After an iconic film and four seasons of gruesome Midwestern crime, what can we expect from Fargo season 5? After the fourth season was delayed due to the pandemic, the season had some of the series’s worst reviews. Season 5 hasn’t been officially renewed, Fargo creator Noah Hawley has already expressed his interest in adding a fifth season to the crime anthology. Here’s everything we know about Fargo season 5 so far.
Set in the same universe as the Coen brothers’ film, the Fargo anthology series tells the story of Fargo, North Dakota, and beyond. Each season features its own set of unique characters, with a few characters reappearing to tie the seasons together. Though every season focuses on a different town in Midwestern America, the crimes that happen inside those towns reveal that they aren’t as unrelated as they may seem. Murder, greed, and betrayal plague the people of these towns, leaving behind a trail of crime in their wake.
Fargo season 4 deviated from the small-town feel to move on to the Kansas City mafia. Two crime syndicates are fighting to run 1950 Missouri; the Cannons, led by Loy Cannon (Chris Rock), and the Faddas, led by Josto Fadda (Jason Schwartzman). After the two families swap children in the traditional attempt at peace, the plan goes horribly wrong, and the fight for power leaves the city plagued with death.
Noah Hawley has teased that he wants to end the anthology with Fargo season 5. Currently, the series hasn’t been renewed for a fifth season, but Hawley seems confident in its existence. When asked if season 5 is in the works during an interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley says that he thinks so, but that he doesn’t “have it” quite yet. In an SXSW conversation, Hawley says he’ll “get to it in the next year.“
Without a confirmation for Fargo’s season 5 renewal, it may be a while before the series returns. Fargo season 4 aired almost three and a half years after Fargo season 3; if season 5 follows the same schedule, it may not air until 2023 or 2024. Hawley is also busy with several projects, including a series based on the Alien franchise for FX and his own novel, “Anthem.” The pause in production during 2020 has caused a boom in 2021, which Hawley claims has made it difficult to find a spot for filming Alien. Hawley says he is going to wait for the “bubble” to burst before they film the series so they can do it right — because of this wait, it might be even longer until Fargo season 5 starts filming.
So far, an official cast hasn’t been released for Fargo season 5. Familiar faces have appeared in multiple seasons, either reprising previous roles or playing new ones. Some characters, like Lou Solverson, are portrayed by multiple actors at different points in their lives. With Fargo season 5 wrapping up the previous storylines, it is very possible that previous cast members will return for the series’s conclusion. Some big names have graced Fargo’s credits before, including Chris Rock, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, and Patrick Wilson.
With Fargo season 5 likely being the final story, Hawley has expressed that he wants season 5 to wrap up what has come before it, stating “I think it would be good to create an ending, and deliberately come to something, knowing it’s the last one and see how one might wrap up this anthology.” While no official story details have been released, it’s a fair bet to say Fargo season 5 will reveal the big picture of this crime anthology.