At long last, Fargo returns to our TV screens with another tale of murder and mayhem. Here’s all the information you need on tonight’s season premiere.
It seems oddly fitting that Fargo is coming back right on the cusp of spring – real spring, as in sunshine and blooming flowers, not snow’s-still-a-possibility late March spring. What better way to enjoy the season than sitting in your basement and watching people walk around in parkas?
However, there’s nothing ironic about our love for Fargo. We can’t wait to find out what wacky, sneakily relevant escapades the FX crime series has up its sleeve for its third installment.
The official synopsis, courtesy of FX, offers some clues. Read it here:
"Emmit Stussy, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas his slightly younger brother Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his 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 cutthroat competitive bridge."
Speaking of a competitive bridge, the season premiere is called “The Law of Vacant Places”. It technically refers to a method used in the game of figuring out where cards are located. But if you don’t play or understand bridge (and chances are, you, like us and the majority of humanity, don’t), it just sounds evocative and noir-y. So, one upside to having arcane hobbies is that you can come up with cool titles.
Of course, one of the show’s main draws – if not its biggest draw – is its stellar acting. Season 3 is no different. Headlining this year’s ensemble are Ewan McGregor in dual roles as the Stussy brothers; Carrie Coon as police chief Gloria Burgle; Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nikki Swango, a parolee who partners with Ray; and David Thewlis as V.M. Varga, a shady entrepreneur who teams up with Emmit. Jim Gaffigan, Scoot McNairy, Shea Whigham, and Fred Melamed occupy supporting roles.
You can see many of the actors in the trailer below:
Fargo, like the Coen brothers’ work, has always had a wryly humorous edge, but this season appears to be leaning extra hard into the comedy element. That isn’t surprising since showrunner Noah Hawley has mentioned using The Big Lebowski as a major influence.
Here’s the live stream information for Fargo. One note: the premiere is extended, clocking in at 90 minutes including commercials, so you might want to make sure your DVR is set up properly.
Date: Wednesday, April 19
Start time: 10 p.m. ET
Episode: “The Law of Vacant Spaces”
TV Channel: FX
Noah Hawley directed and wrote “The Law of Vacant Spaces”.