For "Fargo" fans still getting over all of the carnage of the Sioux Falls Massacre, executive producer Noah Hawley says they can take all the time they need -- "Fargo" is not coming back anytime soon. In fact, Hawley says fans should not expect the third season of the FX series to air until the spring of 2017. Okay then!
During a conference call with members of the press, Hawley was managing expectations about how long the next installment of the popular crime anthology series will take to hit the small screen.
“The reality is you won’t see it in 2016,” Hawley said, according to Variety. “It’s a winter show for better or worse. There is not time to shoot another year before this winter is over.”
The snowy, brutal winters of Fargo, North Dakota -- the show actually films in Calgary -- are a trademark of the series and Hawley is content to wait for the winter. That is nothing new for "Fargo." Season 1 premiered on April 15, 2014, then held off until the winter to film Season 2, which ultimately premiered in October 2015. That is almost an 18-month gap between seasons, so spring 2017 is not an unexpected target for Season 3. However, it is very unusual for a show to buck the seasonal TV schedule. Even other anthology shows, like HBO's "True Detective" and FX's "American Horror Story," air their seasons at more or less the same time of the year each year.
"Fargo," though is not a normal show. In fact, Season 3 will also feature a drastic time jump, returning to modern times, according to Entertainment Weekly. The new story will take place in 2010.
“Our first year was set in 2006, but we didn’t really deal with what it’s like to be in that region in a more contemporary world,” said Hawley. “I like the idea that we’re now living in a very selfie-oriented culture — people photograph what they’re eating and put it up for other people to see — it feels like a social dynamic that is very antithetical to the Lutheran pragmatism of the region. So much of our crime stories are based around the difficulty people have expressing themselves and communicating.”
That is certainly keeping with one of the show's biggest themes. In the Season 2 finale, aging cop Hank Larsson (Ted Danson) confessed he was trying to create a universal, picture-based language to solve the human problem of miscommunication, a problem responsible for much of the season's violence.
So, "Fargo" Season 3 will skewer selfie culture, that is, if selfies are still a thing when the show returns in 2017.
Watch a scene from Season 2 of "Fargo" below: