FX's critically-acclaimed anthology show, Fargo, has delivered two outstanding seasons thus far, filled with the dark humor and violent crime that we've come to associate with both the series, and the Coen Brothers film, on which Fargo is based. Following the pattern set in previous seasons, Fargo season 3 will once again change time- withs season three set in 2010 - but will be connected in some way to seasons one and two.
Showrunner Noah Hawley has managed to keep the majority of the plot for Fargo's third season under wraps, but we do know it will be centered on twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, with both roles being played by Ewan McGregor. Now, FX have released further details about Fargo's third season, which is set for a 2017 premiere. Joining McGregor on the cast roster will be the previously announced Carrie Coon (The Leftovers), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane), Scoot McNairy (Halt & Catch Fire) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter). Rounding out the roster are Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), and Jim Gaffigan (The Bleeder). Filming is set to begin next month in Calgary.
Once again, Fargo tells another "true crime" story, introducing us to Emmit, the self-proclaimed parking lot king of Minnesota, and someone who considers himself to be very much the embodiment of the American success story. Meanwhile, Ray, the slightly younger twin, has a massive chip on his shoulder as he feels as though he is forever living in his brother's shadow. Described as a "balding, pot-bellied parole officer," Ray firmly blames his brother for the hand he's been dealt. Their sibling rivalry leads to petty theft, which soon leads its way into "murder, mobsters, and cut-throat competitive bridge." Yes, you read that right.
Coon takes on the role of Gloria Burgle, the local chief of police, with Gaffigan playing Donny Mashman, her deputy. Winstead plays Nikki Swango, Ray's girlfriend who is a recent parolee and a serious bridge player. McNairy's character, Maurice LeFay, is described as a stoner with a criminal past. Stuhlbarg is Sy Feltz, Emmit's right-hand man, but Thewlis could be about to upset Emmit's Parking Lot reign. He plays V.M. Vargas, described as a "mysterious loner and capitalist." He announces to Emmit that his Parking Lot business has just become partners with Vargas' firm, only his interests lie outside of the law.
Once again, it seems as though Fargo will be about an innocent civilian unwittingly getting caught up in criminal proceedings, and then events spiral out of control. Just like Lester Nygard and Peggy and Ed Blomquist before them, Emmit and Ray are just going about their normal lives until everything is turned upside down. Yes it's a plot line that's been used twice before, but it's worked well before, so why not?
Let's not forget that somehow, Fargo season three will tie into the first two seasons as well, though how that will all happen is anyone's guess. Right now, it's just good to know that shooting will begin shortly, and it's not too long until we have Fargo back on our screens.
Fargo will return to FX in 2017.