Creator Noah Hawley on Season 3 of 'Fargo': 'I Woke Up From a Nap With This Idea of Two Brothers'

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Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy in Fargo

Season 2 of Fargo was an astounding winner. How do you top it? The answer for series creator Noah Hawley: Sleep on it. An atypical siesta for Hawley became the genesis of Season 3. “I rarely take naps,” he says, “but I woke up from this one with this idea about two brothers played by the same actor. The characters were teenagers, their dad died and left the older one a sports car and the younger one stamps. Knowing that the latter rise in value, the older brother offers to trade with the younger one—and then uses the money to start a parking lot empire.”

'Fargo' Season 3: Brothers Played by Ewan McGregor Appear in First Trailer

'Fargo' Season 3: Brothers Played by Ewan McGregor Appear in First Trailer

Set in 2010 Minnesota, Season 3 of the FX drama is set to premiere April 19.

The brothers became Emmit and Ray Stussy (both played by Ewan McGregor, pictured here as Ray), whose feud carries into adulthood. When Season 3 opens, in 2010, Ray is trying to turn his fortunes around, which leads to a petty theft and then to murder. Meanwhile, Emmit’s seemingly rosy life as the “Parking Lot King of Minnesota” is threatened by the arrival of V. M. Varga (David Thewlis), a creepy debt collector with teeth to match. Enter police chief Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon), a newly single mom who loses her normal cool when the case gets personal.

“The world Gloria thought made sense doesn’t anymore,” says Hawley. “As a result, she’s a little more standoffish and pricklier than [Frances McDormand’s] Marge from the Fargo movie or [Allison Tolman’s] Molly from Season 1. She’s not going to talk about her feelings. But she’s not going to give up either.”

Fargo, Wednesdays, 10/9c, FX