You may have been as dismayed as I was when writer-producer Noah Hawley said that with writing duties on season two of Legion and a feature film in the works, Fargo’s third outing may have been its last… but there’s good news on the snowy, North Dakotan horizon:

Enter chairman of the show’s broadcaster FX, John Langraf who told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California:

“Noah Hawley, who has become quite a busy bee… has told us that he has an idea that excited me enormously for a fourth cycle of Fargo and the plan is to have that ready in 2019. The anticipation is there will be another cycle of Fargo in 2019.”

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Hawley himself later added “Unfortunately, I can’t really tell you anything about that… It’s still early for me. I really love that world. But it’s still very much a question for me of making sure there’s something left to say about it, and balancing tone. I never want it to be something that people go, ‘Oh that thing, it’s the accents and the funny crime show.’ Yeah, it’s still very much a work in progress.”

While season one of that funny crime show was good (and Hawley’s writing naïveté showed) season two was an absolute joy to behold and season three was a less thrilling but more cerebral mini-masterpiece.

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Now that rumors of Fargo’s premature end have been dumped in the snowy wasteland of Minnesota, all we gotta do is wait for the spring thaw.