Fargo season three looks set to follow a similar pattern of its predecessors; brutal, dark, uncompromising violence blended with dark humor, all delivered by an A-list cast with tremendous Midwestern accents. Thus far, with Noah Hawley at the helm, Fargo has enjoyed vast critical and commercial success, and all things point to season three being just as strong.
Starring Ewan McGregor as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy, with Carrie Coon as cop Gloria Burgle, Fargo picks up with the 'Parking Lot King of Minnesota,' Emmit, under pressure to join forces with a shady character by the name of V.M. Vargas, played by David Thewlis. As is so often the case with Fargo, casual violence descends into murder and an epic crime spree, as life for the Stussy brothers spirals out of control. A previously-released teaser for the show gave a first look at many of the characters, and a more detailed look at McGregor in both roles. Now, a new, very short promo for the series has also arrived, much more in keeping with Fargo's usual promotion. Take a look, above.
It's fair to say that whoever is the owner of that phone is unlikely to be very happy, and it's also unlikely that they're coming out of that snow anytime soon. No one's life is sacred or safe in Fargo; the body count across all three seasons must be very high. Of course, these cryptic teasers, the snowy landscapes and endless deaths (accidental or otherwise) are all part of what makes Fargo so great.
So far, Hawley's Fargo has been entirely different from the Coen brothers movie on which it was based; the only elements that have really followed through are the violence, dark humor, and bleak setting. But this time around, Coon's character does bear resemblance to original Fargo character Marge Gunderson, in that Hawley says she represents decency in the corrupt world around her. Another previous teaser even recreated a classic scene from the Fargo movie. With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see whether this third season draws any other parallels, and also, how it will connect to Fargo's first two seasons.
With the time setting moved from the seventies right up to 2010, Fargo could open the door for Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) to return in some way. That would make sense, since she played a major role in season one, which was set in 2006, and the character then appeared as a child in 70s-set season 2. As always with Fargo, Hawley will no doubt keep us guessing, right up to the very end.
Fargo returns on April 19th to FX.