Fargo Season 3 – Scoot McNairy Joins Cast

One of the finest new series to his the screens in recent years has been (in my opinion) FX’s black comedy/drama Fargo. It shouldn’t work; TV adaptations of awesome films rarely do. Fargo is a different beast though – it is compelling, funny, shocking, and has some of the best painted characters you will see over 10 episodes. This is partly down to the excellent, Cohen Brothers inspired writing (Kirsten Dunst feeding a tied up murder baked beans in season two was outstanding) and partly down to the casting of excellent Hollywood actors in the lead roles. As well as Dunst, familiar faces in season one and two have included: Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, Ted Danson, Jean Smart, Kieran Culkin, Patrick Wilson and Nick Offerman. Offerman’s scenes in season two are a work of art – it is worth watching the whole brilliant series for him alone.

Showrunner Noah Hawley has begun releasing information about season 3, which will go into production soon and is due to air in 2017. During his appearance at the Emmys (for which Fargo had nominations in a number of categories) he revealed that Scoot McNairy would be a regular in the upcoming season. He sadly didn’t disclose anything about the character McNairy, who currently stars as downtrodden but loyal engineer Gordon Clark in the excellent Halt and Catch Fire, would be playing.


Confirmed cast Scoot McNairy, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winsted and Carrie Coon

This news comes hot on the heels of other casting information. Scottish Jedi and national treasure Ewan McGregor will play two roles – a pair of lookalike brothers called Emmit and Ray. Emmit (the ‘Parking Lot King of Minnesota’) is more attractive and successful than Ray, his bitter younger brother. Mary Elizabeth Winsted (hair dye and rollerblade fancier Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs the World) will be playing an alluring recent parolee called Nikki Swango. Relative newcomer Carrie Coon (who stars in The Leftovers, and also played Margot in Gone Girl) will play the season’s female lead – taking up the no-nonsense lady cop role that Fargo has a tradition of presenting. Her character Gloria is the chief of police promises to be practical, down to earth, and (if the other seasons are anything to go by) will be dealing with some crazy situations.

Season 3 will reportedly take place in 2010, which is about 4 years after the events of season one (season 2 was set in the 70s), and it is not yet clear how the stories will (if all) link in with the Solversons, who were the big players in the first two seasons.

Fargo seasons 1&2 are available on Netflix (definitely UK – other countries may differ) Season 3 is due for release in 2017 (TBC)

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  1. […] month, Fargo fans were treated to news that series three was getting some top drawer cast. Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting) will be playing two brothers, Carrie Coon (Gone Girl) will play the […]


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