The award-winning US drama Fargo returns to UK screens for a third instalment, set in 2010 and following a new ‘true crime’ story with a fresh set of characters and an all-star cast. Ewan McGregor plays two brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy, who are at the centre of the story. Emmit is the Parking Lot King of Minnesota. A handsome, self-made property mogul and family man, Emmit sees himself as an American success story.
His slightly younger brother Ray, on the other hand, is more of a cautionary tale. Balding and pot-bellied, Ray is a parole officer. He has a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt and blames his brother for his misfortunes. Carrie Coon plays Gloria Burgle, the Eden Valley police chief and newly divorced mother, who is trying to understand the new world around her where individuals connect more intimately with their mobile phones than with the people directly in front of them. Eden Valley is so small that it shares it’s police station with the library and isn’t computerised.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead portrays Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge and a plan to keep herself at least one move ahead of her opponents. Also joining the cast for the third instalment is David Thewlis as VM Varga.
In the first episode, a petty sibling rivalry (over a rare stamp that Ray believes his rightfully his but hangs in Emmit’s study) between the two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community.
Fargo: The Law of Vacant Places Episode 1 (of 10) airs on Wednesday 31 May 2017 from 10.00pm-11.25pm on Channel 4.