Fargo Season 2: Everything We Know So Far

Apparently, it's still a true story

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Over a year has passed since the first season of Fargo premiered, silencing all those who naturally assumed a television reworking of the Coen Brothers' 1996 film was a bad move (pretty much all of us then).

That it was one of the most audacious seasons of television we've seen in a long time came as a surprise – and naturally has us chomping at the bit for season two.

Thankfully, we've not long to wait. Airing in October, here's a round-up of all the details you need to know.

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1 | The season one link

Much like True Detective, Fargo's second season has ditched the entirety of season one's cast to focus on a different story, equipped with a new set of characters. That is, save for one: the story will focus on a young Lou Solverson – the former cop who you'll most remember pouring drinks in his Bemidji coffee shop while dishing out sage advice to his detective daughter, Molly (Allison Tolman). It seems his references to a grizzly incident in Sioux Falls, South Dakota are to be explored...

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2 | The story

Set in 1979, the season follows a 33-year-old Lou as he returns from Vietnam. A state policeman, Lou is tasked with investigating a turf war between a local crime family and a mob syndicate – a job that becomes confused when another syndicate from Kansas City arrives in town. Much akin to season one, expect deadly crossed wires; look no further than when Lou describes the Sioux Falls masscare to Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in season one's penultimate episode:

"Probably if you stacked [the bodies] high, you could've climbed to the second floor. I saw something that year I ain't ever seen before or ever since. I'd call it animal, except animals only kill for food."

It seems we're in for even more blood-spattered snow than before.
 

3 | The characters

Patrick Wilson (WatchmenInsidious) will assume the role of young Lou and, while his daughter Molly will reappear (as a sprog) as well as Duluth's Lt Schmidt (the commanding officer of Colin Hanks' Gus), everybody else is new. Lou's father-in-law, Hank Larsson – the local sheriff – will be played by (a bearded) Ted Danson. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons (terrifying Todd in Breaking Bad) will star as married couple Peggy and Ed Blomquist, while comedian Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson) plays local resident Karl Weathers – quite how they get embroiled in the action remains to be seen. If that's not enough, Bruce Campbell will recur as Ronald Reagan who "makes a swing" through Fargo while on his first campaign.
 

4 | The teasers

A recent slew of teasers haven't so much as given away anything additional about the plot than reassured fans that season one's tone has been restored. You can watch a selection below:


 

5 | The Coen Brothers remain a key influence

...and perhaps even more so than before. While Joel and Ethan continue to serve as executive producers, showrunner Noah Hawley has told fans to look to other Coen films for hints on the direction season two is headed – namely Miller's Crossing and The Man Who Wasn't There. With the mob featuring quite heavily in the plot, Miller's Crossing doesn't come as much surprise, but the latter is definitely intriguing: could there be a a Billy Bob Thornton cameo? A black and white episode? An alien subplot? Whatever it is, we're signed up.  

Fargo begins in the states in October, with Channel 4 expected to air soon after  

Are you excited for season 2?

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