The Fargo Frozen Five is a weekly countdown of five notable things from FX’s Minnesota murder show, meant to serve as a supplement to our standard recap coverage. It will probably get weird at times. In a way, that’s kind of appropriate.
5. “You know, congratulations and all that”
It looks like the big thrust this season is going to be the sibling rivalry between our dueling Ewan McGregors, Ray and Emmit Stussy, as they fight over an inheritance and the way their lives have played out since it was distributed. Other unrelated Stussys may get murdered in the process. It’s one of the more fun things about this show: a mishap with a joint caused an address to blow out a car window which resulted in a case of mistaken identity that turned a planned brotherly stamp robbery into the violent murder of the police chief’s father-in-law, and bingo bango we’re off.
More importantly, to me, which is what matters here, is that the show’s return means the return of Minnesota accents and odd, polite turns of phrase. The one I quoted at the top of this section is a pretty good example. Ray said it to Emmit during their meeting in the office. Starts with the “you know” and ends with the “and all that,” which is the pleasant, Minnesota way of dismissively negating everything that comes before it. In context, it’s almost an insult. I love it.
Welcome back, television show.
4. Enter, Varga
Does anyone on TV get to have more fun than villains in Noah Hawley shows? Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in season one, Bokeem Woodbine as Mike Milligan in season two, Aubrey Plaza as an evil brain-occupying mutant in Legion, and now David Thewlis as this season’s mysterious underworld-type V.M. Varga. I’d say he was eating it all up, but I’m not sure this character’s teeth can even handle solid foods. I do not want to find out.
My point here is that if Noah Hawley’s asks you to play a bad guy in one of his shows, just say yes. Don’t even read the script. It’ll probably work out.