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With a fully assembled cast and filming underway, Fargo Season 3 is finally sliding back across the ice and onto our TV screens this year (mid-April, to be precise). While we now have a full cast listing and character profiles to work with, details of the plot remain thin on the ground.

The second season explored the US at a time of great change, seeing capitalism become religion as we saw the ruthless expansion of the crime syndicate happen alongside the election of Reagan. This time around, show creator Noah Hawley wants to focus on contemporary society and look at how technology brings us together and how it divides us too. The Fargo theories below definitely suggest a hard-to-swollow plot for tech addicts.

With that in mind, let's check out the most compelling Fargo Season 3 theories:

'Fargo' Season 3 Plot Theories

'Fargo' Season 1 [Credit: FX]
'Fargo' Season 1 [Credit: FX]

The Fargo Season 3 plot is set to revolve around twins Emmit and Ray Stussy. It sounds like the brothers will not be on the best terms going into the season; Ray — who hasn't taken the best care of himself over the years — feels hard done by and blames his older brother for his woes, while Emmit has his own business troubles to deal with. The self-proclaimed Parking Lot King of Minnesota, Emmit is set to unwillingly go into business with a partner whose business interests lay somewhere outside the law. Sheriff Gloria Burgle will be caught somewhere in between, responsible for cleaning up the mess while protecting her family and her own neck.

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Show creator Noah Hawley has already given us some clues about the themes Season 3 will be focusing on, elaborating in an interview with Variety:

“I like the idea that we’re now living in a very selfie-oriented culture — people photograph what they’re eating and put it up for other people to see — it feels like a social dynamic that is very antithetical to the Lutheran pragmatism of the region. So much of our crime stories are based around the difficulty people have expressing themselves and communicating.”

We already know that the third season will take place in 2010, so close enough to our current time to grapple with issues we're still experiencing today. Technology has without a doubt made communication easier and more accessible, but with stats showing record highs of loneliness, we have to wonder if these black mirrors are really helping or hurting. At the TV Association Critics press tour in January, Executive Producer Warren Littlefield further explained:

"Noah [Hawley] 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]."

How Will Season 3 Connect To Previous Seasons?

Hanzee a.k.a Mr.Tripoli starting the take-over. 'Fargo' [Credit: FX]
Hanzee a.k.a Mr.Tripoli starting the take-over. 'Fargo' [Credit: FX]

The second season, set in the late '70s, ended with several amazing payoffs connecting the characters with events in the first season, set in 2006. These little, intricate details provided more interest in the first season, and more insight into Molly, her father, and Hess. Although there will be a whole new setting and a whole new set of characters, FX and Hawley have not ruled out stories intersecting with characters from Season 1.

In fact, in a January 2016 interview with the Television Critics Association, FX Productions CEO John Landgraf informed us that an older version of a Season 1 character will be appearing in Season 3:

“As far as I know based on what [creator Noah Hawley’s] pitched so far there’s one [holdover character]. That doesn’t mean he might not change his mind and there will be more than one, but I can’t tell you which one it is.”

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At the TCA press tour in January 2017, Exec Producer Warren Littlefield reiterated the intention to include a little "kiss to Season 1":

"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."

Fargo Season 3 will be released in mid-April this year. Until then all we can do is zip up our parkas and say "ooofta!" until it comes around.

Which Season 1 character(s) do you think will show up in Fargo Season 3?

(Sources: ScreenerTV, Vulture)