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Fargo season 5: Release date, cast and plot for Prime Video show

The anthology series returns with a new all-star cast

Juno Temple and Jon Hamm star in Fargo season five. (Prime Video)
Juno Temple and Jon Hamm star in Fargo season five. (Prime Video)

Fans of dark comedy with a distinctive Coen Brothers twist are in luck as Fargo season 5 is heading our way, complete with a new batch of famous faces leading its cast.

Based on The Coen Brothers’ 1996 film of the same name, each edition of this spin-off series has followed a different story and set of characters, with each outing united in its black humour and macabre sensibilities.

While season 4 told a crime story set in 1950s America, its latest outing will bring us back to the present day - well, almost. Intrigued? Read on for all the key details about Fargo season 5.


When does Fargo season 5 start?

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Dotty's disapproving mother in law in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Dotty's disapproving mother in law in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)

Fargo season 5 will premiere on Wednesday, 22 November on Prime Video for UK viewers following its American debut on FX on Tuesday, 21 November.

Viewers will be treated to two episodes when the season launches, with the remainder of the show’s 10-episode arc dished out weekly. The concluding part will drop in mid-January 2024.

Originally, the show was set to debut in September 2023 but was delayed due to Hollywood strikes.


Is there a trailer for Fargo season 5?

Juno Temple is on the run in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)
Juno Temple is on the run in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)

Arriving in late October, the first trailer for Fargo season 5 welcomed us back into a world where crime and comedy intersect.

Throughout its two-minute run-time, we watch the series' central character Dotty narrowly escape the law. However, the longer she stays on the run, the more tangled, intense and comedic the chase to catch her becomes.

Watch the full trailer below:


What is Fargo season 5 about?

Jon Hamm plays a hard-nosed Sheriff in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)
Jon Hamm plays a hard-nosed Sheriff in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)

Set in Minnesota, North Dakota in 2019, Fargo season 5 once again blends black comedy with gripping drama as its characters get drawn into the seedy underbelly of a seemingly respectable town.

It’ll introduce us to Dotty, an unassuming mother and housewife who is suddenly forced to face up to her shady past when it unexpectedly comes back to haunt her.

On her tail is Roy Tillman, a local sherrif who believes so wholeheartedly in the law that he’s convinced himself he's actually above it.

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Roy has been searching for Dotty for a while and as his quest nears its end, things take some surprise turns when this family-focused fugitive is suddenly backed into a corner.

As Roy and Dotty's game of cat-and-mouse progresses, we meet a range of characters including Dotty’s husband and disapproving mother-in-law and Sheriff Tillman’s lackeys and son, the latter of whom is tired of living in his father’s imposing and overbearing shadow.


Who is starring in Fargo season 5?

Stranger Things star Joe Keery will also star in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)
Stranger Things star Joe Keery will also star in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)

Ted Lasso star Juno Temple plays Dotty, the fugitive at the centre of Fargo’s fifth series, with Mad Men star Jon Hamm playing the hard-nosed cop on her tail, Sheriff Roy Tillman.

Oppenheimer star David Rhysdahl plays Dotty’s husband Wayne, with Jennifer Jason Leigh starring as his mother Lorraine who disapproves of his choice of wife.

New Girl star Lamorne Morris plays a cop in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)
New Girl star Lamorne Morris plays a cop in Fargo season 5. (Prime Video)

Stranger Things’ Joe Keery swaps Hawkins for North Dakota to play Roy’s son Gator, with New Girl’s Lamorne Morris and Never Have I Ever’s Richa Moorjani playing small-town cops trying to wrangle an increasingly manic situation.

Elsewhere, audiences can expect to see appearances from comedian Dave Foley, Euphoria’s Lukas Gage, Dexter actor Nick Gomez, Jessica Pohly and British actor Sam Spruell.

Fargo season 5 starts on Wednesday, 22 November on Prime Video in the UK