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‘Fargo’ Season 5 Throws Jon Hamm into a Divided Mid-West Mystery

After an almost three-year hiatus, cult FX TV series Fargo has returned for its fifth season. The first two episodes of the unique crime series—inspired by the Coen brothers’ 1996 film of the same name—have dropped on SBS and SBS On Demand in Australia and they don’t disappoint. This time around, the action unfolds in Minnesota and North Dakota, with an all-star cast taking us deeper into the throes of the American mystery than ever before.

As with all seasons of Noah Hawley’s acclaimed TV adaptation, the new instalment unfolds with a brand-new narrative, led by a slew of new characters. While it pays homage to the original film through revisited elements and a shared tone, the series deliberately avoids the label of a direct sequel. 

Juno Temple in 'Fargo' season 5 (2023) | Image: FX
Juno Temple in Fargo Season 5 (2023) | Image: FX

Fargo Season 5 is set against the backdrop of 2019 in Minnesota and North Dakota, featuring a dynamic ensemble of talent, including Jon Hamm, Juno Temple, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joe Keery, Lamorne Morris, and Richa Moorjani. As per FX’s official synopsis, Dorothy ‘Dot’ Lyon (played by Juno Temple) finds herself in trouble with the authorities due to a surprising turn of events, thrusting her “back into a life she thought she had left behind.”

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As her most intimate secrets start to surface, she strives to protect her family from her past. To track down Dot, Roy Tillman (Jon Hamm) enlists the help of Ole Munch (played by Sam Spruell), a mysterious drifter. Alongside Roy is Gator (played by Joe Keery), Tillman’s loyal yet clumsy son, determined to prove himself despite his lack of skill.

Meanwhile, Dot’s caring and well-intentioned husband Wayne (played by David Rysdahl) turns to his mother, Lorraine Lyon (portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh), for help. Lorraine, the CEO of the nation’s biggest debt collection agency and dubbed the “Queen of Debt,” is less than pleased with her son’s marital choice and makes that clear every chance she gets.

Jon Hamm in 'Fargo' season 5 (2023) | Image: FX
Jon Hamm in Fargo Season 5 (2023) | Image: FX

However, when Dot’s odd behaviour attracts the attention of Minnesota Police Deputy Indira Olmstead (Richa Moorjani) and North Dakota Deputy Witt Farr (Lamorne Morris), Lorraine intervenes. She calls on her in-house counsel and primary advisor, Danish Graves (Dave Foley), to step in and assist her daughter-in-law. After all, in the Lyon family, loyalty runs deep. Despite the mounting challenges, Dot is ready to prove why one should never underestimate the resilience of a Lyon mother, especially when she’s up against the ropes.

Fargo is created by showrunner, writer, and director Noah Hawley and his production company 26 Keys, along with executive producers Warren Littlefield, Steve Stark, Kim Todd, Joel, and Ethan Coen. Produced by MGM Television and FX Productions, with MGM Television as the lead studio, the series is globally distributed through Amazon & MGM Studios Distribution.

Fargo Season 5 is gearing up for an exciting run with 10 weekly episodes, promising a thrilling schedule filled with suspense and drama. Australian viewers can now catch the season premiere streaming on SBS and SBS On Demand. And for those looking to dive into the earlier seasons, Fargo seasons one to four are available for binge-watching on Stan.

'Fargo' season 5 (2023) | Image: FX
Fargo Season 5 (2023) | Image: FX/im
Jon Hamm in 'Fargo' season 5 (2023) | Image: FX
Jon Hamm in Fargo Season 5 (2023) | Image: FX