If there was one movie that fans probably never expected to see turned into a critically acclaimed, beloved hit TV show, it was the Coen Brothers’ Fargo. But that’s exactly what showrunner Noah Hawley has done with his FX anthology series, which has combined the iconic, frozen landscape of Minnesota and North Dakota, with the brutal violence and black humor that made the original 1996 film so unique and masterful upon its initial release. And from that starting point Hawley has managed to tell stories about mischievous hitmen, nefarious husbands and wives, butchers with hearts of gold, and even – believe it or not – unexplained UFOs.
Now, Fargo is set to return with its third season late next month, and unlike the second season – which took place in the late 1970s – it will take place in the modern day and involve twin brothers, scheming parolees, and of course, a wise and good-hearted female police officer. That includes Ewan McGregor playing non-identical twin brothers, one of whom is labeled the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota.”
Following the release of the brief, first trailer for Fargo season 3 a few days ago, FX has officially released a brand new extended trailer for the upcoming season. This time around, the trailer offers a bit more insight into the backstories and relationships of its characters, including Carrie Coon’s Gloria Burgle, and David Thewlis’ creepy V.M. Vargas. Check it out for yourself above.
Unlike Alison Tolman’s lead heroine in the first season or even Frances McDormand’s Marge Gunderson from the film, Coon’s Gloria Burgle seems notably different than any of her previous Fargo heroines. If the extended trailer is to be believed, it looks like the season may open with her recuperating from the possible death/murder of her husband or father, who may not have been beloved by all.
If so, the grief that comes with that could make her even more equipped to deal with the violence that Ewan McGregor’s Ray and Emmit Stussy stir up throughout the new season. In addition, season 3 already has a much different color palette and look to it than either of its two predecessors had, and just contributes to the overall separation that Hawley and his creative team work to create between each season of the series. It’s worth pointing out, too, that with both Fargo and Legion, Hawley has emerged as one of the most exciting and masterful creative voices working in the television industry today. Now, all that waits to be seen is if Fargo season 3 manages to continue that trend.
Fargo returns on April 19th to FX.