Patrick Wilson appeared on Entertainment Weekly‘s Sirius Radio show to talk about the upcoming second season of FX’s Fargo, and it sounds like we have a lot to look forward to. Sure, actors are kind of obligated to build up their projects when doing the media rounds, but since the first season of Fargo really delivered, it’s not out of the question to expect a similarly spectacular season.
Wilson’s role in Fargo is actually a bit unique — he’s playing a character we’ve actually met before, Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in the first season and was the father of Allison Tolman’s Molly Solverson. So he expected a few questions about that and came prepared with answers. This is how he described playing a younger version of Carradine’s character to EW:
“…[W]hat I love is seeing the weight that he carries about how it affected him. And then [now] watching a must [sic] different Lou, a much more earnest Lou trying to make his way through this and constantly seeing doors shoved in his face and dealing with coming back from a war and not knowing where you stand and where the country is and you see all these atrocities at war and these atrocities are coming back to my little town in Luverne? So that’s where I think it’s very different. I think epic is the word.”
That’s not even the only time he uses the word “epic” to describe the second season. He also uses it when discussing joining the cast and how showrunner Noah Hawley approached a new season that takes place in another time period, running on the political capital of the first season:
“[H]is vision of this show and the way that he can map out this entire epic… and it really is epic this season.”
That’s two “epics”! Three counting the other time! I think if Fargo is trying to raise expectations, it’s succeeding. And hopefully, it won’t suffer the same fate as True Detective and completely alienate its audience.