After several teasers over the last few weeks, we’ve finally got our hands on a proper trailer for series two of Fargo – the Coen brothers-inspired TV series that does for the American Midwest what Martin Scorcese did for New York.
Still, despite the fact that the world of Fargo has previously existed as both a movie and the preceding TV series, there’s very little we know about this year’s run because it takes place before either of the other two stories. Yes, it’s a bit confusing; the Oscar-winning film that inspired the series was set in 1996 and last year’s series took place in 2006, but for the next season we’re heading all the way back to 1979.
There is a reason for that, though – we’re witnessing the early days of policeman Lou Solverson, one of Fargo’s few returning characters who was played by Keith Carradine in last year’s TV run but is now portrayed by Watchmen’s Patrick Wilson (with Allison Tolman’s main character deputy Molly Solverson also appearing as a little girl). Throughout Fargo series one, Carradine’s elder Solverson referred back to dangerous events that took place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and that’s where we find ourselves in the new trailer – but what else is going on?
Well, it looks an awful lot like there’s another murderous conspiracy afoot, with dead bodies in a diner, mobsters looking for people and a fearsome matriarch (Jean Smart) refusing to hand over her boy to the cops. But then there’s also self-help seminars, men hiding in garages, tense bingo nights, mysterious bounty hunters and shoes stuck in trees all accompanied by glorious Midwestern accents. Basically, it’s weird and wonderful business as usual – just as President Reagan (Bruce Campbell) is coming through the area for a visit.
“The scope of the story-telling this season is a lot bigger, it has more of an epic feel to it,” showrunner Noah Hawley told EW last December, and given what we’ve seen so far, that certainly seems to be the case. The only thing we can be sure of this year is that Solverson senior and junior survive to tell the tale and appear in the first series – but as for anyone else, all bets are off.
Other analysis will have to wait until we get more footage, but when the series comes to TV we wouldn’t be surprised to see some kind of link back to the original Coen Brothers movie. After all, the suitcase of money that formed a large part of that film’s plot played a pivotal role in the first run of the TV series when a character found it so perhaps we’ll get some kind of nod towards what will happen in 1996? Maybe even a cameo from Frances McDormand’s legendary Marge Gunderson…
Fargo series 2 will air on Channel 4 later this year, with an ensemble cast including Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Nick Offerman, Cristin Milioti and Kieran Culkin.