If you didn’t catch FX’s excellent first season of Fargo, kick yourself in the backside and go find it right now. Not only is it full of great characters and actors (Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Keith Carradine, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Russell Harvard, Adam Goldberg), the series also manages to perfectly capture the Coen’s black sense of humor, while maintaining its own uniqueness. It’s not at all necessary to have seen the Coen’s film; if you have, you’ll only enjoy the series more. Have I gushed enough yet? Probably not.
Of all its quirky, wonderful characters, breakout star Allison Tolman is one of the best. Smart and gorgeous — yes, even in a parka — her Molly Solverson is the smartest deputy in town. The daughter of former cop Lou (Carradine), Molly clearly inherited her father’s intelligence; she’s able to see past individual events, and put them together like the puzzle pieces they are.
Writer/creator Noah Hawley has wisely series details close to the vest, but as season 2 was announced, he mentioned that a young Lou Solverson would be involved, and the setting would be 1979 Soux Falls:
“That time period is interesting — post-Vietnam, post-Watergate … the best of America versus worst. That sense, I think, that this war had come home with people, and the violence and brutality of it. Lou Salverson went to Vietnam and came home, but now he’s come back and it’s here — it’s domestic.”
At the Emmys, when asked if he’d give any further details, Hawley said,
“It’s about strong women, season two. There’s a lot of strong women; obviously we’re following Lou Solverson, a very strong male character, but I love that [a strong woman] was the heart of the movie, and with Allison in season one, so that’s what we’re steering toward.”
I can’t wait to see who is cast as the young Lou/Carradine, and Molly’s mother. The second season of Fargo will air in the fall, 2015.