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FX picks up mind-bending X-Men drama Legion for a third season

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Jun 1, 2018

With two episodes still left in Season 2 for David Haller to figure out a way to banish the Shadow King, FX is going ahead and giving Legion fans what they’ve been waiting for: official word that a third season of the surreal X-Men spinoff is definitely in the works.

Marvel announced today that FX has indeed ordered a brand-new series of episodes to dive deeper into David’s (aka Legion’s) quest to get the Shadow King out of his troubled head for good. Details are still light — FX has not yet revealed an episode count or a premiere date — but the network reportedly plans to get Season 3 out the door sometime in 2019.

Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, the Noah Hawley-created show follows David (Dan Stevens) as he begins to realize his childhood diagnosis of schizophrenia may actually conceal a very X-Men-like truth: he's not simply schizophrenic; he's a mutant — and not just any mutant, but the most powerful of them all.

In announcing Season 3, FX President of Original Programming Eric Schrier said the show, which has struck a chord with both fans and critics, has “exceeded all expectations.”

Legion has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season,” Schrier said in Marvel's announcement. “We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honored to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling.”

With the late addition of an extra episode to its planned 10-episode run, Legion’s trippy Season 2 is still unfolding. You can catch the final two episodes by tuning in at 10 p.m. ET on June 5, and again on June 12 for the season finale — and then be sure to join us each Tuesday as we break down each episode in depth.