The new, full-length trailer for Fargo season 3 has landed and we get to see a little more of what this season will be about.
As you can see (and may have already known) #EwanMcGregor is playing two characters who are brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy. From what we can tell in the trailer, Ray is the down-on-his-luck disappointment of the family while Emmit is the charismatic and successful brother. It doesn't take Hercule Poirot to figure out that this is going to be a point of conflict of the series, but knowing #Fargo, it won't pan out the way we expect.
There's no doubt Ewan McGregor's dual role will be huge part of how this third season of Fargo stands up to the high standards of its predecessors. The heavy makeup for the part of Ray will certainly help in differentiating the two characters, but McGregor's acting ability will be tested in making them two separate individuals. Nevertheless, a bit of weirdness isn't going to seem out of place in the Fargo universe — the black comedy tone is one of the reasons it's so compelling. By being different, it can completely transcend the expectations of a murder mystery storyline.
We also see Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing a character named Nikki Swango, who seems to be a romantic interest for Ray Stussy. Carrie Coon will be the one chasing the inevitable murder, playing police officer Gloria Bungle. We also see a sinister-looking David Thewlis as V.M. Vargas and, although we don't see him in the trailer, Jim Gaffigan will also be making an appearance.
Combined with what we saw in the teaser, it will be interesting to learn the fate of Ray Stussy. He certainly seems to have the most eventful backstory from the brief introductions we've gotten. The ominous illumination of the diner sign in the first teaser suggests more bad luck for the underachieving brother, but Fargo doesn't do obvious.
The brilliance of Fargo has been maintained thanks to the choice to write standalone story arcs for each season. Any connection to previous series is only referential, allowing the writers bring the characters' journey to a satisfying end. In this third season we're going back to the future from the '70s setting of Season 2, moving into the year 2010. The reason for this time jump may be significant or a red herring; with Fargo it's futile to guess, better to just enjoy the bizarre ride.
Will you be watching Fargo Season 3?