Fargo scoop: FX chief John Landgraf just dropped two bits of news about season three of the Emmy-winning series.
We previously revealed the new season was expected to take place roughly a couple years after the first season, which was set in 2006. Talking to reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Saturday, Landgraf said they now have a precise date: 2010, which despite being set six years ago makes season 3 the most contemporary Fargo story yet.
Showrunner Noah Hawley also previously left open the possibility of characters returning to the show — presumably from season 1 and presumably played by the same actors, which would make it the first time a season of Fargo has used the same performer twice (aside from a brief flash-forward scene in season 2).
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“As far as I know, there is one [character returning],” Landgraf told reporters, adding he could not reveal who it was. And then cautioned: “That doesn’t mean [Hawley] might not change his mind and there might not be more.”
Hmm, the name that leaps to mind, of course, is breakout Allison Tolman — but she has a new ABC comedy pilot, Downward Dog, that might interfere. And there’s Martin Freeman, who is also quite busy, but did return to Fargo once already to narrate the opening of an episode of season 2. And then there’s perhaps the best bet: Keith Carradine, as his character Lou Solverson (played by Patrick Wilson in season 2) was significant in both seasons. Or Hawley could just totally surprise us, as he tends to do.
For more on Fargo, check out our feature story where we spent two days on the set of season 2 and had all-access to shadowing Hawley.