In "dreaM," the next episode of The Gifted, Polaris will get an iconic piece of her comic book mythology. Per the trailer for the episode, the magnetic mutant will don her metal headpiece, but it's not just for show. Speaking to CBR, Polaris actor Emma Dumont teased the origin of her headpiece, its significance to the show moving forward and how it ties back to Magneto and her troubled past.
"So I always like to say Lorna's father had a nemesis that was a telepath -- a frenemy who was a telepath -- and so he wore a helmet to protect himself and so, in this season, Polaris has a frenemy that is a telepath, Esme, and she needs something to protect herself!" she told CBR. "So we saw at the end of last season that Polaris had a gift, a keepsake, and this season we sort of explore more what that is and where it came from. It came from her father and, for people who really have a good eye, they'll notice it's actually the symbol from Magneto's helmet -- one of the many renditions of his helmet."
"So she uses this. There's something in her that just tells her she should use this thing to protect herself, and she does," she continued. "She, by hand, molds herself a headpiece, which is very cool... I cried when I put it on for the first time, when we shot the first scene, and I'm really excited for people to see it."
"So, in the comics, Polaris has a really rough upbringing. Starting right away, she kills both her parents in a plane crash, which is so tragic! And then, from there, it sort of gets more crazy," she explained. "This season, we actually use a lot of the original mythology in our storytelling and it is revealed that her parents died in a plane crash when she was one and there's a whole episode dedicated to Polaris' upbringing and how she came to be the way she is. What resentments she holds, what scares her, what makes her so bitter. And it's interesting!"
"I think it's really good for her that she gets to go back and revisit this part of her life when she's about to become a mother. And, through this journey, she kind of starts to realize that Magneto did the things he did for a specific reason. She resents him, and she has resented him her whole life, thinking he abandoned her, but now she's starting to realize, like, 'Oh, he didn't abandon me. He was protecting me, because he needed to go save the world.' And so she's kind of forgiving her dad in a way throughout the season."
According to the official synopsis for "the dreaM," which airs tonight,
In attempts to stabilize Reed's powers, Reed, Caitlin and Lauren meet with Dr. Risman, a doctor who treats patients with debilitating X genes. However, Lauren finds out Dr. Risman is not who she thought she was. Following the Inner Circle's bank ambush, Thunderbird and Blink continue to work together to chase them down. Meanwhile, Polaris reflects on her troubled relationship with her father and takes steps to protect Dawn from the Inner Circle in the all-new "the dreaM" episode of THE GIFTED airing Tuesday, Nov. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Fox’s The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker, Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters and Grace Byers as Reeva Payge.