FX’s TV show, Fargo, loosely based on the Coen Brothers film of the same name, was quite successful for the network. Starring Martin Freeman as the hapless Lester Nygaard, Billy Bob Thornton as chilling serial killer Lorne Malvo (along with Allison Tolman and Colin Hanks as the cops determined to catch them), the series earned a slew of awards and widespread critical acclaim.
Fargo season two was announced soon after, and will take viewers back in time to Minnesota in the 1970s – where we discover the case that shaped the life and career of Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in season one and Patrick Wilson in this second outing).
After the release of several teasers, along with a full synopsis, FX has now released a full length trailer for Fargo’s sophomore season, which will air on the channel in October. The trailer gives us our best look yet at the new characters and storylines which will give us the shape of the season ahead.
For example, in Fargo season two, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons play the young married couple who unwittingly end up deeply embroiled in a (violent) organized crime syndicate. Meanwhile, Jean Smart plays the matriarch of the local mob family, who seem to hold a healthy disregard for the law and a great love of bloody violence. In addition, as young Lou Solverson, Wilson appears to be the perfect piece of casting, as does Ted Danson as his Father-in-Law, Sherriff Hank Larsson (who first uncover trouble when a gruesome murder takes place at the local Waffle House).
Watching the Fargo season two trailer alongside the previously released short teasers, several things seem worth noting. As with all things Fargo, there is a good dose of dark humor present, and plenty of hints and clues of what’s to come. For example, the shoe stuck in the tree (at the end of the full-length trailer) surely means something, and once more it seems those committing these bloody atrocities is fond of leaving bodies (or body parts) out in the snow. Likewise, the violence again takes place against a backdrop of sweet suburbia (as the steadily leaking maple syrup in one of the teasers emphasizes).
Finally, the biggest clue appears to be in the music used in the Fargo season two marketing. Over both the trailer and some of the teasers, Dr John’s 1973 single, “Right Place, Wrong Time” plays with the very noticeable lyrics “I been in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time.” A forewarning of what’s to come, maybe?
Fargo season 2 premieres on FX in October 2015.
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