It has been a big year for the little-show-that-could about some little towns with big accents. Of course, we're talking about Fargo -- this year's nearest and dearest to our hearts on the small screen.
Martin Freeman, who played Lester Nygaard on the the show's first season, isn't close to being Minnesotan. In fact, he's not even American. The Tumblr hive mind worships him as the earnest John Watson on Sherlock, and Tolkien die-hards know him as resourceful Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's never-ending Hobbit films.
Tuesday night, Freeman revealed to Seth Meyers just what it takes to ditch his distinct British lilt for the elongated vowels of the Minnesota tundra. (Hint: The key is not to become a total parody of what everyone else thinks Minnesooootans sound like.)
Watch Freeman's appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers:
Hot off of Freeman's appearance on Late Night, Wednesday brought a couple of tidbits of important Fargo news.
First, a congratulations -- or as Lorne Malvo would say, "Aces!" -- to Billy Bob Thornton on a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Series thanks to his turn as the insidious Malvo during Fargo's debut season.
Second, we've finally gotten our first taste of who'll be thrilling audiences during the show's sophomore season.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons are the first big names to be cast in season two where the duo will play a married couple.
Dunst will play Peggy Blomquist, a small-town beautician with stars in her eyes and a yearning for the excitement of Hollywood. Plemons will play Peggy's husband, Ed, the town butcher's assistant.
Friday Night Lights fans will recognize Plemons as kinda nerdy kicker Landry Clarke. Breaking Bad fans will know him as Todd, the unpredictable, terrifying firecracker with a white supremacist uncle. We're wondering if we'll see a transformation from good ol' Landry into sinister Todd on Fargo.
Dunst's recent work includes a turn as a deeply depressed bride in Lars von Trier's Melancholia, Camille in the onscreen adaptation of On the Road, and even a cameo in The Bling Ring. This project marks a kind of return to Minnesota-set work for Dunst, who played a beauty pageant hopeful in the incredible dark comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. (Obligatory DDG reference: Let's hope there's not any seafood in Fargo, or we'll know exactly what's fishy in town.)
Plus, we can only imagine what kind of gory delights might play out in that butcher's shop after last season's teasers about the infamous bloodbath to come. In case you need a refresher: Fargo's second season will take place in 1979, chronicling the events of the "Sioux Falls Incident" that cop-turned-diner-owner Lou witnessed back when our favorite deputy Molly was just a little tyke.
Filming starts this January in Calgary, and the show will premiere on FX again in fall 2015. We're marking our calendars now.
Update: Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning, and Fargo got five nods, including Best TV Mini Series or Movie, Best Actress in a TV Mini Series or Movie (Allison Tolman), Best Actor in a TV Mini Series or Movie (Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton), and Best Supporting Actor in a TV Mini Series or Movie (Colin Hanks).