Fans of “Fargo” have known for some time that Season 2 of the series would take place in 1979 and feature a younger version of Lou Solverson. Sunday (Jan. 18) at the 2015 winter TV press tour, FX CEO John Landgraf revealed a few more details.
“It covers something that was referenced in the first installment about Lou Solverson [Patrick Wilson], Molly Solverson’s father, which is the massacre in Sioux Falls,” Landgraf says. “It’s a big, sprawling, in some ways more comedic, although at times very serious show. It’s set in the late ’70s against the backdrop of Ronald Reagan’s campaign for president. Reagan is a character in it, and some movies he’s reputed to have made.”
Landgraf clarifies to Zap2it that there will be an actor playing Reagan as he makes a campaign stop in the region. The “movies he’s reputed to have made” is harder to explain, he says, but will play into the story as well.
While the Sioux Falls massacre will be a key part of Season 2, “A lot of what it’s about is the cultural transformation that was going on during that time. So it’s about the sense that the war has come home — Solverson is a Korea veteran. And it’s also about feminism, so there are some really significant female characters.”
Season 2 of “Fargo” will also star Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Ted Danson and Jean Smart. Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Keir O’Donnell, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Angus Sampson and Jeffrey Donovan will have recurring parts. Production is scheduled to start the week of Jan. 19 for a fall 2015 premiere.