[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Legion ahead.]
It was clear leading up to its premiere that FX’s Legion wasn’t really going to be like any other comic book TV show in history. Coming from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, the series has dived deep into the schizophrenia and mind-bending realities of its lead protagonist, David Haller (played perfectly by Dan Stevens) to staggering, breathtaking results. Unsurprisingly, it’s even earned critical acclaim for its audacious storytelling structure, and that very same commitment to playing fast and loose with reality. But one thing that wasn’t clear about Legion beforehand, was what comic book connections or supporting characters fans could look forward to seeing appear throughout it.
The answer to that question has been, surprisingly, not many so far. In fact, aside from David himself, practically all of the characters in the series have been original creations by Hawley and co. However, following last week’s episode, it had become clear that The Devil With the Yellow Eyes – the parasitic monster/mutant living inside of David’s mind – was connected to X-Men comic book lore in some manner or another.
It was heavily speculated both by us and within the show’s fan community, that the monster itself, who took on the form of multiple different beings and characters, was none other than Amahl Farouk/The Shadow King. A new alternate promo for next week’s episode, titled “Chapter 7”, confirms that to be the character’s identity once and for all as well, with both Jemaine Clement’s Oliver Bird and Bill Irwin’s Cary Loudermilk directly referring to the entity by that name. Check it out for yourself in the space above.
For those of you who don’t know, The Shadow King was a character who was first introduced into the X-Men comics under a shroud of intense secrecy and mystery. At first just appearing to be another nefarious telepath for Charles Xavier to take down, it became clear over time that The Shadow King was actually a much more dangerous and sadistic being, who’s existed on the Astral Plane since the dawn of time and can take over the bodies of mutants whenever he seemingly pleases.
But even without this promo’s confirmation, it had already become assumed that the villain was The Shadow King by fans and critics. With the introduction of the Astral Plane earlier in the season, and the confirmation that it/Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) had been living inside of David since he was a baby (and had existed on its own before it entered David’s body), the evidence appeared to be stacking up in its favor. Since “Chapter 7” is also the penultimate episode of Legion‘s first (but not last) season, it’s not necessarily surprising that The Shadow King’s identity is finally going to be confirmed in it either.
For those who pay close attention to the promo, though, “Chapter 7” looks to offer more than a few long-awaited moments that the show’s been building towards all season. This includes the reunion between Oliver and his wife, Melanie (Jean Smart), and the beginning of the full-fledged battle between Syd (Rachel Keller) and Lenny for David’s very being. So while last night’s episode had more than its fair share of shocking moments and revelations, it’s clear that fans can expect a whole lot more where that came from, before Legion draws to a close this year.
Legion returns with “Chapter 7” next Wednesday, March 22nd @ 10/9c on FX.