Only in Fargo can a woodpecker appear so ominous.
The FX miniseries has released a teaser for its upcoming second season, and although the short video only features the aforementioned bird and the sound of gunfire, it still communicates one very clear message: Season 2 is going to be grim.
Premiering in September, Fargo‘s sophomore run will take place in the late 1970s, during Ronald Reagan’s first campaign for President of the United States. As FX Networks CEO John Landgraf said in January, Season 2 will be set against “the cultural transformation that was going on at that time.”
The cast includes Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) as Reagan, as well as Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), Ted Danson (CSI), Jean Smart (24) and Patrick Wilson (A Gifted Man).
Press PLAY on the video below for your first cryptic look at Fargo Season 2:
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