Fargo Season 4 Teaser Apologizes for Series' Awkward, Temporary Pause

As fans of the award-winning FX anthology series Fargo await news on when the fourth "installment" (translation: season), Noah Hawley and season star and executive producer Chris Rock want you to know that they feel your pain but they need to ask for a bit more "Patience". Actually, that's also the name of the teaser that was released on Thursday (though it did have a blink-and-you'll-miss-it brief life on YouTube earlier this week), showing Rock's Loy Cannon and Glynn Turman's Doctor Senator patiently waiting on someone and/or something. Aside from the fact that we're already locked in after less than 30 seconds, the clip's great because it essentially represents the two sets of emotions we've been feeling about the wait.

On Fargo, Is Jason Schwartzman's Josto next in line? Image: FX Networks
On Fargo, Is Jason Schwartzman's Josto next in line? Image: FX Networks

When the series does return from its coronavirus-related production shutdown and makes it to air, Rock is promising viewers that if there's one word to describe the fourth season, it's big. Actually, think very big: "It's the biggest Fargo. The scale is tremendous. Fargo normally tells little stories that get out of hand. They're about ordinary people, something happens, and then we get to see how evil ordinary people can be. This is quite different. We start off gangsters, so we're beginning with bad people, and then it escalates."

In 1950, at the end of two great American migrations — that of Southern Europeans from countries like Italy, who came to the US at the turn of the last century and settled in northern cities like New York, Chicago — and African Americans who left the south in great numbers to escape Jim Crow and moved to those same cities — you saw a collision of outsiders, all fighting for a piece of the American dream.

In Kansas City, two criminal syndicates — one Italian, led by Donatello Fadda, one African American, led by Loy Cannon (Rock) — have struck an uneasy peace, which the heads of both families have cemented by trading their youngest sons.Together they control an alternate economy — that of exploitation, graft and drugs. This too is the history of America.

Cannon is the head of one family, a man who — in order to prosper — has surrendered his oldest boy to his enemy, and who must in turn raise his son's enemy as his own. It's an uneasy peace, but profitable. And then the head of the Kansas City mafia goes into the hospital for routine surgery and dies. And everything changes.

It's a story of immigration and assimilation, and the things we do for money. And as always, a story of basically decent people who are probably in over their heads. You know, Fargo.

Two families meet to keep the peace on Fargo, courtesy of FX Networks.
Two families meet to keep the peace on Fargo, courtesy of FX Networks.

FX's fourth installment of Fargo also stars Timothy Olyphant (Dick "Deafy" Wickware) Uzo Aduba (Zelmare Roulette), Jessie Buckley (Oraetta Mayflower), Salvatore Esposito (Gaetano Fadda), Andrew Bird (Thurman Smutney), Jeremie Harris (Leon Bittle), Gaetano Bruon (Constant Calamita), Anji White (Dibrell Smutney), Francesco Acquaroli (Ebal Violante), Emyri Crutchfield (Ethelrida Pearl Smutney), Amber Midthunder (Swanee Capps), Jack Huston (Odis Weff), Jason Schwartzman (Josto Fadda), Ben Whishaw (Rabbi Milligan), Glynn Turman (Doctor Senator), Corey Hendrix (Omie Sparkman), Karen Aldridge (Zelmare Roulette), Kelsey Asbille, and newcomer Matthew Elam.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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