Last night, Fargo wrapped up its second season with a terrific finale that brought the 1979 storyline to a close with a few unexpected callbacks to the first season. Fargo’s third season is already in the works, but it’s going to be over a year before it returns to FX.
“It’s a winter show, for better or worse, and this winter, there is not time to shoot another year before this winter is over,” said Noah Hawley in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re going through the writing process now. I’ve written the first hour and we’re about half-way through breaking the season and we’ll be writing over the next few months with the idea that we’ll go into production, much like our first year, we’ll be shooting in November and hopefully back on the air in the spring of 2017.”
There is another potential reason why Fargo won’t be around in 2016. Hawley has become FX’s go-to-writer, and he’s preparing the X-Men spinoff series, Legion for a potential pilot shoot in early 2016. Hawley is also adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle for FX, which wouldn’t leave a lot of time for Hawley to immediately turn around another season of Fargo.
Hawley also confirmed that the third season of Fargo will take place in 2010, four years after the first season’s storyline.
“I like the idea that we’re now living in a very selfie-oriented culture where people photograph what they’re eating and put it up for other people to see,” Hawley told The Hollywood Reporter. “It feels like a social dynamic that is very antithetical to the sort of Lutheran pragmatism of the region.”
Although the near present day timeline could allow Allison Tolman and other Fargo season 1 stars to reprise their roles in guest spots or cameos, Hawley stressed that they would not be the focus of the third season.
“As much as I love those actors and characters, the dangers of bringing them back and putting them through their paces for another sort of crazy case is that then the artifice of the whole thing becomes too clear and suddenly it just feels like we’re doing it because it’s fun and we like them, but we’ve broken our own rules,” Hawley said. “That’s not to say that one of our stories might not intersect with characters we’ve seen before for a certain period of time.”
THR’s full interview with Hawley can be found here, and it includes his thoughts about the future for a few of Fargo season two’s surviving characters.
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