Every episode of Fargo, the anthology series adored by fans and critics alike, begins with the sentence, “This is a true story,” just like the film from the Coen brothers did back in 1996. Now, the line seems to take on a bit more relevance as the show finished its third season.
Just as its critically-acclaimed and award-winning predecessors, Fargo’s third season was a non-stop, weird, amazing joy ride. The show is padded with the sort of comedically dark thrills that the film boasts and the third season provided some of the strangest characters we’ve seen so far.
The main focus of the third season was around two brothers, Emmit and Ray Stussy. The former is a parking lot magnate in Minnesota and the latter is his younger, less successful brother who is having an affair with a parolee of his named Nikki Swango. The Stussys are both portrayed by Ewan McGregor and Swango by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The argument the two brothers are in is over a stamp that Emmit received from their late father, which is now very valuable. The feud quickly results in murder, as Fargo tends to do.
But of course, no season of Fargo would be complete without a compelling villain. And this season, the disgusting, repulsive, and downright evil V.M. Varga was expertly portrayed by David Thewlis. He actively rebukes the notion of having morals, as opposed to the police chief in this season of Fargo, named Gloria Burgle and portrayed by Carrie Coon.