Fargo may still be powering through its second season on FX, but a decision's already been made regarding the show's future. The cable network announced this afternoon that Noah Hawley's dark, quirky examination of assorted rural Minnesotans will continue after season two finishes in December. Hawley will remain the showrunner, and Joel and Ethan Coen — the duo behind the 1996 film of the same name, which inhabits the same universe — will continue on as executive producers.
Fargo's first season won three Emmy Awards in 2014, including prizes for Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries, and it picked up nominations in three of the four major acting categories. It'll take a while before we find out how much hardware its second season is going to take home, but the show's leap into the past has been met with even more critical praise than its first season. Because Fargo's a limited series, a third season will feature all new characters and settings, and given the gap between the first two seasons it could take place within a totally different decade, too.
"Year two of Fargo is an extraordinary achievement," said FX co-president of original programming Eric Schrier in a statement. "Given Noah Hawley's masterful storytelling, we can't wait to see where the third, all-new version of Fargo takes us." If Hawley's work on a show about the X-Men and a Cat's Cradle limited series continues to develop, he could be in line for an extremely busy 2016.