Noah Hawley Presses Pause on ‘Fargo’ Season 4 Premiere Date: 2019 Is a ‘Long Shot’

Showrunner says you’ll have to wait “mostly just because it’s a winter show”

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Sorry, “Fargo” fans: you might have to wait even longer for a fourth season of the FX anthology series.

Showrunner Noah Hawley told TheWrap that “it seems like a long shot” that fans will see the completed product on screens next year. 

The good news? Hawley expects production to begin by 2019 at the latest.

I think realistically we will certainly be filming it next year,” Hawley said, but that doesn’t mean it will air then. “Mostly just because it’s a winter show. You know, I have to write [the episodes], then we have to prep it, then we have to film it, which means it’s either this coming winter or next winter.”

“Given my schedule with making a movie and posting a movie this summer, and then gearing up to do more ‘Legion’ assuming we get a pickup,” he said. “It seems like a long shot that I can launch ‘Fargo’ 4 this winter.”

Hawley certainly has a lot on his plate: “Legion” Season 2 premieres April 3, he’s working on two films (“Pale Blue Dot” and “Doctor Doom“) and he’s also adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” as a limited series for FX.

FX CEO John Landgraf said at TCA earlier this year that “the plan is to have [a fourth cycle of ‘Fargo’] ready for 2019.

“I’m focused on what will come in 2018, but our anticipation is that there’s another cycle in 2019,”Landgraf said. The show hasn’t officially been picked up for another season, but Hawley and Landgraf have been talking as if it’s a sure thing.

Hawley was pretty tight-lipped about details, but he did say that Season 4 will be a “period piece” taking place before Season 2 — so, sometime before 1979. He added that Season 4 will “look at Fargo from a thematically different place.”

I feel like the only reason to keep telling the story is if I feel I have something more to say about the American experience, really. Through the credence of a crime show, you know, we’re able to look at things that are very specific to this country,” he continued. “I certainly explored for the last couple of years the idea of greed and the things that people will do for money, which I feel like is a big part of the movie. But I feel like I’ve said what I have to say about that.”

The creator promised: “It will always be a complicated story with a lot of moving pieces.”