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Noah Hawley’s third visit to the Coen Brothers-inspired universe is getting rave reviews.
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19 Apr 2017 - 4:57 PM  UPDATED 10 May 2017 - 3:00 PM

Season three of Fargo is set to debut in the US today - it comes to SBS on Wednesday 17 May at 8:30pm - and it’s shaping up to be one of the must-see shows of the year based on the first reviews.

Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo, inspired by the Coen Brothers film of the same name, centres on Emmit (Ewan McGregor) and his slightly younger brother, Ray Stussy (McGregor in a dual role). Sibling rivalry between the two leads to a twisted story that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cutthroat competitive bridge.

Carrie Coon (Gone Girl, The Leftovers) stars as Gloria Burgle, the steady chief of the local police department. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Land) plays Ray’s girlfriend, Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for high-stakes card games.

 

The reviews

Ben Travers from IndieWire says:

“Season 3 remains masterful Midwestern drama, but you’ll see it in a terrifying new light.”

 

Rob Sheffield from Rolling Stone says:

“From its humble beginnings as a Coen Brothers tribute, Hawley's high-wire-act homage has grown into TV's most dizzyingly ambitious parable of American crime.”

 

James Poniewozik from the New York Times says:

“Mr. Hawley borrowed that voice from the Coens but made it his own. He’s also kept life in a seemingly unlikely project by recreating not the plot of the original movie, but its sensibility, mingled with that of other Coen films. Season 1 had some No Country for Old Men; Season 2, a strain of Miller’s Crossing. Season 3 runs closer to zany Coen: a splash of Raising Arizona, a dab of The Big Lebowski."

 

Julia Selinger from Slant says:

“In some ways, this season of Fargo checks all of the boxes of its precedent seasons: the down-on-his-luck schlub with a surprise knack for crime; the sly yet intoxicating evil force; the righteous, morally sound cop; and the absurd, easily avoidable crime that sets everything into motion. What sets the season apart is its comparatively small cast of players, as opposed to the sprawling universes (aliens included) that made up past seasons.”

 

Danette Chavez from The AV Club praises the performances:

“Winstead and Coon might both be playing thwarted women, but they’re basically fire and ice. McGregor manages to carve out distinct personalities in his dual performance, though the brothers do share a sense of exasperation with the other. His interactions with himself flow better than you’d expect.”

 

The third installment of Fargo premieres on SBS at 8.30pm on Wednesday 17 May. Double episodes will air for the first three weeks, followed by single episodes from 9.30pm for the remaining weeks.

Watch the first episode of season 3 at SBS On Demand right here:

 

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