Legion Amahl Farouk

What Amahl Farouk's new look means for Legion's second season

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Jan 5, 2018

The secretive baddie of X-Men show Legion’s trippy first season was the parasitic Amahl Farouk. Now, after a panel at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, we know a little bit more about how the creepy villain will return when the FX show comes back in April for Season 2.

In a clip shown during the panel, Farouk (played by Homeland actor Navid Negahban) has a small conversation with David (Dan Stevens). Farouk was originally cast with Saïd Taghmaoui in the role for the second season, but show creator Noah Hawley says Negahban was a better fit. This actor swap, which implies that the body-swapping Farouk has left Oliver (Jemaine Clement), David, and Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) for greener pastures, has a big impact on the characters he’s left behind.

While Hawley says that Farouk will “continue to use people like Oliver and Lenny,” the biggest question is who these characters are, sans Farouk. Plaza notes that it’s “scary to play a character who doesn’t know who she is,” but that Season 2 will allow us (and her) to find out, which is a benefit relatively exclusive to TV. No X-Men movie would allow for this kind of lengthy, twist-filled character development.

SYFY WIRE also asked Hawley what season 2 held in store for David's journey, seeing that Season 1 was about David coming to an understanding that he is not mentally ill. Would the show explore more of that, or something new?

Hawley said that Legion's first season “was exploring an insane man in a sane world, and now it’s a sane man in an insane world,” while touching a bit on the phenomenon of “mass psychology.” Stevens chipped in by saying that, yes, “The Shadow King is out of him, but it’s about that interplay and his relationship that occupied him for so long.” His journey through Season 2 will be one of “configuring” relationships and determining his own agency.

Even if that means, as per some script notes and Stevens’ and Hawley’s confirmation, it happens via a first episode dance-off.