As regular readers of this site know (hello lots of new readers, by the way, thanks for swinging by) Fargo is one of my favourite shows. I’ve said it once and now I’ll say it again – Noah Hawley has done an exceptional job in retaining that Coen brothers’ feel and, ahem, executing that perfect mix of farce and violence. We’re just over half way through the second series here in the UK – well, we will be after tonight’s episode – and it’s shaping up to be another doozie. And there’s good news from its home channel in the US: it has been recommissioned for a third series.
The first series, set in the present day, told the story of hapless Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) who got himself tangled up with travelling hitman Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), while this second series has flashbacked to the late 1970s to follow Luverne policeman Lou Solverson as he tries to get to grips with a gang war between the local Gerhardt family and the mob from Kansas City. Add to that two more hapless civilians who have made bad mistakes, and you have a blueprint that Hawley has followed successfully, producing poetic, surreal and lyrical morality tales.
So the news that it’ll be returning for a third series is great news.
“Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement and, given Noah Hawley’s masterful storytelling, we can’t wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us,” said Eric Schrier, who made the announcement today with Nick Grad, his fellow President of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
The only question is which era will it be set – will it go back further in time, or jump back to the present day and meet up with Molly Solverson?
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