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Fargo Season 2 Travels Back to Post-Vietnam Era with Lou Solverson

Keith Carradine

Aw jeez! The second season of Fargo will be a family affair.

At the Television Critics Association fall previews on Monday, Fargo creator Noah Hawley announced the time period for the second season. “If you were paying attention to Season 1, we made a lot of reference to Sioux Falls, [South Dakota]. That was not an accident,” he said. “It will take place in 1979 and take place around … Luverne, Minnesota and Fargo and Sioux Falls.”

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In the first season, cop-turned-diner owner Lou Solverson (Keith Carradine) often mysteriously referred to a major incident that occurred back in Sioux Falls. At the time, he was 33-years-old and recently back from the Vietnam War. “Lou Solverson is a state police officer. His wife Betsy, her dad is the sheriff of Rock County,” Hawley said. “[Lou’s] father-in-law is a character in this next go-round. I don’t know if we see any other Solversons… I’m excited to spend time with Molly’s mom.” He also added that Molly did not get her plucky spirit only from her dad.

One more character from Season 1 will travel back in time to Season 2. Lt. Ben Schmidt (Peter Breitmayer), who was the commanding officer of Gus Grimley (Colin Hanks), was also at Sioux Falls during that time.

Casting has not begun yet, but since Lou’s daughter Molly will only be 4 in 1979, breakout star Allison Tolman will not reprise her Emmy-nominated role and most likely will not play her mother Betsy because Hawley said it felt “gimmicky” but acknowledged “she should be in everything everyone ever makes as far as I’m concerned.”

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Hawley, who is a big fan of the Coen Bros. other films, will continue the homage in the second season. The first season he drew on Fargo, No Country for Old Men and A Serious Man. He revealed that Season 2 will be influenced by Fargo, Miller’s Crossing and The Man Who Wasn’t There. “Let the Internet speculation begin,” he said.

Season 2 of Fargo, which won’t air until at least fall 2015, will begin shooting in January and return back to the Calgary area. Preliminary scouting has already begun. Rewatch the first season here.


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