A page from the script for the season 2 premiere of Legion shows that Lenny and Oliver will both be prisoners in paradise. Legion season 1 proved to not only be one of the most critically-acclaimed comic book TV shows in recent memory, but also one of the most audacious dramas on TV. While the series changed a good deal from the Legion comics, the end result was an idiosyncratic look at mutants, mental illness, and humanity.
Given the post-credits twist at the end of the Legion season 1 finale, there are a lot of directions the new season can go. We know part of season 2 will deal with David’s unusual abduction, but the S1 finale also highlighted that both Lenny and Oliver aren’t gone from the series. Next season, Oliver will find himself out of one prison and stuck in a whole new one courtesy of the Shadow King – and he won’t be alone. Thanks to a new look at next season, we know Lenny will still be along for the ride.
EW has an exclusive look at Legion thanks to one of the pages from the script for season 2’s premiere. Check it out below, and see the special kind of hell Oliver and Lenny will find themselves in when the show returns next year.
Along with the script page, writer and creator Noah Hawley offered some insight into Lenny and Oliver’s circumstances:
“Lenny and Oliver are being used by this character, Amahl Farouk. He wears their faces from time to time. It’s his way of hiding himself. I had this thought of, ‘What does Freddy Krueger do during the day?’ I thought it was interesting, the idea of the downtime of these characters. They’re not being used and so what is reality like for them? They’re being placated, that they’re in some place beautiful that may not actually be a physical space, it may be a mental space, like an astral plane. They have everything they need, they’re by the pool, it’s beautiful, but at a certain point, there’s part of them that realizes that they’re just trapped in this reality they don’t have any control over.”
Aside from the whole scenario sounding truly horrifying, Hawley also seems to confirm that Lenny is just one of the many faces the Shadow King has stolen. Whether that means the real-world Lenny Busker, the face of Aubrey Plaza, or both, we’ll likely have to wait until next season to learn more.
Legion is by nature a cryptic show, but as the first season moved along things began to clarify a bit. While the heady nature of the series likely won’t be going anywhere, next year should give us some more answers as to what exactly is going on. We also know Legion will be coming to Comic-Con later this month. Between that appearance and the fact that writing has begun on the new season, more information about next year’s plot should be right around the corner.
Legion season 2 airs on FX in 2018.
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