Some details for season two of Fargo have been announced, but first, while we’re on the subject of FX awesomeness, let’s get the Louie good news/bad news out of the way. The good news: in waiting for season 5 to start, we’re not going to have the ungodly 19-month wait we did before season 4. The show is set to return in the spring of 2015. The bad news, though? We may get Louie back sooner, but we’re getting a whole lot less of him. Season five will only be seven or eight episodes (compared to season 4’s fourteen). Here’s hoping they’ll go back to releasing only one episode a week because, while I never thought I would ask for LESS Louie, if the show only runs for four weeks, I’d inevitably spend the next four in a pile of reruns anyway.
Okay, back to Fargo! We were told from the very beginning that Fargo would be a show like True Detective: that as much as we may love the characters and the world of the show, they would not return for season two, and each season would exist independently of each other. Well, sort of. Writer/executive producer Noah Hawley said today at a press conference,
If you were paying attention to Season 1, we made a lot of references to Sioux Falls. That was deliberate. The next 10-hour movie is going to be the story of Sioux Falls. It takes place in 1979. The stories are set in Luverne, Minn., Fargo and Sioux Falls.So we don’t have to leave behind everything we grew to love in season one. We’ll still have Lou! And maybe a baby Molly. Hawley joked that they were going to “CG old Keith Carradine performances.” (But I’m going to pretend like that was said in earnest if no one minds, okay?)
You would meet Molly’s mother, who was not a character in Season 1, and may learn what happened to her. There was one other person in that rodeo, Ben Schmidt [Peter Breitmayer], the lieutenant who was there.
I like the idea that somewhere out there is a big, leather-bound book that’s the history of true crime in the Midwest, and the movie was Chapter 4, Season 1 was Chapter 9 and this is Chapter 2. You can turn the pages of this book, and you just find this collection of stories. … But I like the idea that these things are connected somehow, whether it’s linearly or literally or thematically. That’s what we play around with.
I would say if the three movies that influenced Season 1 were Fargo, No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man, this year we are in Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There. So let the Internet speculation begin.Consider it done.