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 Fargo winter.
'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.
Who is Paul Marrane on Fargo?
You know the mysterious man who appears in the bowling alley in Episode 8? Read all about Ray Wise's character here.
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The story of Peter and the Wolf, the voice of an old character, and a discussion of truth set the dynamic for this episode:
After Episode 3 of Fargo Season 3, make sure to check out our article on all the references and Easter Eggs you might have missed
From Useless Machines, classical logic principles and Barton Fink references, Fargo "The Law of Non-Contradiction" brings the season's most contemplative episode yet.
After you tune in to Episode 2, make sure you read our article about all the things you might have missed!
The second episode of Fargo Season 3 ramped up intrigue even more. While we were fed a few juicy reveals, there are still plenty of questions left spiraling:
Check out the 5 things you might have missed in the first episode of Fargo Season 3
There was a lot to process after the premiere episode of Fargo Season 3, "The Law of Vacant Places," but did you catch all the subtleties lying just below the surface? Check it out in:
Tonight is the Fargo Season 3 premiere, check out the Rotten Tomato stats!
As we gear up for Fargo Season 3 — set to premiere TONIGHT on FX — the early reviews are rolling in thick and fast. And what better way to get a sense of the general consensus than via Rotten Tomatoes? So far, Season 3's looking very fresh with a 94 percent on the Tomatoemeter, and it could very well go up as critics see more episodes.
Here are some other fun Fargo insights, courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes, to get you good and geared up for the premiere of Fargo Season 3:
- Every episode in Season 2 is Fresh at 100 percent on the Tomatometer
- When it comes to season premieres, both seasons have been Fresh at 100%
- Both seasons are Certified Fresh
- There are no episodes with a Rotten score
- Out of 20 episodes, 18 are Fresh at 100 percent on the Tomatometer
- Fargo Season 1 is Certified Fresh at 97% on the Tomatometer
- Fargo Season 2 is Certified Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer
The lowest scoring episodes are still Fresh at 86 percent:
- 106 – "Buridan’s Ass"
- 107 – "Who Shaves the Barber?"
'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!
Aaaand here's the extended trailer:
The extended Fargo Season 3 trailer is loaded with interesting info. From childhood tensions to fresh murders, we've been given a quick taste of the many things to come in the new season. Check out a bullet point list of the info we've gleaned:
- The police are looking for a murderer who seems to have killed a rather horrible man.
- Ray thinks Emmit owes him for something that happened when they were kids. But what? And when has the debt been paid?
- Ray's license plate is "Ace Hole," which pretty much sums up his scabby character.
- V.M. Vargas (David Thewlis) is from out of town and has trapped Emmit in his illegal business dealings.
- Ray's got a plan to rob a place. Perhaps his brother's?
- Someone's going to be bludgeoned to death.
The Fargo Season 3 promos are out too, and you can check them out by clicking through to this hashtag page: #fargopromos
'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 the proclaimed parking lot king of Minnesota. Although he's made a living on being an honest, good-natured business man, his world is totally rocked when the creepy V.M. Varga inserts himself into his business dealings — not to mention his polemic relationship with his brother.
Ray Stussy: Ray is Emmit's younger brother. He harbors a grudge against Emmit for exchanging their inherited gifts when they were younger, which he views as the source of all his life's problems.
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: He's the a-hole Hollywood producer who gets cons poor, young Thaddeus Mobely.
Sy Feltz: Emmit’s finance man and best friend.
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: Sheriff Gloria Burgle's son.
Grace Stussy: Grace is part of the Stussy family, specifically 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.