There are a lot of pop culture events to look forward to in 2015 but as far as television goes, the return of the miniseries [Fargo](series:1076400) is pretty high up at the top of my list. Few things have combined comedy and violence as well as the first season of Fargo did. Yeah, you might have to go back to the original Coen Bros movie for a similar distinctive mix of dark comedy and people behaving oh so badly.
One of the reasons that the Fargo television show was such a delight could be due to the fact that no one really knew what to expect. So with expectations now set firmly in the High register, how is season 2 of Fargo going to top itself?
5. Sioux Falls, 1979
Fans of the first season will recall the blood curdling tales that former police officer Lou Solverson would tell of Sioux Falls and the massacre that happened there after he returned from Vietnam and joined the force. Not only will the post-Vietnam era serve as a great backdrop for the story - the inevitability of the tragic events Lou spoke of will certainly give the whole season an unstoppable momentum.
The second season of Fargo is diving right into this bloody incident and the character of Lou, who was memorably played by Keith Carradine in season 1, is set to be played by Patrick Wilson this time around. You can probably expect a child actress to play a very young Molly Solverson and we'll likely see Molly's mom as well.
4. The Gerhardt Crime Family
How do you top the creeptacular performance of Billy Bob Thornton from season one? Fargo's second season looks like it will be pulling a 180 and making one of the primary villains the family of Jean Smart's gangster matriarch Floyd Gerhardt. The amazing cast of this second season includes Kieran Culkin as Rye Gerhardt, her youngest son; Burn Notice's Jeffrey Donovan as Dodd Gerhard her eldest son; and Insidious' Angus Sampson as the inarticulate (possibly craziest?) middle son, Bear Gerhardt.
3. The Bloomquists
Kirsten Dunst and Friday Night Lights' Jesse Plemons (Landry!) will star as Peggy and Ed Blomquist. Kirsten will play a small town beautician who is gets swept up in the women's rights movement of the late 70's while her husband Ed dutifully tries to support her even though he can't quite wrap his head around what is going on. If there is anyone who might be able to outdo Martin Freeman's as-shucks midwestern performance from the first season, it is indeed Jesse Plemons.
2. Ted Danson
The father figure in season 2 of Fargo will be none other than Ted Danson as the father-in-law to Patrick Wilson's Lou. While Ted Danson can do just about anything, his evil bad guy turn on Damages is still stuck in my head, it's his comedic roles that I love best. Yes, sure, there were his years on Cheers, but his more recent appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm and his underrated performance on Bored to Death are where he really shines. Fargo creator Noah Hawley said that season 2 is shaping up to be a more comedic than the first one and I have no doubt that Ted Danson is one of the reasons why.
1. Nick Offerman as Karl Weathers
Everything is a little better when you add some Nick Offerman and the second season of [Fargo](series:1076400) will surely be no different. Even the casting of Nick Offerman in the role of a lawyer named Karl Weathers is hilarious. Seeing as 1979 is the year that Rocky 2 came out, expect many double takes and confused looks when Nick Offerman's Karl, not Carl, Weathers makes a greeting. You can probably also expect some top notch facial hair on Offerman as you could probably make an argument that 1979 was the greatest year in the modern history of the American mustache.