At the Television Critics Association press tour yesterday, FX dropped the news that Fargo will indeed return for a second season, and creator Noah Hawley was pretty forthcoming about what that will look like. Not one for the pretentious secrecy surrounding some anthology series—cough cough True Detective cough cough—Hawley gave critics enough details about the upcoming season to tantalize without spoiling. So, here's what we know.
It will take place in 1979 and feature some familiar characters
Fargo season two will be a prequel of sorts to the first season, taking place in 1979, and focusing on Lou Solverson, the father of the first season's hero cop Molly Solverson. Denise Martin of Vulture reported that Hawley told reporters: "It was the best of America vs. the worst of America. There was a sense this war had come home with people. Lou fought in Vietnam, came home and thought he’d left the war behind and here it is. It’s domestic now." In particular, the season will dramatize the events surrounding the mysterious incident in Sioux Falls that former state trooper Lou alluded to in the first season episode "A Fox, a Rabbit, and a Cabbage." In case you forgot TV.com has the exchange between Billy Bob Thornton's Lorne Malvo and Lou, in which Lou said: "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."
But your favorite actors won't be returning
Sorry, folks, no Allison Tolman as Molly in this season. "I spoke to Allison Tolman this morning and told her that unless she can channel her four-year-old self, we wouldn't be able to have her in season two," Hawley said, per The Hollywood Reporter. He also waved off the possibility of Tolman playing her character's own mother. "She should be in everything anyone ever makes. But I don't know, it seems a little gimmicky," Hawley said. Since Lou will be a 33-year-old, that also means that Keith Carradine will not reprise his role.
It's leaving Bemidji
The season will take place in Sioux Falls, Laverne, Minnesota, and, of course, Fargo.
It's drawing different Coen inspiration
The first season was the spiritual cousin of Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and A Serious Man, Hawley explained, according to THR. The second season, however, will draw from Fargo, Miller's Crossing, and The Man Who Wasn't There.
It won't be here soon
The show will likely come back fall 2015. Uff da.