fargo episode 8 the heap 'Fargo' EP Noah Hawley explains the time jump and what Season 2 might be“Fargo” took a surprising turn with episode 8, titled “The Heap,” when all of a sudden viewers found themselves a year in the future. Delightfully, Gus and Molly are married and expecting a baby. Not as delightful is that Lester is a successful insurance agent and married to his co-worker. But Lorne Malvo just came back into his life, which should prove interesting.

Earlier in the week, executive producer Noah Hawley spoke with select members of the media to address the time jump and what a second season might look like. Read on to find out what he had to say.

Q: What went into the decision to do the time jump forward? Why was that important to finish out the story?
Noah Hawley: I liked the idea that it felt like a real-life thing because obviously if these cases aren’t solved quickly, often they’re not solved at all or the case goes cold and then something new happens. So, I liked that idea, but it wasn’t until I literally slept on it and woke up the next morning and thought, “Well, she’s pregnant, that’s why we’re doing it.”

We’re doing it because in that year, things have happened to her personally where she and Gus are now married and she’s pregnant and suddenly it is the movie in a way, like you watch this whole thing thinking oh, it’s kind of like the movie but it’s not the movie, but then the minute that she’s pregnant again, you think wait a minute, now it is the movie in this strange way.

It’s a tricky line, but I did feel like once the pregnancy thing came to my head that the time jump felt justified on every level, and it allows us to sort of move all the characters forward. To move Lester forward to see his transformation complete and where he ends up and the kind of guy he is now as well as for Molly and Gus, and then, for Malvo, all you know is what you saw at the very end, but it’s good. I can’t wait for you to see nine, let me just say that.

Will any of the events in the year passed, will they be addressed in upcoming episodes?

The time jump was really — it was created, and if you saw the script, you
would see. We have that moment where Molly and Gus get into bed;
it’s a year later and she tells him that they’re doing good and he goes
to sleep and they’re watching TV and the camera drops down through the
bedding, and in the script it says and if it feels like that’s the end
of the movie — well, that’s on purpose. I purposely wanted to create a
moment in episode 8 that literally mimicked the end of the movie so that
everyone thought wait a minute, I thought there were two of these left,
is that it, is that where it’s ending?

And then, drop down through and
create a sort of disorienting moment where suddenly you’re in Las Vegas
and it’s some sales conference and it’s not until we reveal Lester
Nygaard that you realize oh yeah, we haven’t seen where Lester is a
year later, and look, he’s winning this award and then bring him into
direct contact with Malvo again in the same room and just leave people
with that. 

I think that the year jump was both to move the story
forward and also to sort of say maybe it’s an epilogue. Maybe we’re like
a year later and actually she’s doing pretty good and she’s still
thinking about it, but they got everything they need.

Will there be a showdown between Lester and Lorne?
Well, it certainly looks like that at the end as they’re, for the first time, in the room again. … The first episode is all about these two guys and then they’re never in a room again until this point, and hopefully, we’ve managed to keep everyone entertained and create a compelling story without that element, but certainly, bringing them together now in episode 8, I think hopefully it gives everyone exactly what they’ve been hoping for all along.

What would a second season of “Fargo” look like?
It would look like a new movie really. … I think if we were to do it again, you would see a
new movie with new characters, but ones that might have some connection
either to the first season or to the original movie, just not in a way
hopefully that you can predict or expect.

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."