The first season of FX's Fargo was met with skepticism when it was first announced — after all, why risk soiling the name of the Coen brothers' 1996 classic with a TV show that doesn't even continue its story? That turned out to be an unnecessary concern, however, as the show's totally new set of characters and plot was a fresh take on the gloomy, darkly funny atmosphere the Coens created with their original film. Now the series is coming back and there are a pair of new Fargo season 2 trailers to pore over until the first episode airs.
The first season had a stellar cast featuring Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks and Bob Odenkirk, but season 2 is just as strong. Patrick Wilson stars as a younger version of the same character Keith Carradine played in season 1, with Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons rounding out the main cast.
The first new trailer features Danson's Sheriff Hank Larsson and Wilson's Lou Solverson exchanging a few words (literally) while parked next to each other. It's a classic scene of quiet, dark humor that essentially sums up the entire onscreen world of Fargo. The second uses a bit of clever misdirection to show Dunst's Peggy Blomquist washing red dye off her hands after initially making us think it's blood.
Let's take a closer look:
The men of few words.
"Well, back on the clock."
Seven words. Thousands of questions. What are they drinking? Could Ted Danson look any better with a beard? Why is that Minnesota accent so damn funny? Does the Fargo logo slowly blot in over snow so as to initially look like blood?
Short and brilliant, really.
The hairdresser who wants more.
It becomes obvious eventually that she's washing dye, not blood off her hands, but the message is clear. What's the figurative blood on her hands? Who named that shop Dazzle? Will her client look better with red hair than before? Who does her hair?
Pressing questions and we won't know the answers until at least September.
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