Fargo was one of our favourite crime dramas from last year, so the excitement for the second series is palpable. There’s a lot of stuff on at the moment, which is great, but none of it quite like Fargo, which expertly mixes high farce and the macabre, and carries on the Coen brothers’ vision and tone with extreme elan. So, no, we can’t wait – and have been like that ever since it was announced a US premiere date had been set. But as is the norm with these things we’ve had to wait for British broadcaster, Channel 4, to announce its transmission date to UK audiences. Until now…
Before we let the date out of the bag, this is what we’re expecting in the second run: Set 30 years before the events of the first series, it follows a new ‘true crime’ story with a fresh set of characters and an all-star cast.
The new case takes place in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota, where Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst), a small town beautician with big city dreams, is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants. Her husband Ed (Jesse Plemons) wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it. Meanwhile, clean-cut young State Police Officer Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson) is investigating a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate.
Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson), an unflappable WWII veteran. Their investigation leads them to a colourful cast of characters including lawyer and flowery drunk Karl Weathers (Nick Offerman), new face of corporate crime Joe Bulo (Brad Garrett), his smiling number two Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine) and the Gerhardt crime family, currently led by matriarch Floyd (Jean Smart). In the first episode, an unexpected turn of events at a local diner disrupts the lives of the citizens in a small Minnesota town.
If that isn’t enough to get you excited, we don’t know what will.
Fargo: Monday 19th October, 9pm, Channel 4
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