Fargo’s Noah Hawley Proves Himself to be the Anti-Nic Pizzolatto


Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley allowed Entertainment Weekly to follow the production of Fargo for two days.

Fargo’s season finale is tonight, but that’s okay since fans have a confirmed third season to look forward to. True Detective, however, remains a slumbering beast. At this point it is fairly common knowledge that Nic Pizzolatto doesn’t enjoy being in the spotlight, and has gone to great lengths to keep True Detective away from prying eyes.

Fargo is the opposite of this.

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Noah Hawley, Fargo’s showrunner and creative mastermind allowed Entertainment Weekly to follow the production of season two for two days. In EW’s write-up, True Detective rears its head almost immediately, as apparently Pizzolatto “took the rather unprecedented step not allowing any press onto his season 2 set.” There’s nothing inherently surprising about that.

The most open activity that Nic Pizzolatto has so far taken part in was a Q&A with fans on HBO Connect. That was a big step, to be sure.

EW’s set visit took place just when the trailer to True Detective season two dropped, and it was a topic that Noah Hawley wanted to talk about. Unfortunately the piece doesn’t have any direct quotes from Hawley on his thoughts on the trailer or the state of True Detective at that point, but he does bemoan the fact that he is given less time to shoot Fargo than HBO gives True Detective:

"“TV is usually the best you can do in the time slotted, but I believe we’re making a movie and it needs to be perfect…We just don’t have HBO’s money. We gotta run harder and faster.”"

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To add some context, Fargo was apparently given 82 days to film thirteen episodes, while True Detective was given 100 to cover eight. That’s quite a discrepancy, but as Hawley points out himself, HBO just has more money to throw around.

The entire article is worth a read if you’re currently invested in season two of Fargo, and even hints a bit about season three. It’s amazing that Hawley allowed this much access to a journalist, and is certainly something that Nic Pizzolatto could learn from.

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But when it comes to the secrecy of True Detective, it’s better to expect nothing and possibly be surprised than to expect anything at all.