Fargo’s upcoming third season has cast its latest series regular, adding comedian Jim Gaffigan to the ensemble as a “Donny Mashman, a police deputy,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Gaffigan’s character will be working with Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon, Gone Girl), the Edna Valley chief of police.
Ewan McGregor will play the lead roles, as twin brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy — the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota” and a “pot-bellied parole officer,” respectively. Mary Elizabeth Winstead has also been cast, as Nikki Swango, a “crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing.” Five gets you ten Ray does some bad business to Emmit, the cops investigate, and Ray’s parolee somehow gets involved. Characters will threaten each other exclusively through long monologues, and there will be a lot of snow. You’ll feel a little bad at the end, but you’ll be a little hopeful too. The soundtrack will be amazing. It will be one of the best shows released that year.
Fargo is an anthology series set in the same universe as the Coen Brothers’ 1996 movie. Season One had a direct tie to the film, while Season Two showed the infamous “Sioux Falls incident” mentioned in Season One. Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley confirmed that Season Three would be connected to the previous seasons in some fashion.
“There are going to be connections, the way the first year was connected to the movie and the second year was connected to the first,” Hawley said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I think part of the fun is figuring that stuff out and I wouldn’t want to take that away from anybody. There will be definitely things that connect to something in our story.”
Although the show’s first season earned a significant level of praise from critics, Fargo’s second season was even more lauded. Some might even say it was one of the best TV shows of the year, racking up approximately 24 first-place rankings on TV critic end of year lists. Fargo‘s third season is currently set for a 2017 premiere date on the FX network.