Is it real or just in my head? This question has kept fans of Legion on their toes since the beginning, and with the FX drama coming back for season 2, Aubrey Plaza returns in a new promo to melt your mind with more trippy psychedelics.
“I need to remind you what you think is real has never occurred,” Plaza’s Lenny — or is it the Shadow King?! — says to camera. Has David Haller (Dan Stevens) been a figment of our imaginations all this time? Has his “lover,” Sydney (Rachel Keller), just been a representation of our sexual appetite?
The first season of Legion, saw David locked up in a psychiatric facility to treat his mental disorder… or that’s what unseen forces wanted him to believe. It turned out he wasn’t crazy at all, but rather an all-power telekinetic and telepathic mutant, based on the character of the same name from the X-Men comics.
Lenny, meanwhile, wasn’t actually Lenny. David’s friend from the hospital was really a psychic leach known as Amahl “Shadow King” Farouk using Lenny as its physical form.
Picking up with Legion season 2, which will premiere on FX this April 3, Farouk will have a new host, Oliver (Jemaine Clemente). Navid Negahban will appear as Farouk, alongside Plaza, while Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, and Jean Smart will also return.
With David gone and Farouk on the loose, the folks from Summerland must form an alliance with Clark (Hamish Linklater) and the rest of their enemies at Division III. Fans have merely glimpsed new footage of the next run, though a full trailer still eludes us.
While we wait, let Plaza lull you into a false sense of comfort.