While FX have not officially announced a renewal of their hit TV series Fargo, with ratings maintaining their position and fans and critics pleased, there is every reason to believe that this crime comedy drama will return for a third season.
The premiere episode of Season 2 attracted 1.59 million viewers, and has averaged an even 1.23 million viewers for Season 2 so far. Season 1 earned an average of 1.89 million viewers, so the drop in viewers from season 1 to 2 (which is almost always inevitable) was not considerable. While it may not be the highest rating earner on television, the viewers and critics that the series has attracted are very loyal, even to the point where the show might gain cult status, which is a good indicator of the show’s renewal. FX clearly understands that while not everyone will appreciate #Fargo’s dark yet quirky sense of humor, those that do will relish it and their certain devotion towards a third, fourth and even fifth season is the factor that will surely see this series renewed.
Series creator, Noah Hawley has joked that the third season will take place in the future, in a space station in the year 2555. Season 1 revolved around Molly Solverson, a young State Police Officer in @Fargo, Minnesota. The second season travels back to 1979, where young State Police Officer Lou Solverson (a relation of Molly’s) investigates a murder in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. Hawley has stated that the third season will however, not involve one of the Solverson family members.
#Fargo is loosely based on the Coen brothers’ film of 1996, which won the Oscar that year for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen as well as Best Actress in a Leading Role for Frances McDormand, who played Marge Gunderson, a pregnant State Police Officer working in @Fargo, Minnesota. As the film is well known, when the series of the same name first aired, viewers expected it to be based on the movie. But the first few episodes proved otherwise, then later in the season it was revealed that the series is connected to the film after all.
In the second season, there are many literal connections to the previous season. ”I feel like there will always be some connect, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be pivotal. It can be tangential, and but that’s as far as I’ve really thought about it.” Comments Hawley.
The show has definitely gained the respect of critics, one reviewer recently claimed: “It’s atypical in the television industry for a show born of a larger creative trend to surpass the trend’s flashpoint, but with the new season, Fargo puts itself head and shoulders above its anthology peers.”
Other critics, almost always giving Fargo two thumbs up, have remarked that Season 2 is one of the better dramas of a year filled with a high standard of excellent TV dramas.
What Hawley has done so expertly is to keep the original tone of the film (which is distinct in its idiosyncrasies) in his writing and depiction of the Fargo limited series. This could not have been easy to do, especially considering that the creators of the film, the Coen brothers, are known for their unique vision and
Have you been watching Season 2 of Fargo? Will you follow the series into a third season of eccentric characters and the odd yet engaging storytelling of this unique show?