Fox's X-Men franchise has been full of surprise successes in the past two years; first Deadpool blew audiences away in 2016, and then was followed up by the hugely successful Logan earlier this year. On the small screen, meanwhile, the biggest surprise has been the huge success of the first X-Men series, Legion. This trippy tale of mutant David Haller is like nothing else on television, and was a huge gamble for FX, but one that has certainly paid off. The series came to its thrilling conclusion this week, and fans are already looking forward to season 2.
The second season "won't look to the comics" for storylines, but beyond that, there are no details about where David (Dan Stevens) will go from here. The mid-credits scene in the finale is obviously launching the sophmore outing of the show, and now it appears that next year's Legion will also be a bit longer than it was in season 1.
Creator Noah Hawley told reporters (including TVLine) that the show would likely have more episodes in the next season, bringing the total for a second season to 10 episodes.
"My feeling with the first season, because it’s such a complex show, was that eight hours was the right amount. Now that the show has its identity… we have the opportunity to broaden it a little bit. All that means a lot more work for me in the immediate future, but I have nobody to blame but myself."
A 10-episode season will also bring Legion in line with Hawley's other hit show, Fargo. Fargo also has relatively short seasons of 10 episodes each, which seems to be how Hawley likes to tell his stories. This would still leave Legion with a significantly shorter season than most other comic-book series, however. The Arrowverse shows usually have 23 episodes per season, Gotham has 22, and Legends of Tomorrow has 17. Despite being shorter than most, however, there is no doubt Hawley doesn't need more than 10 episodes to get the job done.
It's not too surprising that the show will be a little longer in the second season. This will not be the only change for season 2, either -- now that David has managed to pull the parasitic Shadow King from his brain, we're likely to see a lot less of the mind-bending confusion that was such a huge part of season 1. Instead, the show will become significantly more straightforward, although it starts from such a high point of insanity that it will still have plenty of room for convoluted plotlines and incredible cinematography.
Legion will continue with season 2 in 2018 on FX.
Source: TV Line