Whoa! Did That Really Just Happen on Fargo?! You Betcha! And Here's Why...

Executive Producer Noah Hawley explains what went into the show's riskiest move yet

By Kristin Dos Santos Jun 04, 2014 3:17 AMTags
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Chills on top of chills. Right?

Anyone who watched FX's Fargo tonight knows that it was perhaps the best episode of dramatic television all season long—with a game-changing twist that no one saw coming.

Spoiler Alert: Read only if you've seen tonight's episode!

Right in the middle of the episode…right around the 30 minute mark...It happened. The series panned away to scenery and then blammo! Time-jumped forward an entire year, married off three main characters, knocked up the show's female lead, and perhaps the biggest surprise of all: Fixed Billy Bob Thornton's hair!

We. Are. Not. Worthy.

This FX series just keeps getting better.

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So why did executive producer and writer Noah Hawley decide to jump forward a one full year, doing the kind of thing most TV shows would save for a series finale? After all, there are still two episodes left of season one.

Turns out, he wasn't so sure about the idea at first. "One of the writers, Steve Blackman, suggested we do a time jump," Hawley recalls, "and there was part of me that felt like it might feel gimmicky and I wanted to sleep on it….And I 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!'

Hawley also revealed in his call with reporters that another season of Fargo is a very real possibility.

"A second saeson would look like a new movie, really," he explains. "I really liked that when FX said we want to do Fargo, we're wondering if you can do it without Marge, by which they meant without any of the characters from the movie, by which they meant can you write us a new Coen brothers' movie…So, I think if we were to do it again, you would see a new movie with new characters but one 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."

Anyone else on board for a second season of this brilliant series? Post your "You're darn tootin's!" in the comments section. 'Cause we know you can't stop talking like that either.