convinced Syd to help him escape David’s mind.

Once free, and in the body of Kerry Loundermilk, Shadow King took down Cary, Ptonomy, Melanie, and Clark, before clashing with a fully recovered David. The result of this showdown, however, was Oliver becoming Shadow King’s newest host. And foolproof escape vessel.

Cary/Kerry Loudermilk (Bill Irwin & Amber Midthunder)

Cary and Kerry Loudermilk are mutants whose symbiotic relationship allowed Kerry, the muscle, to live inside the body of Cary, the brain. While inside Cary, Kerry doesn’t age, which is why she is decades younger than Cary.

Cary and Kerry enter the Season 1 finale on the outs, with Kerry resenting Cary for what she considered to be an abandonment when they were both in the astral plane.

By the end of the episode though, with Cary injured and on the floor of his wrecked lab, Kerry ran to him, thankful he was alive.

Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris)

Ptonomy, a Summerland mutant whose abilities include the power to transport others back into their own memories, was instrumental in helping David discover the presence of Amahl Farouk inside his mind and how his presence dated back to David’s early childhood.

In the season finale, Ptonomy tried his best to stop Farouk (who was inside of Kerry’s body) from escaping the lab. Unfortunately, he was overpowered while trying to shoot his gun and taken down.

Melanie Bird (Jean Smart)

As one of Summerland’s founders — along with husband Oliver and Cary Loudermilk — Melanie and her team rescued David from the hands of anti-mutant task force Division 3 after he had been taken in following the mass death and destruction that had befallen Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital.

Melanie began the Season 1 finale feeling a bit shaken over the fact that, though he was miraculously back after 20 years, Oliver had no recollection of her or their marriage.

Later, during Cary’s attempt to separate David and the Shadow King, Melanie tried to stop the parasitic telepath from escaping the lab. She was taken down with a psychic blast from Kerry/Farouk’s playful “fingergun,” and soon her husband would once more be taken from her – this time thanks to the Shadow King’s possession.

Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement)

Having finally returned, after years spent inside an icy chamber he’d constructed within the astral plane — albeit with much of his memory missing — Oliver assisted Cary in his scientific attempt to ungraft the Shadow King from David’s psyche.

Unfortunately, this placed Oliver in a prime spot to be overtaken by Farouk when his psionic energy field clashed with David’s. Sadder still, Oliver finally remembered who his wife Melanie was just minutes earlier. Now however, he’s Shadow King’s new host and together they took off on the open road while Division 3 rushed in to help sort out the chaos inside Summerland.

Clark (Hamish Linklater)

Clark, the “Interrogator” from Division 3, was initially in charge of David Haller’s capture and containment following a bizarre psionic attack on Clockworks that left many inmates and employees dead.

Presumed dead, Clark’s recovery period following the Summerland mutants freeing David – during which Clark was badly injured — was shown at the top of the Season 1 finale. We learned about his husband, his son, and his drive to get back out in the field to exact revenge.

However, after witnessing the Shadow King in action, Clark exited the first season with a full understanding of Farouk’s powers and a newfound desire to work with the Summerland mutants to stop him.

Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza)

Lenny, a fellow patient at Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital during David’s lengthy stay, was tragically killed when Sydney accidentally swapped consciousness with David. Overwhelmed by his vast telepathic powers, Syd caused David’s power to seal off all the inmates in their rooms – catching Lenny inside a wall.

In a way though, Lenny never truly left the series, as the Shadow King then used her form to further manipulate David. Even after Farouk possessed Oliver and fled from Summerland, we saw Lenny, indicating the Shadow King isn’t done with her just yet.

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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The star of 'Legion' on what's next for David, as he returns in the April 3 season premiere on FX.

Dan Stevens is back as the mutant David Haller in “Legion,” premiering April 3 on FX, as the series returns for another fascinating and offbeat season.

On the set of “Legion” Season 2, visiting press watched as Stevens filmed a scene between David and… Well, to even discuss who or what he was interacting would be saying too much. But suffice to say, things continue to be as intriguingly cerebral and surreal as fans would want from the show.

During a break from filming, Stevens sat down and spoke about how David, no longer sharing his body with the Shadow King (who continues to be a threat from afar), is different in Season 2. He also discussed the dynamic between David and Syd (Rachel Keller) after David returns from his long absence — having been taken away by that mysterious orb at the end of Season 1 — and why he loves “Legion” not always giving quick and easy explanations for what is occurring.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Question: We’re meeting up with David a year after we last saw him. How has that year changed him?

Stevens: For David, it hasn’t been a year. So, he’s kind of getting his head around that, for a start. For everybody else, it’s been a year, and a lot has happened in that year. And yeah, David’s had another strange experience. He thought his problems maybe were solved with the expulsion of the Shadow King, but actually, it’s not that simple.

Question: What’s it like for David now that we’ve gone from having sort of an internal villain [in Season 1] to dealing with something more external?

Stevens: There’s still a lot of internal conflict in David, and if you know the comic books, there’s still quite a few characters left in there that we’ve got to deal with at some point. The Shadow King was a big deal, and there is some sort of structural changes, I guess. The structure of the components of David have been reshuffled and they’re reconfiguring at the same time as, you say, there is this external threat. Everybody’s becoming much more aware of that. There’s maybe a partnership with Division Three that definitely wasn’t on the cards last time I checked, so that’s kind of strange. It’s an interesting thing where everybody assumes that this externalization means everything is really straightforward – “David is now on our side, everything’s going to be great and we’ll solve this war situation.” But it’s never that simple.

Question: How does the year away affect things for Syd and him?

Stevens: That’s the really interesting shift, and an interesting turn for their relationship, and we do see kind of a maturing and deepening of that relationship. But the great issue of trust comes along. I think anybody who gets into a relationship with somebody like David has to assume a certain amount of lies with the truth, or certainly a kind of [altered] perception of reality. But in some of these situations, it seems that David is just flat out lying. And even he’s not sure if he’s telling the truth some of the time. So that complicates the relationship for sure and they have to work on some of those issues together.

Question: What’s been really key for you with building the David and Syd relationship onscreen?

Stevens: I think it’s always interesting to develop those sort of long running romantic relationships and there’s obviously the classic ‘Will they/Won’t they?’ type trajectory. This being “Legion,” it obviously takes a slightly different angle on that, and I think it asks some quite complex questions about relationships. And like I say, putting David in a relationship with anybody is going to be quite a fascinating dynamic. Obviously, you still have the incredible obstruction of not being able to touch, so there are these psychic spaces that they continue to occupy. The mind play that goes on in a relationship is fascinating, and it fascinates Noah [Hawley] as a writer, along with the exploration of that kind of relationship. Putting that in our universe, it just gets weirder.

Question: Now that he’s free of the Shadow King, how is David evolving this season?

Stevens: Well, that’s another interesting question. You have somebody’s identity with an illness, or with some sort of external body inside them, and then their identity without that. So what remains and how attached to that was he? What’s the dynamic there? David’s obviously very fond of Lenny in a kind of weird, hostage-y way, but nonetheless, he feels that absence. So he’s got a bit of that, at the same time as dealing with Syd and her trust of him.

Question: How are David’s mutant abilities this season a reflection, or connected to his emotional life?

Stevens: I guess when looking at super powers in these sort of paradigms, there’s always the evolution, the sort of baby giraffe stage of not really knowing how to wield these things. And then there’s that sort of flush of ego, where you think, ‘Wow, I’m invincible, I can do all these things!’ We saw a bit of that in Season 1, and that sort of continues into Season 2. He also starts to feel that maybe he’s being used a bit as a weapon, and maybe nobody was actually interested in him after all and it’s actually his abilities, which, again, is a sort of interesting take on that kind of predicament. And, he certainly runs up against some characters who he can’t fully manipulate in the way that he seems to be able to manipulate most people, which is an interesting obstruction.

Question: Do you think audiences are more receptive now to this sort of show where you don’t necessarily get all the answers handed to you on a plate? And are you as an actor getting more comfortable with that ambiguity?

Stevens: I love ambiguity. And I hope that the audiences are entertained by that. I wouldn’t want a show that sort of told me everything in hour one, because if I got the joke and all the information in one hour, then I wouldn’t need to watch the other nine, or 20, or whatever. I’ve really enjoyed the response to Season 1 – that people have felt really, like, wonderfully confused by the show, and rewarded visually. Hourly, there’s a lot going on, and a lot to unpack. And like a great novel, it’s something you want to dive into and find out that you don’t really care how many pages there is because there’s just something delicious about that journey.

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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Noah Hawley discusses David and Syd's relationship and more heading into the April 3 premiere on FX.

The story of David Haller continues, as “Legion” returns to FX for Season 2 on Tuesday, April 3.

Season 1 ended with David Haller (Dan Stevens) finally free of the influence of the Shadow King, only for the Shadow King to find a new host in Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement) and escape – and for David himself to be captured inside a mysterious orb. So, where does the story go from here?

As Executive Producer Noah Hawley told press during a visit to the Los Angeles set of the series, “If the first season was the enemy within, the second season, in my head, was always the enemy without. The enemy is now out and so it would appear that our mission is to find Farouk and put an end to him.”

However, Hawley added, “My first instinct is always ‘Well that seems very clear… Now how can I undermine that in interesting ways?’ So, there are a few things that are happening as we go into the second year.”

Read on for more of what Hawley had to say about “Legion” Season 2…

The Mind of David Haller

When “Legion” began, David Haller had been institutionalized, unaware of the exterior force inside his head, the Shadow King, who had been manipulating him. However, Hawley noted that even though the Shadow King and David have been separated, he didn’t want to abandon the themes about mental health.

Said Hawley, “There were some things that were very important to me about telling more stories in this world. The first thing was that I didn’t want to leave the mental illness component of the show behind. The first season was based around this idea of ‘Is he mentally ill or does he have these super powers or both?’ I think we kind of committed to the fact that we’re in this genre world. There are people with these abilities. There is the Shadow King, who David thought was part of his personality, and then it turns out to be a separate entity and that entity escapes and is out in the world.”

That being said, Hawley stressed, “I couldn’t leave that question of mental illness behind. It’s an integral part of the show and it’s also something interesting to me as an idea to explore this idea of ‘What is normal? What is reality, if not simply an agreement that we make?’ Someone once said that the definition of reality is that which doesn’t cease to exist if you stop believing in it and I thought that was really interesting.”

The Tale of David & Syd

The dynamic between David and Syd (Rachel Keller) has been a key component of “Legion” since the first episode, and Hawley explained, “The relationship with David and Syd is the framework that we hang this season on. My feeling was if you believe that this love is real and you’re invested in it than the rest of the show is flexible, because obviously we’re making something that’s a little surreal, where I’m not entirely convinced that everything we see needs to be tied to information.”

As Hawley elaborated, “The show isn’t an information delivery device. It’s an experience delivery device. So there can be a sense, as you’re watching the show, that you’re not exactly clear on what everything is and what everything means. But as long as there’s a sense that you care about David and Syd and their emotional journey feels real, you’ll go wherever they go. And I continue to believe that what makes the show interesting is the ways in which we can use the genre to solve the characters. It’s not about making a genre show in that ‘these are people with abilities who are at war.’ It’s that you have the genre with all its creativity and its whimsy and fantastical elements. How can we use the tropes of the genre to explore the characters and explore the story in a way that you couldn’t in a straight drama? Because you can’t play with the structure of the show [in a straight drama]. You don’t have these elements available to you. You have clear forces of good and clear forces of evil. That’s a pretty standard package.”

By comparison, Hawley said, “Legion” is a show where, “You’re playing with these ideas about what’s actually going on, what’s real… False memories, false realities. We have a lot of mental spaces this year. We have a lot of mental spaces that aren’t necessarily the real world. Once you start playing around with those things you need a clear bind the audience can hold onto.”

Hawley noted that when Season 2 begins, “[Syd] has been put in the same position that Melanie was put in, which is [Oliver] went off to save the world and never came back. And she’s found herself trying to figure out how she feels about that and not wanting to surrender her own identity to this wait, to this search for him, etc. So I think if the first year was about the honeymoon of new love, this second year also has a component to it which is about the maturation of the love story between these two characters, with the idea that they love each other very much. But the world is a serious place and they have to make some mature decisions and move their relationship forward.”

The Shadow King Unleashed

The Shadow King/Farouk has escaped inside the body of Oliver Bird, and in Season 2, Hawley explained, “We introduce this idea that what Oliver is doing is he’s out there looking for his own body. If you think about a mutant that is someone that genetically changes, that mutation is mostly found in their physical genetic material. We play with this idea that his mind is very strong but if he were to be reunited with his body, he would become much more powerful. So we introduce this idea that they’re in a race to find the body. No one knows where it is. Our friends at Division Three, with David, are looking for Amahl Farouk, who is out there in the body of Oliver looking for it and that’s the framework of the season – who is going to find it first.”

In Season 1, Farouk was seen in various ways, but as Hawley noted, “He was hidden and metaphorically behind many faces.” In Season 2, “We’re removing the mask and Amahl Farouk becomes a major character in the show.”

Discussing what it was like to develop Farouk — who will be played by Navid Negahban in Season 2 — in a more direct manner this year, Hawley remarked, “It’s been really interesting because I had to find his voice.”

Describing the Shadow King, Hawley said, “He’s a centuries old mutant. Literally, he’s called ‘the King’ right? So there’s this idea that he’s out there in the world trying to get his body back, which he was kicked out of, and it’s about respect for him and the fact that people are treating him like he’s some kind of vermin but he’s the sun, he’s the moon, he’s a god. And so a lot of this for him — he’s a very patient guy. He hung around in David’s mind watching him eat baby food for a year. He’s a very patient guy. So he’s a very manipulative guy. He’s a very confident, powerful guy. He doesn’t say more than he has to say. But he’s also kind of a snake in the garden. He can talk you into anything.”

X-Influence

“Legion” is based on a character who originated in the X-MEN family of comics, and while many of the specifics are unique to the TV show, Hawley noted, “There are a few things that were interesting to me to incorporate from the X-Men universe. The first, just broadly, was its very gray approach to morality and this idea that characters can cross that line. You can have a character like Magneto who is a villain one week and a hero the next week and the struggles they’re all going through with their identity and trying to do the right thing — it’s not the same black and white universe as some other comic franchises. I really wanted to play with that and that real world morality. At the same time, I feel like the one thing about David Haller that you can’t change is his origin story and who his father is and it’s something we started to address in that first year and continue to address in our second year in a way the audience might like.”

Hawley said he felt “Legion” had to stand on its own, but added, “I feel like we set up, in this first year, an origin of this show which has the idea that David’s father defeated the Shadow King and the Shadow King took revenge by going into the mind of his son. And now we’re at the point where the Shadow King is racing to get his body back. What’s he going to do when he gets it and how is that going to circle back if he’s clearly interested in revenge? So we’re playing with all of those elements but I feel like I’ve made a show with its own universe and I want to try to stay inside of that as much as possible.”

What’s Coming Next

When it comes to any mystery elements in the series and the perspective of “Legion,” Hawley remarked, “The whole idea is to make a show that’s subjective. So if David isn’t sure what’s real or not, we’re not sure what’s real. That said, I was never interested in mystery for mystery’s sake. If you look at the first year, as David got more clarity, we got more clarity. In the beginning, we kind of had no idea what was going on and in the end it was very clear what was going on. But going into the second season, I didn’t want to just lose clarity for some reason. I think that’s part of what’s fun about the show. Part of this year and some of the things we’re doing is to kind of reset the table to allow us to figure it out again. What’s real, and what’s important, and what is his own baggage getting in his way? I think that I’m also very interested in continuing to expand Rachel Keller’s role and this idea that the show really is a two hander for me between [David and Syd] and there’s a journey that they’re going on. And in the X-Men universe, as I said, who’s a hero and who’s a villain? It’s not said. It’s not ‘The Matrix,’ right? It’s not like he’s chosen to be the savior of everyone.”

Hawley added, “There’s a sense that in David’s story he could be heading toward becoming a Super Villain, or maybe she is. I think there’s this idea that when you’re creating your own sort of myth you have to put a lot of energy into building the challenges and the seminal moments that these characters go to to decide ‘How is history going to remember this?’ So that’s part of it as well – continuing to expand to see the world through her eyes.”

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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Prep for the new series by looking back at David Haller’s first appearance!

Every Friday, we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place, or object that made waves this week.

While fans have been celebrating David Haller’s return to comics in writer Peter Milligan and artist Wilfredo TorresLEGION #1 (out next week!), the character’s presence hasn’t always prompted such a positive response. In Haller’s first appearance, his arrival wasn’t cheered—it was met with dread.

The young man known as Legion debuted in 1985 on the second-to-last page of writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz’s NEW MUTANTS #25. Presented as an entry in Moira MacTaggert’s notes on the mutant subjects of Muir Island, the reveal not only gave us our first look at Haller, but a wealth of introductory information.

New Mutants (1983) #25

New Mutants (1983) #25

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He looked like a teenager. He’d been catatonic for half of his life. And he possessed telekinetic and telepathic abilities passed onto him by his father…Charles Xavier. Haller’s mother, Gabrielle, was one of Xavier’s patients when he worked as a therapist. And, despite their relationship, the Professor never knew that David was his son.

In the following issue, David lost control of his powers and blew up part of Moira’s facility. Concerned for the well-being of her mutants, MacTaggert called in Professor X for some assistance. Charles came, and brought Banshee, Warlock, Doug Ramsay, Wolfsbane, and Dani Moonstar with him.

New Mutants (1983) #26

New Mutants (1983) #26

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In his inspection of the Island, Xavier began suspecting foul play when he met Gabrielle Haller there. She explained that David was her son, but held back on telling him the father’s identity. In an attempt to quell the chaos, the world’s most prominent telepath then entered Legion’s mind—but found himself, shockingly, ousted from his mental plane.

Haller’s mindscape proved to be an expansive and potent place. When Xavier returned to Legion’s mind, he found himself in an epic Soul War with one of David’s alternate personalities that’d hijacked one of the young man’s mutant powers. During this battle, Charles also learned of his own connection to the boy.

New Mutants (1983) #27

New Mutants (1983) #27

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After resolving the fight and concluding the mindscape adventure, Charles sat down with David in the real world only to discover that three other personalities all still lived inside Haller’s head. Saddled with such a complex and fragile mental state, Legion received word from his father that he would have his support as he grew older. Despite this promise, Charles and David were set for a challenging father-son relationship in the many years ahead.

FLASH FORWARD

A decade after making his first appearance, David Haller changed all of reality in a story called “Legion Quest” that ran through X-FACTOR #109, UNCANNY X-MEN #320#321, X-MEN #40#41 and CABLE #20. In that crossover, David decided that Magneto’s madness was the source of much of the world’s trouble, so he traveled back in time to kill him. Ultimately, however, Haller ended up accidentally killing his father instead, kickstarting the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline in the process. That event eventually led to the X-Men sending Bishop back in time so that he’d stop the wrongful assassination. In the process, Bishop stabbed Legion with his own psi-blade, sending them both spinning into Limbo.

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