Fargo review 2

We all know by now Fargo is a show in which a lot of mistakes occur. Characters rarely take the higher path on Noah Hawley‘s FX series, which returned this week with some dramatic repercussions following the fantastic premiere. “The Principle of Restricted Choice” shows characters questioning the uneasy choices they’ve already made.

One character whose chi is rock solid in director Michael Uppendahl‘s episode? The enigma, V.M. Varga (David Thewlis). Good luck google searching him.

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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is part two of a larger interview. You can read part one right over here.)

The Leftovers isn’t playing it safe in its third and final season. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s series has grown more ambitious over its three chapters and this season can get pretty bonkers, to say the least.

As out there as The Leftovers can get, it somehow manages to stay grounded. The surreal touches and bizarre turns tend to carry an emotional weight, striking deep into the heart of the characters. Last season’s “International Assassin” is a great example of that.

Lindelof takes some big swings with season 3. He recently told us about some of the risks the writers took, how the music has evolved over the series, and what he’s learned from the experience of The Leftovers.

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Fargo extended season 3 trailer

The season 3 premiere of Fargo doesn’t disappoint. After two acclaimed seasons, creator Noah Hawley introduces a new ensemble in an intimate and very contained season 3 premiere. Hawley, who wrote and directed the episode, focuses on a small group at the start: Emmitt and Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor), Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and to a lesser extent, Police Chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon).

Long before the premiere even concludes, Hawley establishes all of their personalities and troubles. Like the two previous seasons of Fargo, every one of them is compelling enough to star in their own series. And just like the Coen Brothers’ 1996 film, there remains no such thing as small parts in Fargo.

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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is the first half of a two-part interview. The second half will run later this week.)

The Leftovers entered its third and final season this week. The first hour was what we’ve come to expect from showrunner Damon Lindelof‘s ambitious HBO drama – the start of another ominous, darkly funny, and emotional journey for the struggling family at the heart of the Tom Perrotta adaptation. Kevin Garvey Jr. (Justin Theroux) and co. remain at the forefront of this story, not the mystery (as intriguing as it is).

There are a few questions raised at the start of season 3, but the characters continue to drive Damon Lindelof and Perrotta’s story. The new season is set three years after the events of season two, and some of them have changed and grown, but others still find themselves lost in this fish-out-of-water chapter of The Leftovers.

I was recently able to speak with Lindelof about the series and while we didn’t get into too many plot specifics, we did talk about the structure of season 3, shows that inspire the series (like Rick and Morty), and the side effects of binge-watching.

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Fargo season 3 reviews

Like the Coen BrothersNoah Hawley tests his characters in all sorts of challenging, horrific, and comedic ways. Sometimes he’ll let them off the hook, but more often than not, nothing comes easy. Especially if you’re a character in Fargo. There’s always going to be some heartbreak and suffering.

According to the early reviews for Fargo season 3, Hawley has created another memorable, hilarious ensemble knee-deep in hot water. Let’s bundle up and explore the cold wasteland of the early Fargo season 3 buzz.

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Leftovers post photo

The Leftovers third season is a continuation of everything the second season got right. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perotta once again take their drama into new, unexpected, and even stranger territory. Right from the very start of the final season, it feels like anything goes. There’s a great, almost free-wheeling sensibility to this season, despite how dense and full each episode is. Here’s a final season that doesn’t waste any time.

It won’t end with any “to be continued” silliness either, at least according to Lindelof. Below, read what he had to say about The Leftovers series finale.

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Fargo season 3 featurette

“As you can imagine, things go wrong,” actor Michael Stuhlbarg says about season 3 of Fargo, succinctly summing up the series in which dreams are rarely ever made. Noah Hawley‘s show often involves characters making poor decisions, much to our delight and horror. Starting April 19, we’ll meet a new batch of desperate Fargo characters doomed by coincidence and fate.

Below, watch the Fargo season 3 featurette.

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Fargo extended season 3 trailer

“Pitchfork peasants with murders in their eyes” are coming, V.M. Vargas (David Thewlis) warns viewers in the new preview for Fargo season 3. Vargas is most likely talking to the man with the overwhelming smile shown above, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor). What sort of trouble Emmit finds himself in on the show is still a mystery, but it’s safe to expect a touch of murder and plenty of laughs.

Below, watch the Fargo season 3 extended trailer.

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fargo season 3 trailer

I think we’ve crested the hill. I think we can finally stop talking about how surprising it is that FX’s Fargo series is so very good and just start talking about how it’s just so very good. Noah Hawley‘s anthology series, set in the same icy, murder-y world as Joel and Ethan Coen’s incredible 1996 film, is one of the best shows on television at the moment.

And finally, the first proper Fargo season 3 trailer has arrived.

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Fargo season 3 commercials

Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy looks about as down on his luck as a man can get. The less successful brother of the “Parking Lot King” of Minnesota just reeks of desperation, making him right at home in the world of FX’s Fargo. In less than a month’s time, we’ll likely see Ray make some very bad and very foolish decisions that get a lot of people hurt. I can’t wait. For now, let’s watch some new Fargo season 3 teasers.

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