Fargo returns to FX with its much-awaited second season, this Monday, 12 October. The "true crime" anthology series delivers a chilling new tale set in 1979. Will the new season match up to the critical and commercial success of its predecessor or will it go the True Detective season 2 way?
According to the official synopsis for Fargo season 2, the new chapter in the series leaps back in time from 2006 (season one) to 1979. Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson), a young state trooper recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a mob syndicate.
The investigation leads him to a host of colourful characters including a small town beautician named Peggy Blomquist (Kirsten Dunst) and her husband Ed (Jesse Plemons), the local butcher's assistant. Helping Lou piece things together is his father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson (Ted Danson). A plot description for the premiere episode titled Waiting For Dutch states that, "an unexpected turn of events at a diner disrupts the lives of the citizens in a small Minnesota town."
Series creator Noah Hawley previously told Variety that although season 2 is a complete departure from the original series, fans will still get to see some familiar elements shared between the two seasons. Hawley, however, reiterated that not only will the story and the cast change, but fans and viewers will also notice a difference in the overall style and treatment.
"It is a complete reinvention," the showrunner said. "It is a completely new story. It evokes the things you remember from the movie and at the end of the first year (season 1)."