How Magneto Will Factor Into The Gifted’s Season Finale

Polaris in prison

It's no secret that superhero properties are the hottest trend right now. As such, there are plenty of small screen adventures currently being produced, in addition to the blockbusters being released every few months by the MCU, DCEU, and X-men franchises. And while the latter may make its transition into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's also being explored through Fox's The Gifted series. Although there haven't been any crossovers with the film series, it looks like beloved villain Magneto will have a major influence in the show's season finale, through the backstory of his daughter Polaris (Emma Dumont). Dumont recently teased Magneto's role in the finale, saying:

Each episode we start with a flashback of a character's history and the finale is hers, and her journey is really, really heartbreaking. She kind of has to decide, 'What's the difference between something you're supposed to be and something you believe in?' She knows about this guy who may or may not be her father --- I mean, he is, and she kind of hates Magneto. She hates what everyone says about him because everyone in the world she's in said he was bad and evil --- so she's sort of like, 'Gosh, I believe the same things as this man. Does that make me bad, or does this mean I'm a fighter?'

While the likes of Michal Fassbender or Ian McKellen won't be physically showing up on The Gifted's highly anticipated season finale, it certainly looks like the Master of Magnetism will be affecting what we're shown on screen. And with Polaris becoming a bigger and bigger character with each passing episode, she may end up changing the game of the series with some sort of epic cliffhanger.

Throughout the first season of The Gifted, we've seen Polaris struggle with her mysterious past, and the origins of her mutant powers. Like Magneto, Polaris has power over magnetism. But she's never gotten a confirmation of her origin, leading to a bit of an identity crisis. Plus, everything she's heard about Magneto was about him as a monster and terrorist, making Polaris question the root of her powers, as well as her humanity.

If Polaris' identity as Magneto's daughter does end up being confirmed in the finale (as Emma Dumont's comments to TV Line seem to hint), it should be interesting to see how it affects her feelings about the conflict with the Sentinel Services. Will she embrace her inner villain and unleash her magnetic powers upon her enemies, or rise up and finish things as a hero? We'll just have to wait and see.

The Gifted will return from hiatus on January 8, 2018. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop this year.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.