Legion and its delightfully demented storylines will come to a close in 2019.
John Landgraf, CEO of FX Networks & FX Productions, announced Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that Legion's upcoming third season will also be its last. "Noah Hawley had always conceived of Legion as a three-season show," Landgraf said, "and he's going to stick to his plans that this will be the final season."
The Season 2 finale saw David Haller (Dan Stevens) take on the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) — after a quick musical number, of course — before Syd (Rachel Keller) showed up to reveal to David that a future version of himself would one day destroy the world. Ain't it always the way? Season 2 ended with David and Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) taking off into nothingness.
Hawley addressed the decision to the end the series later on in the day during the Legion panel, explaining that he always saw the narrative as a three-part story.
"I think endings are what give stories meaning," he said. "I said last year that I've never done a second season of anything. I've always thought of this as a complete story as a beginning, middle and an end. It felt like a three-act sort of thing and this felt like a natural place to end it."
Stevens was also not shocked to learn that the story would be ending after Season 3, and he's ready to see where David ends up at the end. "Great stories have endings and they don't just stop. When Noah first discussed the story with me, I knew where it was going though I didn't necessarily know how," he explained. "I knew it would be weird and beautiful and it certainly has been. ... There's definitely a destination that David wants to get to, and I think those things will neatly coincide, I hope."
Before the series is over, fans will actually meet David's parents. FX has announced that Counterpart star Harry Lloyd will play David's father, the iconic Marvel character Professor X, while Mr. Robot's Stephanie Corneliussen will play his mother, Gabrielle.
But although Legion is ending, this does not necessarily mean this will be the last time we see these characters. Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb made a natural metaphor for how the show represents the run of a comic series.
"When Noah came in, he told us the end of the story when he told us the beginning. It was always going to be this magical mystery tour that we were going to be going on," he said. "I sort of think this is the end of this particular graphic novel. If Noah came back to us in a day or a year and this incredible cast was available, we — and I'd like to think FX — would go, 'Yeah, OK, let's tell the next story.'"
Legion Season 3 will premiere in June on FX.
This story has been updated with quotes from Noah Hawley, Dan Stevens and Jeph Loeb.