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'Legion' Series Finale: Noah Hawley on That Ending, New Beginnings, and Saying Goodbye Twice

 
 
 
'Legion' Series Finale: Noah Hawley on That Ending, New Beginnings, and Saying Goodbye Twice

The last shot of “Legion” had been in Noah Hawley’s mind for a while, but how it came to be carried more than a few surprises.

“I definitely had a sense coming out of Season 2 that the end of the show was the beginning of the show; that the last image we saw would be the first image that we saw,” Hawley told IndieWire. “I feel like there was something really perfect to that. I always knew in a broader sense what the three acts of the story had to be, but that doesn’t mean I knew how the story was going to resolve literally. You just trust yourself to figure it out as you go.”

What ensued was a season of time travel, culminating in “Chapter 28’s” cosmic battles between an adult David (Dan Stevens), his father Charles Xavier (Harry Lloyd), and younger and older versions of Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban), which went down while Sydney (Rachel Keller) and Kerry (Amber Midthunder and Bill Irwin) protected baby David from encroaching time demons — the result of one fight could drastically alter the fate of another, and yes, given the time travel, it’s all a bit complicated.

But the most pertinent explanation is that sworn enemies became peaceful allies, as a vengeful David was coaxed back toward the light by his father, who saw the error of his ways through his grown son’s wicked wants. Meanwhile, the elder Farouk shared wisdom with his conniving younger self, and the two warring parties made peace. Their agreement — buoyed by the time-traveling Switch (Lauren Tsai) — kept the world from ending, but Charles’ decision to stick by his wife and son meant David would live his life all over again, with his father and mother by his side this time, in the hopes that a fresh start with supportive parents could help avoid the same, near-catastrophic endpoint.

“Certainly with ‘Legion,’ I just wanted to deliver a conclusion to the story that felt both as playful and inventive as the rest of the series, while still delivering a meaningful and human ending to this story,” Hawley said.

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