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'Fargo's' Noah Hawley Drops Some Season Two Details: It'll Be 'A Lot Bigger'

By Vivian Kane | Industry | January 6, 2015 |

By Vivian Kane | Industry | January 6, 2015 |

As we all look forward to another season of Fargo, creator Noah Hawley has given us some new details. We already knew that season two would focus on a younger Lou Solverson and the previously (if vaguely) mentioned Sioux Falls. Now Hawley tells us,

The scope of the storytelling this season is a lot bigger—thematically, on a character level, and story-wise. It has more of an epic feel to it. That’s exciting. Within that expansion, we’re still holding onto that Fargo tone. My feeling was that Joel and Ethan never repeat themselves, so the show would be false if we just tried to do the same thing again. We should take their example.

Last year, you could call it a four-hander—Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman were really the core. We’ve probably doubled that in terms of the characters that we’re really invested in this time. Their stories are all connected. You’re essentially seeing different perspectives on the same story.

Okaaaaayyyy. I’m making an active decision here and now to just give over and trust Hawley. The tight, contained scope of the first season was what really made it work in many ways, and doubling that (especially when part of the doubling involves Kirsten Dunst) doesn’t seem like the best move. But you know what else didn’t seem like the best move? A Fargo TV show to begin with. So yes, I reserve judgement. For now. Plus, Hawlz (let’s try out that nickname for a while, can we?) has a way of making the season sound incredibly badass.

North Dakota is the frontier, even in ‘79. It’s a frontier mentality, and there is a Western feel to [the season]. It’s not the ’70s in a Boogie Nights way, but it was the hangover, the morning after the ’60s, the moment before Ronald Reagan came in with his “shining city on a hill.” The idea is this was the lowest moment in American history since the Depression.

While I would definitely watch a Boogie Nights-inspired Fargo, with a bell-bottomed Lou Solverson immersed in the seedy, cutthroat world of North Dakota porn and disco, I’ll admit that this maybe sounds like a slightly better idea.

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