‘Fargo’ Season 3 reviews: ‘Noah Hawley’s series elicits empathy for almost everyone within it’

The highly anticipated premiere of “Fargo” Season 3 debuts Wednesday, April 19 on FX. Created by Noah Hawley, this Emmy winner for Best Limited Series (2014) returns for another season of pseudo-linearity with the previous two TV installments and the 1996 film by the Coen brothers. This year features a fun twist, as movie star Ewan McGregor plays brothers Ray Stussy and Emmit Stussy whose dangerous rivalry will lead to murder in Minnesota. Other cast members include Carrie Coon as the police chief, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ray’s girlfriend and David Thewlis as a mysterious loner.

Are you excited for the new season of “Fargo” Season 3, which is set in the year 2010? Check out some of the glowing critics’ reviews below, where it currently has an impressive 96 score at MetaCritic, and join the discussion about this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.

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Ben Travers (Indiewire): “‘Fargo’ plays into our fear of bad things happening to good people; of right and wrong not being matched by cause and effect. Noah Hawley’s series elicits empathy for almost everyone within it, and then makes you sit and wait in a tortured emotional state to discover who survives this death trap.”

Tim Goodman (The Hollywood Reporter): “Much of what makes ‘Fargo’ so special can be glimpsed in those first two episodes, and based on character description and the arc of this third season, I would bet the rest holds up quite nicely. I say this having ranked the show No. 1 in 2014 and No. 1 in 2015 on my year-end best television lists. There’s something about this show that continually finds its way to greatness.”

Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly): “In plot and tone, the premiere strongly evokes the 1996 classic by the Coen brothers that inspires the show’s wintry milieu and chilly themes, more so than previous installments. But there are conspicuous differences, too, and in them might lie much meaning, although I’m wary of drawing too many conclusions … But I can tell you the premiere, airing April 19, is fantastic.”

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Allison Keene (Collider): “Season 3 is a much more intimate approach to storytelling than the expansive war that defined Season 2 … Season 3 is slow to start, but there’s a palpable sense of layering. The storytelling, the settings, the props, and the language used is all so deliberate that it is engrossing.”

Mitchel Broussard (We Got This Covered): “Noah Hawley is a genius. With two seasons of ‘Fargo’ under his belt — not to mention the just-finished, all-awesome ‘Legion’ — the showrunner is one of the few currently working in TV whose style and tone feels unique, refreshing, and incredibly artful when compared to his peers.”

The first two installments of “Fargo” earned 36 Emmy nominations and won five trophies: Best Limited Series (2014), Best Director for Colin Bucksey (2014), Best Casting (2014), Best Cinematography (2016) and Best Sound Editing (2016). How many Emmys do you think “Fargo” Season 3 will take home?

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