The Shadow King takes many shapes, but he’ll look entirely different in the second season of Legion.
Entertainment Weekly has new images from the upcoming season of Noah Hawley’s trippy X-Men-based drama starring Dan Stevens as David Haller, and they include a shot of Homeland actor Navid Negahban as Amahl Farouk, otherwise known as the Shadow King.
In the first season, Farouk often took the form of Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) and found a new host in Oliver (Jemaine Clemente).
“Lenny and Oliver are being used by this character, Amahl Farouk,” Hawley said. “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.”
When we last left Legion, Farouk was inside of Oliver and in search of “someplace warm” while David was sucked into a mysterious mechanical ball.
FX also revealed a synopsis for season 2 that reveals an unexpected team-up. “With David and Oliver missing and Farouk on the loose, the team forms an unlikely alliance with their former enemy Clark (Hamish Linklater) and his well-funded government organization, Division III. Meanwhile, Amahl Farouk is on a new path to attaining infinite and world-ending power.”
The series which co-stars Rachel Keller, Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, and Jean Smart returns to FX on April 3.