Fargo: Season 3 (2017)

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Season 3
Fargo

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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.

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Critic Ratings: 224

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Air date: Apr 19, 2017

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; Varga makes a move; Ray and Nikki move on to their next plan.

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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 have gotten themselves into; Nikki and Ray track down some collateral; Gloria learns more about Maurice.

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Air date: May 17, 2017

Nikki and Ray's retaliation has consequences for Emmit; 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; 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; Emmit goes to dinner.

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Air date: Jun 7, 2017

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

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Air date: Jun 14, 2017

Emmit sits down with Gloria; Nikki negotiates a deal.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2017

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

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Cast & Crew

Ewan McGregor
Emmit Stussy

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Carrie Coon
Gloria Burgle

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Nikki Swango

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David Thewlis
V.M. Varga

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Russell Harvard
Mr. Wrench

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Michael Stuhlbarg
Sy Feltz

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Olivia Sandoval
Winnie Lopez

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Hamish Linklater
Larue Dollard

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Scott Hylands
Ennis Stussy

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Shea Whigham
Moe Dammick

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Andy Yu
Meemo

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Ray Wise
Paul Marrane

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Mark Forward
Donny Mashman

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Mary McDonnell
Ruby Goldfarb

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DJ Qualls
Golem

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Fabian Busch
Jakob Ungerleider

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Linda Kash
Stella Stussy

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Zina Lee
Madeline

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Graham Verchere
Nathan Burgle

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Caitlynne Medrek
Grace Stussy

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Noah Hawley
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Warren Littlefield
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Joel Coen
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Ethan Coen
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John Cameron
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Critic Reviews for Fargo: Season 3

Audience Reviews for Fargo: Season 3

  • Aug 09, 2022
    The best season of Fargo imo. The characters are amazing, and the season is funny but also extremely intense. Unlike Season 2 which was great for most of it until a bad ending, this season has one of the best endings I have ever seen. It is entertaining from the start but it gets really juicy as the episodes go on and into the second half. I recommend watching the first two episodes in one sitting to get the full plot of the season.
  • May 08, 2022
    Great critique of the 2008 recession and the current state of America. The financial criminals never face consequences even after destroying peoples lives. Varga is perhaps the most disgusting villain in Fargo. Also the most dangerous since the entire system seems to back home and his crimes.
  • Feb 02, 2022
    This season is not as explosive as the first two but it is darker and with some surprises and I have to say that David Thewlis' performance was impressive!!!
  • Jan 21, 2022
    I'll like to give some big credits to David Thewlis who plays mr. Varga, what a character he was. Again really great story and awesome storytelling.
  • Jan 08, 2022
    Noah Hawley is utterly brilliant. The whole season was philosophically brilliant, but I need to point out one scene in particular. There are subtle things in his films and scripts for shows that, to the uncareful observer are mere hilarities, or mean nothing, yet they are reflections, synonyms, metaphors for the larger macrocosm of what is going on in the show. His style is nothing like David Lynch's style--but like David Lynch he produces true art. I'm watching Fargo season 3 episode 3 (spoilers ahead, don't read if you don't want spoilers) and there's a scene where the lead character has checked into a hotel after having everything stolen, she's in California, she's a cop investigating a crime from back in "Fargo-land," and she opens the closet door to find a box with a flip switch on top. She flips the switch and a door comes out and a hand flips the switch the other way and the hand disappears back and the door closes. She does this several times. This is a "useless machine" and its design was intended as a philosophical joke by its inventor, Marvin Minsky. The name Minsky, of course, is also the name of the cartoon robot from Thaddeus Mobley's The Planet Wyh, who observes the meaninglessness of life over the course of his millennia-long galactic odyssey. Minsky's story ends when he switches himself "off." This is the book the main character has been reading on her investigation of criminal intent in the story line. (This also ties in with the writer of the novel and his futility in life in getting his story produced, and being taken seriously) This box, and characterization, represent the character arches, and time loops, and interconnectedness of the evil characters with the good characters--the inability of the characters to escape their own fates, and to be intertwined in this dance of here I am, there you go throughout every season of "Fargo," even back to the original film. More than this it begs the question of existentialism in the shows, can man escape his fate, his destiny? Even if he does, does anything he does in life have any meaning? What is the meaning of life, and this interconnectivity? Should one, when one realizes we're all in this dance of evil and good, turn oneself off? Should any of us turn ourselves on again? Nietszche's re-evaluation of self has come to a full halt in this Nihilistic circle, this dance, where the cop is ALWAYS the good guy, and there is ALWAYs the antagonist and they will never change, can never change--are predestined to confront and evoke one another and predestined to be good versus evil. In addition the trickster character--the villain, always creates his own karma, his need and desperation for money, power, to overturn his own fate always becomes the bullet, fired from his own gun, that bounces off a tin roof to hit him in the head. It's the dance of the characterization, and the actors, and the thematic structures at a microcosmic level. The characters cannot escape their fates, they are pre-destined, much like Calvinism. If I cannot win--if I am forever caught in a loop of absurdity of the human condition, then maybe I should just turn it all off. It is also showing the futility of evil, for the predestination of evil is to always face some cosmic, or karmic reckoning (as happens in Fargo). The villains themselves are comic charicatures, that wind up experiencing natural justice with the universe, god, goodness, when for all their evil attempts in the world around them, it always back fires and bites them in the bippy. And that is the conundrum that Noah Hawley is telling us we are ALL in. God-mind, the universe, as ultimate trickster god--You will be born, you will be born into absurdity, you will have a fate that you can never escape, and in trying to change your fate, in trying to do evil just to get ahead, or provide more for your family, you will wind up shooting yourself in the foot karmically--oh, and this whole time the joke has been on you. it is all so absurd--this play is absurd--you are the actor, the robot (both having free will and yet not) that ultimately turns your own self off through your actions. Like I said, utterly brilliant, and there are even deeper layers to Fargo's writing, directing and creation to be explored.
  • 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.

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