Film & TV

‘Fargo’ Season Three Has Potential Despite Weak Premiere

Featured Video Play Icon

The hit FX show “Fargo” has returned for its third season.

Revered for its crackling dialogue, bleak cinematography and tense direction, “Fargo” is structured as an anthology series, with each season acting as its own independent, self-contained story. This makes it easy for viewers who haven’t seen the previous two seasons to jump right into season three without fear of getting lost.

Season three begins with an episode called, “The Law of Vacant Places,” where the audience meets the Stussy brothers, both of whom are played wonderfully by Ewan McGregor (“Trainspotting,” “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith”). The relationship of these brothers looks to be the driving force behind the events for this season.

When one of the two men, Ray, returns home to claim inheritance he believes his brother Emmitt scammed him out of, his actions set off a chain reaction of bloody confrontations. Keeping true to its roots, the third season of “Fargo” will once again revolve around characters dealing with the consequences of disastrous mistakes they’ve made.

Ewan McGregor plays two brothers in the third season of the FX hit, “Fargo.” Courtesy of FX

Although the weakest season premiere for the show to date, “The Law of Vacant Places” showed enough promise to keep viewers invested going forward. The snappy, Midwestern banter that fans love is still at the forefront, along with the desolate snow-blanketed landscapes and unexpected plot turns.

After the incredible debut season of “Fargo” and the excellent second season, it seems that creator Noah Hawley is trying to raise the bar even higher for the show’s third run. While season three in its entirety may very well prove to be the best to date, the premiere episode may have benefitted from a more narrow focus.

What made the first season so beloved was how absorbed it was with just a few major characters and a simple but smart plot. In the show’s latest episode, so many characters and plots are left hanging in the air, vaguely intertwined. While undoubtedly intriguing, the lack of clear objectives for the characters going forward may have lead to the episode’s slightly less-enthusiastic reception than premieres of previous seasons.

The groundwork laid in “The Law of Vacant Places,” is still strong enough to develop into another fantastic season of compelling, hilarious, nail-biting television. It pulled me right back into the bitter and bloody Minnesotan winter that captivated me for the previous two seasons. The characters are quirky and charming, and the acting is top-notch as always.

If you are a looking for a new show to binge this summer, “Fargo” should be at the top of your list. It’s a show that can have viewers on the edge of their seat with suspense, laughing out loud at the brilliant dialogue and gasping in shock at the twists it takes all in an hour. Grab your hat and gloves and buckle up for another chilling season of “Fargo.” New episodes premiere every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on FX.

A&E Editor

Luke Hyland is a senior at Loyola and the A&E editor for The PHOENIX.