Noah Hawley has brought Fargo season 3 back with the first episode airing on Wednesday April 19 on FX.
Noah Hawley brought us the entire first season and 6 of the 10 episodes for season 2. He also delves into the Marvel Universe as the main writer for another popular FX show Legion. The guy is an amazing writer and his casting is extraordinary in and of itself. The beauty of Fargo is that you do not need to know anything about the first 2 installments to enjoy the third installment. Each “season” is a miniseries that takes place in the same world created by the Coen brothers in the iconic and beloved 1996 film, also named Fargo.
Fargo Season 1
The first installment brought us Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo. FX describes Billy Bob’s character on their website in this manner, “a rootless, manipulative man who meets and forever changes the life of small town insurance salesman Lester Nygaard.” Nygard is played by another familiar face to nerds everywhere, Bilbo Baggins himself, Martin Freeman. The best way to describe this series is that it is a dark, cold case, crime drama. However, it is the deep character development from Noah Hawley and the fantastic performances by the cast that make this a must watch show.
Fargo Season 2
The second installment is actually somewhat linked to the first. It uses some of the characters but goes back almost 30 years in the past to tell a slightly different story. This gives the viewer a feeling of some familiarity. Simultaneously, it sends them on a completely new adventure with another excellent story and phenomenal cast. This installment presents us with Kirsten Dunst as Peggy Blomquist and Jesse Plemons as her husband Ed Blomquist. In an almost comically dark series of events, the Blomquists find themselves on the run from the law and from criminals.
My favorite character from season 2 was Mike Milligan played by actor Bokeem Woodbine. Woodbine plays a cool and confident gangster who leads part of the chase on the Blomquists. His character development over the 10 episode mini series is marvelous. Finally, perhaps I failed to mention that Nick Offerman plays a drunk philosopher in this season as well. Enough said, right?
Fargo Season 3
This brings us to the third installment of Fargo. The extended trailer released the other day can be scene here. This season appears to be unconnected to the previous two seasons. With that being said, Hawley appears to have outdone himself this time. The cast includes Ewan McGregor, beloved by all nerds for his role as Obi-Wan Kenobi. Joining McGregor is Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Michael Stuhlbarg among others. The most intriguing part of the cast is that McGregor will actually be playing two characters, brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy. Two McGregors for the price of Wan… ok that was a little too nerdy, I know. But, I can barely hold in the excitement for this series. So, tune your DVRs, set up an alert, and make sure you are watching Fargo on April 19 on FX.