As the highly anticipated fifth season of Fargo is set to premiere on November 21, series creator Noah Hawley has confirmed a sixth outing for the black comedy crime drama. “I’d be lying if I said this is not the most fun I have in my year making this show,” Hawley told Deadline. “I haven’t run out of ways to tell these stories. Why wouldn’t I keep going?”
Fargo Season 6 Announced Ahead Of Season 5’s Release
With six Primetime Emmy awards, Fargo has become synonymous with its unique storytelling and compelling characters. Executive Producer Steve Stark shared the sentiment, pointing out that the series could cover the 60s and the 90s in the future. Always ready with a quip, Hawley threw in the idea of an 80s crossover with Stranger Things.
Set against the backdrop of a 2019 America divided along red-state vs. blue-state lines, Fargo Season 5 promises to be a gripping installment. Juno Temple takes on the role of Dot Lyon, a dutiful mother with a shady past, while Jennifer Jason Leigh portrays Lorraine Lyon, a character steeped in old-school money and power.
What Is Fargo About?
The series kicks off with the kidnapping of Dot, introducing a myriad of suspects, including her nebbish Kia car salesman husband, Wayne Lyon, played by David Rhydahl. Hawley, known for infusing social and political commentary into his stories, shed light on the thematic choices for the new season of Fargo. “The show is always an exploration of America,” he explained.
“If you’re going to explore contemporary America, you have to be real about it,” Hawley continued. The characters represent various aspects of Republican voters, offering a nuanced perspective on their motivations and values. Addressing the complexities of communication in the current political climate, Hawley emphasizes that Fargo has always been a tragedy about how people struggle to connect.
The Show Is Based On The 1996 Movie
“It’s really looking at what the last few years have done to the language,” Hawley explained. In a world where the meaning of words like ‘freedom’ has become subjective and divisive, the series aims to dissect the challenges of communication in an increasingly polarized society. “When you say ‘freedom,’ and I say ‘freedom,’ what are we talking about?” Hawley added.
Created by Noah Hawley, Fargo is a critically acclaimed television anthology series loosely inspired by the 1996 film of the same name. Premiering in 2014, each season features a new storyline and characters while maintaining a thematic connection to the film’s dark humor, unique storytelling, and the Midwestern setting.
Fargo’s Stories So Far
The first season of Fargo, set in Bemidji, Minnesota, introduces Lester Nygaard, whose life takes an unfortunate turn following a chance encounter with hitman Lorne Malvo. Season 2, set in 1979, explores a turf war between crime families and the consequences of a violent incident at a local diner. Season 3, set in modern times, revolves around the Stussy brothers, exploring sibling rivalry and corporate greed.
The fourth season of Fargo, set in 1950s Kansas City, examines the uneasy truce between African American and Italian crime syndicates, exploring issues of power, immigration, and the American Dream. Over the years, the series has earned numerous awards, including Primetime Emmys, solidifying its reputation as a standout in television.
The cast across Fargo’s various seasons boasts a roster of talented actors. Season 1 features Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Colin Hanks. Season 2 includes Kirsten Dunst, Patrick Wilson, Jesse Plemons, and Ted Danson. Season 3 stars Ewan McGregor, Carrie Coon, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and David Thewlis.
The fourth season introduces Chris Rock, Jessie Buckley, Jason Schwartzman, and Ben Whishaw. The upcoming fifth season of Fargo features Juno Temple, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Jon Hamm, promising another stellar ensemble performance.