You must know by now that we’re huge fans of Fargo, Noah Hawley’s take on the Coen brothers’ quirky cinematic masterpiece from 1996. The first series starred the likes of Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Allison Tolman; while the second gave us great performances from the likes of Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson and Bokeem Woodbine (still the best name in the world). Now we know who will take the lead female role in series three.
It has been a good day today, not least because there were stories regarding two of what I would call the Big Three of current crime dramas. One is The Bridge (see that story here), and the other is Fargo (the last one of the three is Happy Valley). Fargo is one of my absolute favourite current series, one that expertly sustains the Coen brothers’ legacy. Noah Hawley, the exec-producer and co-creator, has been talking to Californian-based radio station KCRW about many things, including the third series of Fargo.
Make no mistake, Fargo is one of our favourite crime dramas. The US show, which takes its lead from the Oscar-winning Coen brothers’ movie, is often dazzling in its style, structure and playfulness. Series three is on the way next year, and the first piece of casting news has trickled through. And it’s exciting. Very exciting.
It didn’t take very long for this second series of Fargo to settle down. When it did, it was evident that this was going to be something special. We’ve had it all – humour, tension, farce, suspense, extreme violence and a cast of characters that you felt truly emotionally connected to. Episode eight might have been the best hour of television this year. That’s not to say there haven’t been times along the road where you were shouting at your TV screen (PEGGY WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST CALL THE COPS WHEN YOU RAN RYE GERHARDT DOWN? WE COULD HAVE AVOIDED ALL THIS BLOODSHED), but I like dramas like that because I trust someone like Noah Hawley to deliver the answers in time. And those answers were delivered in this finale.
After last week’s incredible, edge-of-your-seat episode it was time to re-enter the crazy world of Fargo knowing full well it was the penultimate episode and the hugely suspenseful episode eight may have just been a precursor to even more suspenseful, hand-over-mouth moments. Especially because this was the episode where the fabled Massacre Of Sioux Falls would finally take place. And make no mistake, it was a massacre.
For an episode and a half we haven’t seen Ed and Peggy Blumquist, that dysfunctional, mismatched couple who have made bad decision after bad decision. The last we saw of them Peggy had survived Dodd Gerhardt and his gang’s attempt to take her out, while we saw Ed telephone Kansas City’s Mike Milligan to tell them he had Dodd in the boot of his car and wanted to make a deal. Other than that we didn’t really know how Ed and Peggy got to that point. Stand by – all those questions were about to be answered in stunning style.
Not so long ago, this site reported that Fargo would be getting a third series, which was marvellous news. If the first series was terrific, the second has, in some ways, been even better. Since the news broke that showrunner Noah Hawley would be getting together a third series, speculation on which era the show would be set has been rife. Hawley has now revealed a few nuggets that might answer a few questions.