FX and Noah Hawley’s Fargo has accomplished something that few other film-to-TV adaptations could imagine: extending and expanding the core narrative without sacrificing the magic of its source inspiration. After three wildly different seasons — including new casts, eras, and settings — there’s really no way to know what to expect next (sometime in 2019).
Unless your name happens to be Noah Hawley. And he’s talking. Let’s listen…
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Hawley is going back in time for Fargo Season 4, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the timeline in Season 2. He explains to THR:
“I now have an idea that’s less in the corner of my eye and more in front of me. I don’t have a lot of time right now to focus on it. What I can say is that it will be another period piece.”
Fargo Season 2 took place during the 1970s and the narrative focused on the Solverson family of cops, whom we met in Season 1. Lou Solverson was a major character in both; he was played by Keith Carradine in Season 1 and Patrick Wilson in Season 2. Season 4 also goes back in time (but it’s uncertain if the Solversons are players). Hawley, however, does love random cameos, so you never know.
Hawley also expressed his long-term vision for the show:
“More and more as I think about telling stories in this vein and what the original film is about, these are really American stories and stories about the American landscape, and the things that people do for money. I feel like I have a very interesting and exciting direction to go in. I’m trying to find the time to get it down on paper.”
Ah ha! I spot a theme. Both the film and TV iterations of Fargo have explored the foolish and evil things people will do for money, but there’s also a focus on the impacts these characters have on their surrounding communities. Fargo makes the cautionary case that if super crazy stuff can happen in the snowy flatlands of upper Minnesota and the Dakotas, it can happen anywhere.
I grew up in and around small and rural towns outside of Detroit — Fargo is often more real than you might want to believe.
That said, Fargo‘s storylines have been getting a bit more surreal with each passing year. Consider the strange alien sequences and sidebars over the past two seasons, for example. So, just how much weird is Hawley willing to get?
“I’m always interested in trying to expand the definition [of the series]. Fargo can be this, but can it also be this? The only reason to make another one is if you’re going to do something different. We’ve made 30 hours of the show so far, and the last thing I ever want is for someone to say, ‘You know, it’s Fargo. They do their Fargo thing, and it’s funny.’ If you have this tone of voice and this ability to channel this Coen brothers’ sensibility, you just don’t want to repeat yourself, because they never do.”
There you have it. Hawley is committed to telling unique stories and avoiding repetition — that’s awesome. Fargo has been anything but predictable, and that’s really what I’m hoping Season 4 provides. Sure, I’m excited to learn about the cast and the storyline, but what I’m looking forward to are the surprises and new stuff. Fargo is one of the best shows on TV… but damn, 2019 is a long ways off.
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