Fans of FX’s “Fargo” are in for a long wait as creator and showrunner Noah Hawley has confirmed that the FX anthology series will be skipping a year and won’t screen on the network in 2016.
The first season of the series premiered April 2014, the second October 2015, and it looks like the third will follow the eighteen month pattern with a Spring 2017 premiere. Speaking with The Fien Print, Hawley says:
“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. It’s also very important to me and my other producers, I think one of the strengths of the show is that we separate the writing from the production and we really take our time and we break the whole story and we write eight of the ten hours at least and we end up up there knowing exactly what we’re doing, exactly what the whole story is.
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.”
While the setup for the second season’s story was mentioned and teased in the first season, the just wrapped second season didn’t contain any suggestion as to where the third season will go:
“We didn’t tee up the story of season three within the body of season two. That said, it’s very exciting to now think once more ‘Well, what else can you do with Fargo? What other kind of movie can it be?’ It proved in its first year that it can be a sort of similar-but-different story to the actual film and then in the second year it proved that it can be a much larger epic that somehow managed to turn 1979 into a crime story and then in the third year, the question becomes, ‘Structurally and stylistically, what’s left to say?’ What do we do that feels, again, similar-but-different so that we’re not really repeating ourselves.”
The new season will be set in 2010, a few years after the events of the first. Sadly he confirms that none of the main characters from the first year will be back for the third:
“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…. That’s not to say that one of our story might not intersect with characters we’ve seen before for a certain period of time.”
The second season of “Fargo” is now available on FX and VOD services.