Although the Fargo cast and crew only just began production on Season 3, a few cast members and producers appeared at the Television Critics Association press tour to answer questions about the characters and what we can expect to see in the upcoming season.
Executive producer Warren Littlefield started out by setting the scene:
“Twenty years ago, Emmit and Ray’s dad passed, and he left to Emmit his Corvette Stingray and to Ray his stamp collection. Ray was like, wow that 'vette is really cool and Emmit was like, you’re the cool guy anyway and I don’t really care about it and should we jut swap. And so they did. Is there a rub? There’s a rub.
But Ray’s had hard years so he doesn’t look that way. One has had skincare and moisture and microdermabrasions, and the other one — not so much. So you’ve got a quality of life that affects how they age and the way they look at the world. That resentment has been building for 20 years, and that launches us into this year.”
We already know that Fargo Season 3 will be set in 2010, and this time around creator Noah Crawley is interested in exploring technology's effects on human connection. Littlefield expanded on the point:
"Noah is enjoying how technology in many ways is supposed to unite, and perhaps that’s not what happens at all. Visually and aesthetically you’ll see Noah commenting [on that]."
Although some of the cast have only filmed one or two scenes as their characters, they've clearly given some thought to who they are in the context of Fargo. Here's what they had to say about their characters:
1. David Thewlis Calls His Character 'Macchiavellian'
Thewlis, whom you might recognize from his role as Professor Lupin in the Harry Potter movies, will play V.M. Vargas in Fargo Season 3. At the TCA press conference, he said:
“He’s a very mysterious character. He’s from out of town. He is possibly ill-mannered and lacking in virtue. He’s a Machiavellian-type character and unscrupulous.”
2. Ewan McGregor's Trying Really Hard For That Authentic Fargo Accent
McGregor commented on how difficult the Fargo accent is, especially when playing two different characters from the town:
“It’ a very strange accent to lock into. It’s the hardest accent I’ve ever done — I did a Dutch one once and this one is worse. It’s also very familiar. Our audience’s ear is attuned to it. And within that accent, then to find Ray’s voice and Emmit’s voice, and for them not to be the same — there’s lots to play with here.”
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3. Mary Elizabeth Winstead Talks Nikki Swango's Complexities
Swango is supposed to be Ray's girlfriend on the show. A recent parolee with a passion for bridge, she's a woman with a plan. Winstead gave us more incite into the inner workings of her character at the TCA:
“She’s incredibly smart and savvy and has the capacity to be conniving. She has a heart. One of the things that Noah said... is that he likes for all the characters to be able to feel like they can be a villain at any given moment or a hero at any given moment. And I think Nikki falls in between those two categories. She definitely has a history and a past and a dark side to her.”
4. Carrie Coon Says Sherriff Burgle Represents 'Decency And Ethics'
Coon commented on her character, Sheriff Gloria Burgle, and her battles with personal issues in addition to what is going on in the town:
"[She] represents a small-town aesthetic and a sense of community she feels has been eroded by forces outside herself. She is trying to hang onto who she is inside of what's happening in the macrocosm in the world she’s policing. I think she is representing decency and ethics — how successful she is is what I think the show is asking this season.”
5. Michael Stuhlbarg's Character Is Closer To Emmit Than Ray Is
Stuhlbarg will play Sy Feltz, Emmit’s right-hand man and confidant, who seems to have become more of a brother figure to Emmit than Ray as the two grew apart:
“He has a relationship with both brothers, knows them both. But he’s been working with Emmit for many years and they are very close, almost perhaps in some ways more brotherly than his brother."
Bonus Point: There Will Be A Connection To 'Fargo' Season 1
Warren Littlefield reassured us again that there will be "a kiss to Season 1":
“We like the idea that, as you saw in year two, there’s this wonderful old book that might say ‘True Crimes of Midwest’ — imagine the Coens’ movie might be a chapter, and each season of 'Fargo' is a chapter from that book. We will have a kiss to Season 1 that we think is appropriate because we’re doing a different film each year. But yes, they are related geographically and [there are] some thematic touches. We make some character kisses as well. That’s part of the DNA that Noah uses to honor where we came from — from the Coens. Then he takes off in his own original direction.”
Fargo Season 3 will air in mid-April of this year.
What are you most excited to see explored in Fargo Season 3?