FX’s “Fargo“, which is inspired by the 1996 movie of the same name, concluded its 1st season with a highly satisfying ending last July. With references to the original movie by Joel and Ethan Coen, the series has unsurprisingly been renewed for the 2nd season as the 1st season was met with considerable acclaim.
The original series cast members including Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, and Martin Freeman will not return to the sophomore season as the series follows an anthology format. Thus, the new season is set in a different era along with a different story, cast and set of characters. Now, all thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have finally been given a first look at the 2nd season of “Fargo”.
The sophomore season is considered a prequel as it will be about a story dealing with the Sioux Falls incident in 1979. The incident was first referenced by Lou Solverson, a character portrayed by Keith Carradine in the 1st season. “Insidious” star Patrick Wilson is starring in it as a younger Lou, who was a State Police Officer before becoming the Lou’s Coffee Shop-owner.
“How I Met Your Mother” actress Cristin Milioti is on board to play Lou’s wife while Ted Dansson is playing Lou’s father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson. Both Lou and Hank will “sort out the sordid consequences” that were caused by a turf war between a local crime gang led by matriarch Floyd Gerhardt (played by Jean Smart) and a major out-of-town syndicate represented by Joe Bulo (played by Brad Garrett).
Take a look at the teasers below:
As usual, the teasers did not really reveal much, but they get the black-comedy tone across perfectly. Particularly the first one, in which the camera pulls back from an innocent-looking snowman face to reveal it’s perched atop a dead body. Twisted, hilarious, and weirdly lovable, just like “Fargo”.
Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are also starring in the series as beautician Peggy Blumquist and her supportive butchers assistant husband Ed respectively. On the surface, they’re the “normal” ones—until Peggy gets them pulled into a gangland war. “I have such an awesome arc to play, it’s like a 10-hour movie,” Dunst told EW. “It really escalates.” Plemons will shed his creepy Ricky Hitler persona from “Breaking Bad” and when speaking of his character in “Fargo”, he said, “He’s unfortunately, or fortunately, madly devoted to his wife“.
The official synopsis for the new season is as follows:
The all new “true crime” case in Fargo’s latest chapter takes you back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. “Lou Solverson” (Patrick Wilson), a young State Police Officer recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang, a major mob syndicate and a small town beautician “Peggy Blumquist” (Kirsten Dunst) along with her husband “Ed” (Jesse Plemons), the local butcher’s assistant. Helping Lou piece things together is his father-in-law, “Sheriff Hank Larsson” (Ted Danson).
The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes “Karl Weathers” (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will play “Joe Bulo,” the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate. The new face of corporate crime, Joe’s bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is “Mike Milligan” (Bokeem Woodbine). Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling – but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch “Floyd Gerhardt” (Jean Smart). With her husband at death’s door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, “Dodd Gerhardt” (Jeffrey Donovan). An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can’t wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. “Bear Gerhardt” (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. “Rye Gerhardt” (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog with a loud bark.
Created by Emmy Award winning executive producer Noah Hawley, the show is executive produced by Hawley, Warren Littlefield, John Cameron, and the Coen brothers. It is produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.
No further details regarding “Fargo” Season 2 were revealed, but it is set to premiere in October 2015 on FX.