You know what they say: never knit in a movie, or you’ll get murdered! Eagle-eyed “Fargo” fans will have noticed that in the trailer for the new season, dropped by FX earlier this week, Juno Temple can be seen knitting a lovely garment — the color looks to be a sort of iced cranberry — before she’s interrupted by a hooded assailant who appears on her patio. It’s hard not to immediately flash back to “Fargo.” At a panel attended by /Film’s Ryan Scott at this year’s Austin Film Festival, Hawley addressed the connection:
“Season 5 is the most direct homage to the movie, because [Juno Temple’s character] is sitting on the sofa knitting, watching the morning show, when a guy shows up in the mask, but who she is and who the guys are and what happens is very different.”
As Hawley indicated, this exact incident plays out in the Coens’ “Fargo.” A character named Jean, played by Kristin Rudrüd, is knitting away the morning while watching a news program on the couch when a masked assailant (Buscemi) breaks into her house and kidnaps her. It seems that, as with the film, this “kidnapping” is not all that it seems in the series, but this time the question mark hovers over the victim of the crime herself.
Hawley elaborated on the decision to include such a direct tie thusly:
“[W]hen you take these moments from the Coen Brothers films that people are so familiar with and you use them in a different way, then the audience is both watching something familiar and something completely new at the same time. So two parts of your brain are active, you’re both remembering and discovering at the same time, which I find is a really fascinating thing to play with for an audience.”
Exactly what function this homage serves in the larger picture of the season will come to be known when “Fargo” season 5 premieres on November 21, 2023.