Writer-Producer Noah Hawley has dropped some rather major clues about Fargo Season 2.
During a panel discussion at yesterday’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, the creator said the next installment of his hit drama will chronicle the case Lou Solverson often reference from Sioux Falls in 1979.
The 10-episode season will be set in that year and mostly in that state and will feature a 33-year old version of Solverson, a state cop having recently returned from fighting in Vietnam.
"He thought he left the war behind, but he came back and here it is, it’s domestic,” Hawley teased. “We will meet Molly’s mother, who was not a character in [Fargo Season 1]... and we’ll learn what happened to her... There were a lot of clues left in the first season and we’ll do our best to hit those."
The writer said the first season’s cinematic inspirations came from the Coen brothers films Fargo, No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man.
As for Season 2? Look for Hawley to borrow from Fargo, Miller’s Crossing, and The Man Who Wasn’t There.
Hawley added the original cast will not return for season 2.
"I would like nothing more than to see the continuing adventures of Molly and Gus, but it felt like it would be disingenuous to give them another crazy," he said, adding that "it gets hard to look past the actors" when you cast the same stars in different seasons and:
"I like the idea that the character comes first and hopefully the actor disappears into the role."
Fargo Season 2 will film in Calgary and likely premiere in the fall of 2015.
That gives you plenty of time to watch Fargo online and familiarize yourself a bit with Lou Solverson.