When Noah Hawley first brought the Coen brothers' cult classic Fargo to FX, there were very few people who had faith in the adaptation. Two seasons and countless awards later, the Fargo TV show has become one of the most compelling series out there and Hawley has become so popular that he is currently producing four shows for FX.
The show respectfully uses the Coen brothers' 1996 tale of good versus evil in the modern world as a spring board. Using Minnesota as a setting where everyone seems innocent and good-hearted, secret and selfish desires bubble to the surface as everyone tries to protect what's theirs or take what's not.
Below we round up everything we know about Season 3, which should be enough to keep you warm during the long winter without Fargo.
'Fargo' Season 3 News & Rumors
Over the long, cold winter you can check back here for all the latest Fargo Season 3 news and rumors.
The first Fargo Season 3 trailer is here!
We've waited. We've hungered. We've thirsted. And now, sweet bliss. Watch Ewan McGregor talk to himself in the first Fargo Season 3 trailer!
Showrunner Noah Hawley Talks Coen Brothers References, Including Big Lebowski In Season 3
At #SXSW this year, show creator Noah Hawley discussed how he plays with the Coen brothers' work and incorporates it into the show:
“Part of the fun of 'Fargo' is that there are a lot of references to 'Fargo' and other Coen brothers movies, so sometimes you see something familiar, like a guy walking someone out to the woods to kill them and it’s 'Miller’s Crossing.'”
But there's more to it than a sly reference:
“So there’s two things going on. One is the audience watching what’s in front of them and the other thing is people watching another movie entirely in their head. And it creates this really interesting rhyme that happens when suddenly you don’t give them what they’re expecting.”
He even went so far as to hint that we might get a Big Lebowski reference or two:
“For some reason 'Miller’s Crossing' became a big magnet in Season 2. We were in the trees a lot more and just visually it felt right once we started. Season 3: there’s some 'Lebowski' this year that’s interesting to me. You take something people know one way and you can really surprise them when you do it in a different way.”
Amazing! I don't know about all of you, but I'd be down for just about any Big Lebowski reference I can get. If you're now pining for a White Russian and a J, head over here for The 20 Best 'The Big Lebowski' Quotes To Keep You In Your Element, Man.
Fargo Season 3 cast and producers talked the characters at the TV Critics Association press tour:
The Fargo Season 3 cast and producers participated in a press conference at the Television Critics Association and revealed a bit more about the characters and what we can expect to see this season.
Check out the full rundown of what they said here:
'Fargo' Season 3 Premiere Date
The Fargo Season 3 premiere date will be on April 19 on FX. So soon!
'Fargo' Season 3 Trailer & Promos
We've finally got the first Fargo Season 3 trailer. And here it is!
The Fargo Season 3 promos are out too, and, well, here they are:
1. "Bang," The Deflating Santa
2. "AC," Through The Radiator
3. "Never Ignore The Warning Signs," First Look At Ewan McGregor's Ray Stussy
4. "The Law," A Failed Urinalysis Report
5. "Lost," The Radiator Is Found!
6. "OK, Well Then," Those Pesky Automatic Doors
7. "Stamp," First Look At Emmit Stussy
8. "Police Line-Up," Parka Addition
9. "Missed Call," Someone's Buried In the Snow
10. "Cast Spotlight," First Look At Three New Characters
'Fargo' Season 3 Plot
Here's the official Fargo Season 3 plot synopsis:
Set in 2010, the third season centers on “Emmit” and his slightly younger brother “Ray Stussy” (both played by Ewan McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge. Carrie Coon stars as “Gloria Burgle,” the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, “Nikki Swango,” a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge. David Thewlis stars as “V.M. Vargas,” a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether “The Parking Lot King” likes it or not.
'Fargo' Season 3 Characters
So far, the protagonists appearing in the Fargo Season 3 characters are as follows:
Emmit Stussy: Emmit is described by EW as the "parking lot king of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made real estate mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story."
Ray Stussy: The same EW article describes Ray as, “balding and pot-bellied, Ray is the kind of guy who peaked in high school. Now a parole officer, Ray has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt, and he blames his brother, Emmit, for his misfortunes.”
Gloria Burgle: Bugle is the Eden Valley police chief. TV Line described Gloria as "a practical woman who grabs the fire extinguisher when the bacon catches fire and everyone else panics."
Nikki Swango: According to Variety, Nikki is a “crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.” She is also set to be Ray's girlfriend.
V.M. Vargas: According to an EW source, Vargas is "a mysterious loner and true capitalist who delivers Emmit (Ewan McGregor), the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, the bad news that he has just become partners with his employers, whose business interests lay outside the law.”
Other characters include:
Donny Mashman: A deputy at the local Eden Valley police department.
Howard Zimmerman: According to Variety, he's "a mover and a shaker with a knack for spinning a yarn and making a profit."
Sy Feltz: Emmit’s right-hand man and confidant.
Thaddeus Mobley: An award-winning science fiction author.
Moe Dammick: The Meeker County police chief.
Dr. Homer Gilruth: A scientist.
Maurice LeFay: A stoner with a criminal past.
Nathan Burgle: Most likely Sheriff Gloria Burgle's son.
Grace Stussy: So far all we know is that Grace is part of the Stussy family. I'm thinking she might be Emmit's daughter.
Larue Dollars: Sporting another top-notch last name, this IRS agent abhors cheaters and views even the smallest act of cheating as on par with organized crime.
For a more complete description of the characters, check out:
'Fargo' Season 3 Cast
Here's the complete Fargo Season 3 cast listing:
Ewan McGregor: You all know Ewan. He's been in everything from Trainspotting to Moulin Rouge to Star Wars as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and now he's making the jump to TV in the best possible outing as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy.
Carrie Coon: Coon is best known for her roles in HBO's The Leftovers and David Fincher's Gone Girl. She isn't yet a household name, but Fargo prides itself on creating characters that pack enough emotional punch to thrust their stars into the limelight. She'll be playing Sheriff Gloria Burgle.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead: She's still a newcomer to the scene, but she's already been in a couple of big projects, including 10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She'll be playing Nikki Swango in Fargo Season 3.
David Thewlis: This critically acclaimed Brit will be heading to Minnesota as part of the Fargo Season 3 cast, playing V.M. Vargas. You might know him as Remus Lupin in the Harry Potter films.
Jim Gaffigan: He'll play Donny Mashman. You might recognize Jim from one of his many TV roles or as Larry Johnson in Super Troopers.
Fred Melamed: He's playing Howard Zimmerman on the show. You might recognize Melamed from A Serious Man or In A World.
Michael Stuhlbarg: He'll be playing Sy Feltz. You might have seen him in this year's Doctor Strange and Arrival, or from Boardwalk Empire.
Thomas Mann: Budding star Mann will appear as Thaddeus Mobley. You might know him from Project X, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Shea Whigham: He'll play Moe Dammick. You might recognize him from Agent Carter, The Wolf of Wallstreet, American Hustle, and Silver Linings Playbook.
Karan Soni: He'll play Dr. Homer Gilruth on the show. You might have seen him in Deadpool, 2016's Ghostbusters, and the TV series Blunt Talk.
Scoot McNairy: He plays Maurice LeFay on the show. You might recognize McNairy from 12 Years a Slave, Argo, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Gone Girl.
Graham Verchere: He'll be playing Nathan Burgle on the show. According to his Twitter profile, Graham is in 9th grade. You might have seen him in Once Upon a Time, Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow, and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Caitlynne Medrek: She'll be playing Grace Stussy. You might have seen her in Out with Dad and Total Drama.
Hamish Linklater: He'll be playing Larue Dollars in Season 3 of Fargo. You might recognize Linklater from Fantastic Four, The Newsroom, and The Big Short.
For a more in-depth breakdown of the cast, head to this post:
'Fargo' Season 3 Theories
Stumped for Fargo Season 3 theories? Well, you've come to the right place.
Here's what we know so far for sure:
- The show will take place in 2010.
- There will be an older version of a Season 1 character appearing.
- The season is set to tackle "selfie-culture."
That's what we know to be true, but delve into the murky waters of plausible theory in the post below:
Watch 'Fargo' Season 3 Online
Since the show hasn't aired yet, you cannot watch Fargo Season 3 online. However, if you want to brush up on the first two seasons, here are the places to do it:
— iTunes: You can watch Fargo Season 1 and 2 online on iTunes. Each episode is $2.99 or $14.99 for the whole season.
— Amazon: Catch Fargo Seasons 1 and 2 at Amazon for $2.99 per episode or $13.99 per season.
— Vudu: Vudu has also got your back with Season 1 and 2, per episode prices range from $1.99 to $2.99, depending on quality, and whole season are either $16.99 or $25.99.