Watch Gregg's 'Mini Marvel Movie' this Friday on ABC at 9|8c!

As we near the 100th episode, another “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” milestone is on the horizon. Clark Gregg, aka Agent Phil Coulson, will his “S.H.I.E.L.D” and Marvel Cinematic Universe debut this Friday in a brand new episode.

The talented star took time to talk to Marvel.com about directing his very own “mini Marvel movie” in episode 506 titled “Fun & Games.”

Marvel.com: Hi Clark, I know the idea of you directing an episode was floated or offered in past seasons by EPs Jed and Mo. What drew you to this season or story arc that made you feel now was the right time for your ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ directorial debut?

Clark Gregg: It just felt so daunting. I’m not sure if, in the past, they really…. They just asked, “What do you think? Is this something you want to do?” I said, “I’m not sure I do.”

I find the process of just doing my work pretty all-consuming for the most part. The idea that I would be prepping and acting during one episode, directing and acting during another episode, and editing and acting during a third episode…. You’re talking about five weeks of double duty. The thought was daunting.

They finally pushed a little bit at this season. It seemed like time. I guess, honestly, I started going, “Oh, stop being such a chicken. You’ll be fine.” It had been so different from what I’ve done. It’s weird to step outside of your comfort zone around family. It was a silly thing to be so cognizant about. It ended up being, everyone was so incredible in terms of the way they everyone showed up and supported me. I was really moved.

Marvel.com: Speaking of the difficulties of performing doing double duty, did your cast mates and close friends simplify the process since you knew exactly what you need to draw from their performances?

Clark Gregg: Well, yes and no. Yes, in that I certainly had a shorthand with them about what we want to try to do, ways the script could give us a chance to push us into new territory. They all also have deep and interesting ideas that helped me. I got to play a different role and dig in together and collaborate with them in a way someone who isn’t….

I didn’t see this coming, but someone who isn’t a fellow cast member might not as easily be able to. It’s two actors agreeing to let one of the actors also direct and try to explore together the moments of the scene. That’s very unusual. One by one, everybody came to me and said, “I’m in. What do you want to do? Let’s try it.” I was really moved by that.

Also, I was blown away to see what a lot of the other departments I don’t get to work with, the amazing work they do — from the set deck to the props to all the preparation that goes into every episode.

Marvel.com: TV is very different from film. You’ve written screenplays. You’ve produced and directed features. Is TV directing something you’d want to do more of in the future?

Clark Gregg: Yeah, in the right context, there were a lot of things that were particularly rewarding. I got to do some incredible, big moments that we’ve been waiting for all season. Or in the case of some of these moments, for four seasons. That was fun! I don’t want to do it in general, but there were things about it that were fun to do on my [episode] that I didn’t necessarily foresee how rewarding it would be. I came away thinking, “What was I waiting on? That was really cool and I hope I get to do it again some time.”

Marvel.com: This episode in particular was extremely dynamic. Did you feel comfortable handling the action, the intense moments I can’t list, the martial arts, and the romance this whole episode entailed?

Clark Gregg: On the one hand, I’ve been watching. I work with a lot of the directors. I’ve worked with the action unit that Garry Brown, Tanner and those guys run. For 100 episodes, I’ve got a lot of experience, and I’ve done it from the inside. I had a lot of bonuses going in. That said, they’ve got such an incredible ability, everyone from the Visual Effects department to the Stunts, I’ve talked about the actors. In a big episode, and we’ve had big episodes before like this, they all know how to do it in a way that puts the value on the screen quickly.

They all made this very easy for me. They were able to take the ideas that I had, the things I had always wanted to try, if I ever got to direct one, and make it fit in the mold of what they do effortlessly.

Marvel.com: With sci-fi element of this season taking our agents and the show in such a new direction and as we near the 100th episode, has there been anything you had always wanted to see happen on the show – not just storyline, but perhaps something visual or tone-wise – that you’d like to see ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ pursue?

Clark Gregg: Every time I think of something I want to see them do, it’s in the next script. It’s a little weird. I’ve said it before, but I never thought, when we started this 103 episodes ago, that I was going to get to do five or six different shows. They were completely reinvented; we got to do pods, and have LMDS and then here’s Ghost Rider. And now we’re in a sci-fi movie that I always wanted to be in. They’ve taken these groups of characters and bringing them in all these different pockets of the Marvel Universe that the movies haven’t explored necessarily, and using characters that’s just outside the field of vision of most cinematic fans. Milking every bit of it, and then BAM! tearing it all apart. Now we’re somewhere in space. As Henry’s character says in the first episode [of this season], “Well, it’s the one thing we haven’t done yet.” But it’s not! They’re going to come up with something else; I don’t know what it will be yet.

Marvel.com: Lastly, you’ve been such a consistent part of the Marvel Universe. What have some of the most surprising responses you’ve gotten to being Coulson?

Clark Gregg: The fact that Coulson called on it all from the start, a guy in an ill-fitting suit chasing Gwyneth Paltrow around in “Iron Man.” The fact that fans have connected with this guy makes a lot of sense in retrospect because he’s them – he’s their avatar. The way, the depth, and the duration in which the fans connected with him, they wouldn’t let him die. There’s just something about who he is and what he stands for that resonates, and continues to resonates, in a way I have trouble making sense of.

I went to do press for our European fans over the break in Portugal, and to see this huge mob of Portuguese and Spanish fans who want to talk about the Kree and what Kasius is thinking. Then to go to Italy, I was in a canal in Venice and all these tourists hanging over the bridge calling out in their languages “Phil! Phil!” I was like, “God, there’s something about this guy that people really connect to. It’s a real gift.

To hear more from Clark Gregg, watch Clark chat with Ryan on his turn as director on a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel:

And if you can’t get enough, listen to the full interview on Soundcloud or download the special episode.

Watch Clark Gregg’s S.H.I.E.L.D. directorial debut on a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” tomorrow at 9|8c on ABC!

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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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You've met Tandy and Tyrone - now get a look at the rest of their universe!

We’re less than two months away from the premiere of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” only on Freeform! Don’t miss the two-hour premiere, on Thursday, June 7 at 8pm ET/PT!

You’ve been introduced to our two leads — Tandy Bowen (played by Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (played by Aubrey Joseph). Now meet the rest of the key players in their lives. Marvelites, you may recognize some of the characters from their comic book origins.

As a refresher:

Tandy Bowen (played by Olivia Holt) was once privileged little girl, who watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.

Olivia Holt as Tandy

Tyrone Johnson (played by Aubrey Joseph) is young man who wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.

Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone

Detective Brigid O’Reilly (played by Emma Lahana) is accustomed to working in a man’s world but she isn’t looking to be “one of the guys”. Her New York sensibilities have hardened her from being too friendly or open, setting her apart from her Louisiana counterparts. Brigid believes in justice and doesn’t think that anyone should be above it, including other cops. Especially other cops.

Father Delgado (played by Jaime Zevallos) is constantly seeking redemption in spite of the fact that he’s not sure that he deserves it. As a school counselor and priest, Delgado is a rock to Ty. Oppressed by the collar, he leads more through words than example, as he still struggles daily with the life he has chosen.

Detective Connors (played by J.D. Evermore) is contradiction of a man. Connors embraces an intimidating persona that overcompensates for a secret he keeps close to the vest.

J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors

Liam (played by Carl Lundstedt) is a salt-of-the-earth townie. Liam operates as Tandy’s partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend. But underneath this rough-around-the-edges appearance, Liam has big dreams. All of them include Tandy.

Carl Lundstedt as Liam

Melissa Bowen (played by Andrea Roth) is the eternal optimist, despite struggles to adapt to her new existence. She’s complex and compromised, and often needs to fill her edges, but her love for her daughter burns brightly outside.

Andrea Roth as Melissa

Adina Johnson (played by Gloria Reuben) invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. But she props up and protects Tyrone so much she almost forgets to love him.

Gloria Reuben as Mrs. Johnson

Otis Johnson (played by Miles Mussenden) trudges through his desk job to keep his family safe and happy. All while too-quietly mourners a loss. When he can, this working-class father does what he can to ensure his son Tyrone will grow up to be a man.

Miles Mussenden as Mr. Johnson

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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Get a sneak peek from the new episodes airing Sunday, March 15 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will be facing one of their biggest threats yet on two brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” airing this Sunday on Disney XD – life as celebrities!

First, in “We are the Champions,” Drax decides he no longer wants to be a Destroyer and looks into new occupations. Then, in the episode “Fame,” Quill takes the next logical step after beating Thanos – having his own talk show! But to his dismay everyone seems to hate it, especially the Grandmaster who is rigging the segments to destroy Quill.

You can watch an advance clip from “Fame” above, as Star-Lord discovers having your own TV show isn’t quite as fun as he might have imagined…

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “We Are The Champions” and “Fame” air Sunday, March 15 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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The hero is set to return on Netflix!

Everybody raise a glass: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will be back for a third season on Netflix!

Following a hugely successful season 2, which launched globally on International Women’s Day 2018, the hero will return to her investigative, crime-fighting best in another batch of thrilling episodes coming soon.

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” stars Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, with Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, and Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse. The series is executive produced by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. And “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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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!

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

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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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Check out a clip from the new episodes airing Sunday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

The Guardians of the Galaxy now have everything they every dreamed of – fame, fortune, and riches – this coming Sunday morning on Disney XD in two brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!”

First, in “Money Changes Everything,” our Guardians learn the hard way that boundless wealth can’t always get everything they want or solve their problems. Then, in “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves,” Gamora decides to use her new riches to repay all of the people she has wronged throughout the years. But when Nebula shows up looking for her cut, Gamora decides to try to teach her the value of doing good. Can Gamora make amends and convince Nebula to give up the teachings of Thanos?

Check out a clip from the episodes above, as our Guardians are caught hanging in a tough predicament!

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “Money Changes Everything” and “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” air Sunday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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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?

Watch ‘Legion’ Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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