Fargo Season 4 is not likely to get renewed. FX Networks chief John Landgraf has almost ruled out the possibility of Fargo returning with another season after the current season ends
Noah Hawley’s created anthology series might get another season only if the creator could come up with a story idea that would be as good as Fargo‘s previous three seasons, Landgraf told the Hollywood Reporter (THR).
“There may never be another Fargo. Unless Noah has an idea for Fargo that he thinks he can make as good as the prior three. I think once people get to the end of this [Season 3] they will find that it is thematically different. It’s really about the moment we live in now.”
Inspired by Coen brothers’ 1996 film of the same name, Fargo debuted in 2014 to much critical acclaim. The freshman season, which starred Allison Tolman (Molly), Billy Bob Thornton (Lorne Malvo), Colin Hanks (Gus Grimly), and Martin Freeman (Lester Nygaard), won the Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding miniseries, outstanding directing, and outstanding casting.
A prequel to Season 1 and set in 1979, the second installment of the series, which starred Kirsten Dunst (Peggy Blumquist), Patrick Wilson (Lou Solverson), Jesse Plemons (Ed Blumquist), Jean Smart (Floyd Gerhardt), and Ted Danson (Sheriff Hank Larsson), scored 18 Emmy nominations. It was able to turn only two of the nominations into wins. It won for sound editing and cinematography.
Fargo Season 3 premiered on April 19. Set in 2010, four years after the events of Fargo Season 1, the current season follows Emmit and his slightly younger brother Ray Stussy (both played by Ewan McGregor). The brothers’ rivalry over an ill-chosen inheritance follows a twisted path that starts with “petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters, and cut-throat competitive bridge,” according to Season 3’s plot summary.
In addition to Ewan McGregor, Season 3 also stars Carrie Coon (Gloria Burgle), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Nikki Swango), David Thewlis (V. M. Varga), and Goran Bogdan (Yuri Gurka). The series for the first time does not feature the character of Lou Solverson, played by Keith Carradine in Season 1, while Patrick Wilson played the younger version and the main character in the second season.
The current season is self-contained, according to Noah Hawley. He told Entertainment Weekly that Season 2 was the origin story, prequel to the first season, adding that with Season 3, he wanted to tell a free-standing story. However, according to him, the season would still feature “some small elements” that might connect to the film to earlier years.
Fargo continues to be a hit with the critics but it’s failing to increase its ratings. The current season’s premiere episode scored a rating of 0.40 in the 18-49 key demo, with 1.422 million viewers tuning in to watch it. Episode 7 of Fargo Season 3, which aired on May 24, was watched by 1.422 million viewers, and the episode generated a rating of 0.24 in the key demo. It is the lowest rating for this season.
Fargo managed to get a Season 3 renewal despite Season 2’s poor show on the rating front. This time, however, it looks like FX might not be able to ignore the numbers.
The 10-episode Fargo Season 3 wraps up on June 21. The final episode, which might end up being the series finale, is titled “Somebody to Love.”
Here is the synopsis for Fargo Season 3 finale.
“Gloria follows the money, Nikki plays a game and Emmit learns a lesson about progress from Varga. Written by Noah Hawley; Directed by Keith Gordon.”
Fargo Season 3 Episode 7, “The Law of Inevitability,” airs on Wednesday, May 31. The episode will see Gloria trying to work around the system, and according to the episode’s synopsis, Nikki finds herself in a familiar place, while Varga comes up with an alternative plan. And Emmit goes for a dinner in the episode.
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