Just when David Haller thought he could finally have a moment of peace with Syd, a mysterious orb snatched away the happiness he fought so hard to attain.
Tonight’s season finale saw David effortlessly take down a horde of Division 3 soldiers and then with the help of his friends, finally rid his mind of the Shadow King. However, before David could put an end to the parasite once and for all, he was temporarily incapacitated, and the creature was able to attach itself to the mind of an unsuspecting Oliver Bird, who promptly exited the building and under the control of Aubrey Plaza‘s masterful villain, drove off into the sunset to “someplace warm.”
Now, while that was a strong enough tease for Season 2, things got even crazier a short while later during the post-credits scene, which saw David getting scanned by a floating orb of some sort and then being zapped inside, trapping him, and flying him off to an unknown location. Speaking to TV Line, creator/showrunner Noah Hawley touched on that shocking turn of events and teased what it means for Season 2. “We wanted to keep the pressure on, ‘Out of the frying pan and into the fire’ is a pretty good approach to storytelling.” He went on to cite Marvel’s big-screen adventures for giving him the inspiration to design that specific end-credits scene, so that he could “give people the feeling of watching the credits, to let them absorb the complete story they just watched, and then tease them as to what Chapter 2 is going to be.”
Speaking of Season 2, Hawley also teases that in addition to David’s new predicament, the Shadow King will also continue to play a significant role in the series and that David is going to have his work cut out for him when he inevitably has to face him again. “There’s going to be something very complicated about going to war with yourself, really… we’ve now created a villain for David that is worthy of building a whole story around.” He also confirmed Jemaine Clement for a return next season as he is “rather critical to our story… I’ve spoken to Jemaine, and he’s excited to come back, so I think we’ll see a lot of him going forward.” Plaza will also return to play more mind games with David and the gang.
As for that Professor X appearance, it’s a bit complicated whether we’ll see him or not, but Hawley does suggest that it is something the show will definitely explore at one point or another next season as they continue to explore David’s growth. “Any person who learns they’re adopted is going to have those questions and want to seek out those parents, That’s definitely something we’re going to approach.” He further explains that to get the X-Men patriarch, he would have to first have “a corporate conversation” with 20th Century Fox to determine whether he could actually use the character before he began planning any sort of introduction. “I haven’t really dived into that quandary yet… but I certainly need to start thinking about it.” It’s still early, though, so anything can happen.
He concludes the chat by revealing that next season will likely expand to ten episodes over this season’s eight. “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.” A return date hasn’t been given yet, but Hawley hopes to be ready to launch Season 2 next February.
So, what did you guys think of tonight’s finale? Who do you think sent the orb? Sound off with your thoughts below!