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 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
Showrunner Hawley has already announced that the Fargo Season 3 premiere date won't be until spring 2017. The reason being that the show needs to be set in harsh Minnesotan winter and unfortunately they couldn’t finish all the shooting last winter and therefore needed to start again in November 2016.
'Fargo' Season 3 Trailer
As of now, no Fargo Season 3 trailer has appeared, but we'll be sure to post it as soon as it's live.
'Fargo' Season 3 Characters
So far, the protagonists appearing in the Fargo Season 3 cast 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:
Earl: No description yet.
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.
For a more complete description of the characters, check out:
'Fargo' Season 3 Cast
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.
Daryl Shuttleworth: He'll be playing the as yet undescribed Earl. He's mostly stuck to TV, but you might have seen him as Jon's father in Watchmen.
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.
For a more in-depth breakdown of the cast, head to this post:
'Fargo' Season 3 Theories
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.
So far, the plot for Season 3 has been careful kept under wraps, but showrunner Hawley has shown a tendency toward certain themes that we're sure to see reoccur in the upcoming installment.
The second season explored America at a time of great change; capitalism becomes religion as we see the ruthless expansion of the crime syndicate happen side-by-side with the election of Reagan. Hawley wants to focus on contemporary society and look at how technology brings us together and how it divides us too. In an interview with Variety, he went into more detail:
“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.”
With the story revolving around the twins we could see Emmit trying to expand his business by getting involved with the ominous Mr.Tripoli and his syndicate. It sounds like the brothers will be wrestling for control, Ray driven by jealousy, Emmit driven by greed. Gloria Burgle will be caught in between, responsible for cleaning up the mess while protecting her own neck. FX has released details to sate our appetites but it's going to be a long winter, so all we can do is zip up our parkas and say "ooofta!" until the new season comes around.
How Will It Connect To Previous Seasons?
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 explanation behind 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.”
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.