Last week, FX renewed their critically-acclaimed drama series Fargo for Season 3, with just two episodes remaining in Season 2. Much like FX's horror anthology series American Horror Story, each season of Fargo will feature a different setting with new characters, although there will be connections to each season before it. Entertainment Weekly caught up with series creator Noah Hawley, who revealed that the third season will take place a few years after Season 1.
"It's more contemporary. It's set a couple years after Season 1."
Season 1 of Fargo was set in the year 2006, but Season 2 is set in 1979. While each season features a completely new set of actors, there is a connection between the first two seasons in Lou Solverson. Lou was played by Keith Carradine in the first season, with Patrick Wilson portraying his younger counterpart in 1979. In the first season, Lou spoke about one of his most grisly murder cases ever, known as the "Massacre at Sioux Falls," which this current season is leading up to. When asked about the potential for Season 1 or Season 2 characters to return in Season 3, Noah Hawley had this to say.
"There are going to be connections, the way the first year was connected to the movie and the second year was connected to the first, but I think part of the fun is figuring that stuff out and I wouldn't want to take that away from anybody. here will be definitely things that connect to something in our story."
While the series creator wouldn't give the specific year that Season 3 is set in, he did confirm that it won't be set in present day. Much like the original Fargo movie, the events portrayed in the series claim to be "based on true events." Fargo filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, who serve as executive producers on the FX series, revealed years later that their movie is not based on actual events. Noah Hawley added that, because of this "true story" format, each season has to be set at least a few years before present day.
"The idea of the 'true story' is it always has to be at least a few years ago, because the idea is we finally know what really happened and it took time - because the book doesn't come out until five or six years after."
FX hasn't revealed how many episodes they ordered for Season 3, but it will likely be a 10-episode season like the first two seasons before it. What do you think about the new season of Fargo being set a few years after Season 1? Are there any characters from the first two seasons that you would like to see return? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more on Fargo, which airs Monday nights at 10 PM ET on FX.