Fargo was an unequivocal delight in its freshman outing, spinning a distinctly Minnesotan yarn of murder and mayhem that did the Coen Brothers proud, but the series will face another huge challenge when it returns this September: avoiding the sophomore slump.
Luckily, the best trailer yet for the second season suggests that creator/writer Noah Hawley is sticking to his guns. The preview features beatings, bloodstains, gunshots and chocolate glaze, and it all looks to be executed with the same mix of moral philosophy and dark humor that made the first season such a breakout success.
Jesse Plemons, Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Jeffrey Donovan, Bokeem Woodbine, Angus Sampson, Nick Offerman, Cristin Milioti, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin and Bruce Campbell make up the ensemble cast this time around.
Here’s the official synopsis:
The all new “true crime” case of Fargo’s new chapter travels back to 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer “Lou Solverson” (Wilson), recently back from Vietnam, investigates a case involving a local crime gang and a major Mob syndicate. Helping him piece things together is his father-in-law, “Sheriff Hank Larsson” (Danson). The investigation will lead them to a colorful cast of characters that includes “Karl Weathers” (Nick Offerman), the town lawyer of Luverne, Minnesota. A Korean War vet, Karl is a flowery drunk blessed with the gift of gab and the eloquence of a true con artist. Three-time Emmy winner Brad Garrett will play “Joe Bulo,” the front man for the northern expansion of a Kansas City crime syndicate.
The new face of corporate crime, Joe’s bringing a Walmart mentality to small town America. His number two is “Mike Milligan” (Bokeem Woodbine). Part enforcer, part detective, Mike is always smiling – but the joke is usually on you. Bulo and his crew have their sights set on the Gerhardt crime family in Fargo, currently led by matriarch “Floyd Gerhardt” (Smart). With her husband at death’s door, Floyd takes over the family business, frustrating her eldest son, “Dodd Gerhardt” (Jeffrey Donovan). An impatient hothead with a cruel streak to match his ambitions, Dodd can’t wait for both his parents to die so he can take over and expand their business from kingdom to empire. “Bear Gerhardt” (Angus Sampson) is the middle son, an intimidatingly large man who, although inarticulate, is the most decent of his clan. “Rye Gerhardt” (Kieran Culkin), the youngest of the Gerhardt clan, views himself as a big shot, but in reality he’s just a small dog who barks big.
Fargo returns in September.