When FX announced that Fargo was renewed for Season 2, the network also revealed that the 10-episode season will feature a whole new cast. However, one of the characters from Season 1, Keith Carradine's Lou Solverson, the retired cop and father of Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman), will be the focal point of the new storyline, which is set in the year 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Season 2 follows a 33-year-old Lou Solverson, who comes back from the Vietnam War and finds a whole new type of violence in Sioux Falls. Here's what series creator Noah Hawley had to say at the TCA Summer Tour.
"He thought he left the war behind, but he came back and here it is, it's domestic. We will meet Molly's mother, who was not a character in Season 1 ... and we'd learn what happened to her. Ben Schmidt (the police lieutenant played by Peter Breitmayer in the first season) who will factor in there somewhere ... there were a lot of clues left in the first season and we'll do our best to hit those."
In Season 1, Lou Solverson referenced a particularly grisly case he had in Sioux Falls back in 1979, which will be showcased in Season 2. Like Season 1, this season will be shot in Calgary, with the story taking place in Sioux Falls, Luverne, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota. None of the Season 1 stars will return, with Noah Hawley revealing he wants this season to stand on its own.
"I think it's going to be stand alone as a period piece."
However, the creator/executive producer did hint that, if the show was to return for Season 3, it's possible that the Season 1 stars will come back. He added that it would feel "disingenuous" to give Molly and Gus (Colin Hanks) another unorthodox case.
"I would like to see 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 Coen brothers case."
Molly Solverson will be featured, but as a young four-year-old girl. The executive producer also joked about how he broke the news to breakout star Allison Tolman, that she will not be returning this season.
"I spoke to Allison Tolman this morning and told her that unless she can channel her four-year-old self, (she won't be coming back)."
He also added why he decided to set this season in that year.
"That time period is really interesting in American history; post-Vietnam, post-Watergate, just before Ronald Reagan became president."
He also shot down the notion of employing the model used on FX's American Horror Story, where many of the same actors return to tell a different story each season.
"It gets hard to look past the actors ... I like the idea that the character comes first and hopefully the actor disappears into the role."
Noah Hawley added that Season 1 was inspired by Coen Brothers films such as Fargo, No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man, while Season 2 will draw from Fargo, Miller's Crossing and The Man Who Wasn't There. Here's what he had to say after listing those references.
"Let the Internet speculation begin."