Tomorrow night is the season finale of the FX TV series Fargo, an “original adaptation” of Joel and Ethan Coen's 1996 film Fargo. The film was a dark comedy set in the wintry landscape of rural Minnesota which won Oscars for best screenplay and best actress.
The FX 10-episode TV series has a different story and characters, but critics agree that it captured the look and tone of the film, mixing eccentric characters and deadpan humor with sudden and savage violence.
Series creator Noah Hawley and breakout star Allison Tolman join Fresh Air to discuss their new series:
Hawley: Joel and Ethan [Coen] have described this region of the country as “Siberia with family restaurants.” I like the idea that these towns are sort of these islands in this frozen tundra and the highway runs through and the highway system has allowed these types of characters to float through and it’s this sort of stranger-comes-to-town story.
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