The past is always present in Fargo, Noah Hawley’s anthological adaptation of the Coens’ 1996 black comedy of the same name — not only is each season a period piece, but you can usually count on at least one main character’s prior actions influencing the storyline. Season 4 of the FX comedy-drama, which starred Chris Rock, was particularly concerned with how a family’s history becomes intertwined with that of a town.
So, it’s not entirely surprising to learn that Season 5 will see Dot Lyon’s (Ted Lasso’s Juno Temple) past come back to haunt her in 2019, disrupting her perfectly nice marriage with Wayne (David Rysdahl), the son of Lorraine Lyon (Jennifer Jason Leigh), also known as “the Queen of the Debt.” Based on the trailer, there’s a lot in store for the Lyon family and the self-righteous (to put it mildly) lawman who won’t let Dot slip through his fingers again.
The Fargo Season 5 preview is just one of this week’s best trailers, which also include the overture of The Crown’s swan song, the show perhaps best suited to calling itself “TV comfort food,” and the antithesis of the latter.
With Pieces of Her and Who Is Erin Carter?, Netflix seemed to have cornered the market on “female John Wick” stories. But it looks like Fargo and Juno Temple will give the streamer a run for its money. The fifth season of the FX anthology centers on Dot, a “typical Midwestern housewife” (though, if you’re from the Midwest, you know just how many subtypes there are within this archetype). After she dispatches a couple of burglars, it becomes clear to everyone, including Minnesota Police Deputy Indira Olmstead (Richa Moorjani) and North Dakota Deputy Witt Farr (Lamorne Morris), that Dot isn’t who she appears to be. But North Dakota Sheriff Roy Tillman (Jon Hamm! Introduced soaking in a hot tub!) thinks he knows exactly who Dot is (or was), and he’s going to bring her to justice.
Temple shows a different kind of steely resolve here than she did in Ted Lasso, as Dot has to contend with a relentless sheriff, his dopey son (Joe Keery as Gator Tillman), her own judgmental mother-in-law, and Ole Munch (Sam Spruell), who couldn’t have more of Fargo name if he tried (his haircut’s also giving Anton Chigurh).
It’s the beginning of the end for The Crown, Netflix’s royal family drama and awards stalwart. The final season has been split into two parts, with the first batch of episodes premiering in November and the second half coming mid-December. Though the new season opens with the next chapter in Diana’s (Elizabeth Debicki) life, as she embarks on a new romance with Dodi Fayed (Khalid Abdalla), it will also dramatize the tragic car accident that took her life. Season 6 will also feature the beginnings of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s relationship.
Daniel Goldfarb’s Max series returns with a second helping of tasty and tasteful biodrama. Everyone from Julia (Happy Valley’s Sarah Lancashire) and Paul Child (David Hyde Pierce, still too busy and discriminating for the Frasier reboot) to PBS producer Alice (Brittany Bradford) navigates the trappings of success, just as Elaine Levitch (Rachel Bloom), a powerhouse director from CBS, shows up to shake things up.
The trailer for the embattled Squid Game spin-off doesn’t really answer our questions about how exactly you can make a non-lethal reality competition series based on Netflix’s 2021 smash hit, but it’s nonetheless fun to watch.