Following the critical and commercial success of the debut season for Fargo, the FX TV show based very loosely on the film of the same name, a second season became a certainty. That said second season is still running currently, and has been equally well-received as its predecessor - so it is little surprise that FX has asked showrunner Noah Hawley to make a third.
Hawley has achieved what many cannot; that is to say he has seamlessly blended graphic violence, high drama, and dark humor together to produce two compelling seasons which stand alone yet also connect to one another - and they’re separated by a twenty seven year time difference, no less.
With Fargo season 1, starring Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thorton, set in 2006, the second season took a leap back to 1979. The two seasons have had different casts but kept two key characters; Lou Solverson, played as an older man by Keith Carradine in season 1 and as a young police detective by Patrick Wilson in season 2, and his daughter, Molly. Though Molly is a minor character in the current season, Allison Tolman played the role in season 1 where she was heavily featured.
Talking to EW, Hawley has revealed a little bit of his plan for season three, and it involves another time-leap. The show will move forward again, only this time it will be set “A couple of years after season one.” Of course, this opens up the potential for characters from the first season to return (those few that survived, anyhow) as well as older versions of season two characters to appear. When asked about the possibility of this happening though, Hawley wasn’t giving too much away, simply saying that’s “potentially” what could happen.
One thing that will happen again is the connection between the seasons. Hawley confirmed that fans will once again be able to watch the show and try and work out exactly what those connections are:
“There are going to be connections, the way the first year was connected to the movie and the second year was connected to the first, but I think part of the fun is figuring that stuff out and I wouldn’t want to take that away from anybody. There will be definitely things that connect to something in our story.”
The third Fargo season will also follow the same “based on a true story” format that both the film and the previous two TV seasons have taken on, and Hawley cites this as the reason the show will still be set a few years back from the present day:
“The idea of the ‘true story’ is it always has to be at least a few years ago, because the idea is we finally know what really happened and it took time – because the book doesn’t come out until five or six years after.”
As yet, nothing is known about any possible plot lines or indeed when the show might make it to air; a late 2016 arrival could be a possibility though it would be cutting things very fine unless writing is already well under way. It will certainly be interesting to see how Hawley will work the previous season’s events into Fargo season three, and which, if any, characters will return. The biggest question of all will be; can Fargo’s third season emulate the success of the first two outings?
Fargo season 2 continues on Monday, December 7th, 2015 on FX