The Fargo TV series premiered on FX in April 2014 and starred Billy Bob Thornton (in a Golden Globe-winning role), along with Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Allison Tolman. The dark comedy crime drama was inspired by the Oscar-winning Coen brothers film of the same name, and was met with considerable critical acclaim. Hence, it came as little surprise that FX was quick to order a second season.
Fargo season one may’ve taken place in the 2000s, but season two takes a leap back in time, to 1979. The settings will be the same as in season one (Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota), but this time the focus will be on Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) – portrayed as an older man by Keith Carradine in season one – who recently came back from Vietnam and is now serving as a state Police Officer.
The first teaser for Fargo’s second season has arrived online, and while it gives absolutely nothing away, it does serve to promote the show well and spark discussion of what’s to come when it arrives on our screens in September. The familiar backdrop of a snowy landscape makes a reappearance, and a woodpecker briefly pauses in its work to listen to gunshots echoing in the distance. This would seem to hint at viewers being able to expect more violence in a similar setting to Fargo season one, albeit in a totally different time frame.
Both onscreen deaths and the leap back in time made it impossible for any of the Fargo season one cast to return; even so, the season two cast lineup is pretty outstanding. It includes Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons as a married couple who unwittingly become caught up in a gang war; Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as a drunken small town lawyer; Ted Danson as Sherriff Hank Larsson; Jean Smart (24, Samantha Who?) as Floyd Gerhadt, matriarch of the mob family; and Kieran Culkin (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) as Rye Gerhardt, the youngest member of the mob family. Noah Hawley returns as showrunner on Fargo‘s sophomore season, though he won’t be responsible for writing each episode this time around (unlike in season one).
The teaser might offer no detail, but we do know that as well as focusing on Lou Solverson’s investigation into the Gerhardt family, Fargo season two will also center on Ronald Regan’s presidential campaign (which was being fought at that time) and the cultural transformation taking place across the US after the Vietnam war. Bruce Campbell has been cast as a pre-POTUS Regan, who will arrive in town as part of his campaign trail. That blend of mobster and political drama elements has been alluded to by Hawley before, as he’s said that the show’s new season will pull inspiration from such Coen films as Miller’s Crossing (in addition to Fargo again, of course).
Fargo’s second season has a lot to live up to, seeing as its first outing was nominated for several high-profile awards (including eighteen Emmy nods) and won for Best Mini-Series at the 2015 Golden Globes (in addition to Thornton’s win). With a strong, solid plotline in place and a wealth of talented performers taking part, all things point to Fargo season two potentially matching up to its predecessor. However, only time will tell if the show garners the same popularity and critical reception as it did, back with its debut in 2014.
Fargo season two will premiere on FX in September 2015.