Many were skeptical when FX announced a TV adaptation of the landmark Coen Brothers film Fargo. However, the first season quelled nearly all of the skepticism with uniformly excellent performances, dynamite cinematography, compelling mysteries and the welcome breakout of Allison Tolman in the series’ most sympathetic role. Fargo series creator/writer Noah Hawley paid loving tribute to the film, by most/all accounts.
The show’s anthology structure means that season two will feature a new story (with new characters played by new actors), though unlike True Detective, this season of Fargo takes place some forty years earlier, in what is clearly the same universe. In fact, Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine in Fargo season one) is a lead in season two, portrayed in his younger days by Patrick Wilson.
Today we get our first glimpse of the all-star cast and new environment of Fargo season two, courtesy of EW. In the first teaser clip, beautician Peggy Blomquist (Kirsten Dunst) dreams about wiping blood of her hands while she’s working with a customer. It seems likely that that dream is inspired by real-life blood. Her husband doesn’t appear in the clip, but he’ll be played by Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad).
The second clip offers our first look at Wilson as young Lou, playing opposite a wizened Ted Danson as Sheriff Hank Larsson. Minnesota accents in tow, the two share a brief and snowy coffee break before heading back to work.
These clips are short, and some of the most intriguing Fargo season two cast members (Plemons, Nick Offerman, Bruce Campbell, Kieran Culkin, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Donovan and Brad Garrett) don’t appear. But this minute of footage does nothing to suggest that Fargo season two will be anything other than an involving drama with elements of thriller, comedy and even romance. That should help the TV show avoid a sophomore slump after its award-winning debut.
Without having a clear sense of this season’s story, or even more details about its characters, it’s hard to say definitively that Fargo will be a success. But the first season was such an unmitigated triumph that the show deserves the benefit of the doubt, for now.
Fargo returns to FX in Fall 2015.