The return of the anthology series got a boost on Monday when FX renewed Fargo and announced that the cast would be completely different. During the network’s TV Critics Association press tour panel yesterday, writer/producer Noah Hawley revealed more details about the new season.
Season two will be a prequel of sorts, focusing on the 1979 Sioux Falls case that Keith Carradine’s character Lou Solverson mentioned in the first season. According to Entertainment Weekly, Hawley said that Solverson will be the police officer at the center this time, as a 33-year-old returning Vietnam veteran.
“He thought he left the war behind, but he came back and here it is, it’s domestic,” Hawley said. “We will meet Molly’s mother, who was not a character in season 1 … and we’ll learn what happened to her. Ben Schmidt [Peter Breitmayer’s character] will factor in there somewhere. … There were a lot of clues left in the first season and we’ll do our best to hit those.”
Hawley noted that while Fargo isn’t directly a continuation of the coen Brothers movie, it was still heavily influenced by it obviously. TVFanatic reports that he said the first season was directly influenced by Fargo, No Country For Old Men and A Serious Man. Season 2 will borrow from Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Miller’s Crossing.
In addition, the first season’s case was a “once-in-a-lifetime crazy Coen brothers case,” which is why we won’t see Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) and Gus Grimly (Hanks) again, notes USA Today.
Fargo’s second season will be filmed in Calgary and will air next year.
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