Fargo: Season 3 (2017)


Season 3

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Thanks in part to a memorable dual performance from Ewan McGregor, Fargo mostly maintains the sly wit and off-kilter sensibility it displayed in its first two seasons.



Critic Ratings: 65


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Air date: Apr 19, 2017

In the Season 3 premiere, a petty sibling rivalry between two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community.

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Air date: Apr 26, 2017

Gloria deals with the aftermath of a crime; Vargas makes a move; and Ray and Nikki move on to Plan B.

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Air date: May 3, 2017

Gloria revisits her stepfather's past to try and find some answers.

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Air date: May 10, 2017

Emmit and Sy try to figure out what they've gotten themselves into; Nikki and Ray track down some collateral; and Gloria learns more about Maurice.

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Air date: May 17, 2017

Nikki and Ray's retaliation has consequences for Emmit while Gloria and Winnie start connecting the dots.

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Air date: May 24, 2017

Gloria and Winnie get closer to the truth; Emmit tries to make things right; Nikki and Ray prepare for payback; and Varga cleans up a mess.

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Air date: May 31, 2017

Gloria tries to work around the system; Nikki finds herself in a familiar place; Varga comes up with an alternative plan; and Emmit goes to dinner.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2017

Nikki struggles to survive; Emmit gets spooked; and Sy joins Varga for tea.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2017

Emmit sits down with Gloria and Nikki negotiates a deal.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2017

Gloria follows the money, Nikki plays a game and Emmit learns a lesson about progress from Varga.

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Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on "Emmit" and his slightly younger brother "Ray Stussy" (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother's shadow, Ray is a balding ad 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 cut-throat competitive bridge. Carrie Coon stars as "Gloria Burgle," the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray's girlfriend, "Nikki Swango," a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge. David Thewlis stars as "V.M. Vargas," a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether "The Parking Lot King" likes it or not.

Cast & Crew

Ewan McGregor
Emmit Stussy
Carrie Coon
Gloria Burgle
David Thewlis
V.M. Varga
Russell Harvard
Mr. Wrench
Goran Bogdan
Yuri Gurka
Olivia Sandoval
Winnie Lopez
Hamish Linklater
Larue Dollard
Scott Hylands
Ennis Stussy
Shea Whigham
Moe Dammick
Ivan Sherry
Scotty Pullover
Ray Wise
Paul Marrane
Mark Forward
Donny Mashman
Mary McDonnell
Ruby Goldfarb
Linda Kash
Stella Stussy
Graham Verchere
Nathan Burgle
Noah Hawley
Executive Producer
Warren Littlefield
Executive Producer
Joel Coen
Executive Producer
Ethan Coen
Executive Producer
John Cameron
Executive Producer
Mike Barker
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Critic Reviews for Fargo Season 3

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (36)

Whatever course Season 3 takes, I'm all aboard. Even if the engine's still chugging and getting up to speed a little more than it has in the past.

Apr 18, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Fargo returns with a few hairpin turns, just as you'd expect from a series that reinvents itself every season.

Apr 18, 2017 | Full Review…

It's as confidently filmed as season 2, with witty musical choices and a falling-air-conditioner-cam, and the plotting promises all kinds of the cosmic surprises that have become a Fargo trademark.

Apr 18, 2017 | Full Review…

In many ways, Hawley has become a master chef. You know what you're expecting when you order, but he adds unique, surprising personal touches that distinguish his work from anyone else's.

Apr 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Fargo is back, and it's brilliant.

Apr 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The franchise continues to mix the comical and the criminal with a bracing kick. You'll keep asking: All this because of a stamp?

Apr 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Compared to the kinetic energy of the previous season, series creator Noah Hawley simplifies his narrative this round, but the intrigue still remains.

Mar 30, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Unbearably shallow and convinced of its own greatness... Everything about Fargo is glossy, serving you a Big Mac and convincing you it's a steak.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The season is undeniably familiar given the previous two seasons. Despite this, the familiarity does not take away from the impressive work being accomplished.

Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Fargo reminds us that our ability to both claim and interpret facts is one of the few bulwarks against greed and raw power.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The third season plays with elements already known by the viewer. And even so, the excellence of the previous deliveries and the good presentation invites to expect great things. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The television industry owes the Coen brothers the origin of one of the most excellent series that can be seen today: Fargo. [Full Review in Spanish]

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Audience Reviews for Fargo: Season 3

  • May 11, 2021
    This show just gets worse and worse. Season 1 was gripping. Then it became a collection of unnecessary crime/cop drama tropes. Also, I've noted a few conversational conventions that happen only on TV/in movies, that this series is guilty of: 1. Beginning sentences but not finishing them, assuming the listener can fill in the blanks. IRL people usually opt to awkwardly finish the sentence. 2. Two people collaboratively telling a story, where they trade off lines, not missing a beat. It's a telltale sign of practicing lines, and feels very artificial. 3. Arriving home and talking to your partner before you actually see them. In a movie/show, this signifies that the S.O. is going to be gone/wounded/killed, but IRL you just wait to actually see them and say hi before telling them how your day went. Fargo's heavy use of tropes like these ruin its credibility.
  • May 10, 2021
    Not as over the top as season 2, but nowhere near the understated perfection of the film and season 1. Still trying too hard to be cool and clever. Still more than a few needless scenes and gimmicks good and confident writers wouldn't need to lean on. For some reason this season has a fascination with showing people vomiting, which made me angry and revolted me--and not in an in-story way. It's needless, disgusting and more over compensating shock value--made me mad at the show runners.
  • Apr 06, 2021
    While as smaller scale than season two, twists and turns with poignant performances, direction and dialogue lead to a brilliant season of television. The connection it makes to season one couldn't have been better. Very dark. Very brilliant.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Liked this season the best so far, but weak ending.
  • Feb 27, 2021
    Good premise and strong cast. The villain is both very unnerving and very entertaining. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a standout. The plot is solid but not quite as good at engaging the viewer as previous seasons. Even the crazier episode endings didn't quite succeed in investing me further. Ultimately a solid season but it's not the show at its best.
  • Jan 24, 2021
    So so season compared to 1,2.
  • Jan 18, 2021
    While it doesn't have the action of the first two seasons, it still has a great set of characters and makes Fargo one of the shows worth considering as belonging in Prestige TV
  • Jan 10, 2021
    What a waste of time (mine) and talent (theirs). Nowhere near as interesting or satisfying as the first two seasons. I kept hanging in there because I'd paid for it and thought, "Maybe the ending will make up for the rest." Worst ending ever. Buh-bye.
  • Jan 06, 2021
    Ewan McGregor gives a great performance in an otherwise irritating, lackluster, directionless tale of nothing. Supremely boring and up it's own... you know
  • Dec 31, 2020
    By far not as complex, unpredictable and enjoyable as the first two seasons.

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