Season 4 of Fargo examines themes of greed, power and race in 1950 Kansas City, but it’s still a lot of fun

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“I spent the last three years saying I was done and then not being done, so I’m not going to say that anymore,” he says, in an interview with Postmedia from his offices in New York. “That being said, we’re not on the fast track and it’s still something I have to think through. This experience of making this season has been Herculean and only more so because of the shutdown and hiatus we had. I’ve only just seen the last two hours this week. There’s still a lot of heavy lifting I have to do before I look past this present moment.”

Season 4 will finally debut on Sunday, Sept. 27 on FX Canada, more than six months after it was supposed to arrive on the airwaves. COVID-19 caused a shutdown and hiatus. But even before that, this instalment was an exercise in heavy lifting. For one, the show shifted production from Calgary, its home base for the past three seasons, to Chicago. The Windy City plays Kansas City circa 1950, requiring a colourful but expensive transformation. It also has the biggest ensemble cast in the show’s history, with an estimated 21 main characters inhabiting an ambitious tale about warring crime syndicates, race, greed, immigration and the American dream.

“The moment you get past the 1970s, you’re really spending money on cars,” he says. “Everything on the street has to change and all the extras have to be dressed. So, yes, it became a sea change scale-wise.”

Chris Rock plays Loy Cannon, who heads a crime syndicate of African-American migrants from the American South and has entered into an uneasy truce with an Italian family headed by Donatello Fadda (Tomasso Ragno) by trading his eldest son to the rival family for the youngest Fadda boy. Beyond that, the series is full of wonderfully named characters who exhibit various degrees of virtue, menace, corruption and derangement, including a Minnesota-nice but murderous nurse named Oraetta Mayflower (Jessie Buckley); a Mussolini-loving brute named Gaetano Fadda (Salvatore Esposito); and a determined Mormon U.S. marshal named Dick ‘Deafy’ Wickware (Timothy Olyphant.)

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