Did you watch the TV adaptation of Fargo this season? If your answer is "Oh yah, you betcha," you'll be glad to hear the official announcement has been made on the show coming back for a second installment. During the first few episodes, I wasn't sure Fargo would be popular enough to get renewed, but it ended up being a critics' darling with a whopping 18 Emmy nominations (including the incredibly well-deserved Outstanding Lead Actor nominations for Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman, and Outstanding Supporting Actress for Allison Tolman. Even Colin Hanks nabbed an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination, although frankly I thought he was just okay in the role).
After the positive response to Fargo's first season, today's announcement that FX is moving forward with a second season isn't a huge surprise -- but if you were hoping for more Lorne Malvo and Lester Nygaard, you may be disappointed by where the Fargo story is going.
Just like HBO's True Detective, Fargo is an anthology, so each season will feature a new time period, a new story, and an all-new cast of characters. It's an interesting tactic, hooking the audience with stellar cast performances, then switching it up altogether -- but it certainly makes for some free PR as rumors fly about who will join the show. (The latest scuttlebutt on True Detective is that Colin Farrell and Taylor Kitsch will play the male leads in season 2.)
It's too early in the Fargo game to speculate about who will be cast, but I think it's safe to assume we'll be hearing more familiar phrases (Aw geez, What the heck d'ya mean?) and maybe more iconic moments from the original movie (wood chipper? Pancakes house?).
Fargo's executive producer and writer, Noah Hawley, says the anthology setup makes it easier to cast big stars for the show:
You can get a stellar cast because you're not asking them to commit to multiple seasons. It's like a movie for them.
Hawley also promises that season 2 will be just as compelling as the first:
I like the image that there's a big book out there, that's leatherbound with illustrations that's The History of True Crime in the Midwest. And the movie was chapter one. And the story we just told is chapter two. And we can do just another chapter. I did like that you started out the season thinking that the first season was not connected to the movie in any way and then you realize that it is.
By the way, the whole "Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred" Fargo shtick is fiction. For the original movie, Ethan Coen included the following in the introduction to Fargo's published screenplay: "[the film] aims to be both homey and exotic, and pretends to be true."
Are you glad Fargo is coming back for a second season? Any dream cast suggestions?
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