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19 June 2014

Fargo Finale!


MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! Do not read if you haven't seen the finale!

There it is, the final episode of Fargo has aired and we're done. In my first review of Fargo I said that it's a single season TV show, but I am not so sure any more. There are rumors of season 2 circling around, but nothing's been confirmed yet. Fans already have some ideas about the Sioux Falls incident that's been mentioned a few times in these 10 episodes with Lou (you know, Molly's father... ex cop who owns the diner?) as the main character. That would mean a 1970s setting and would be awesome!

As if this season wasn't awesome itself. I loved it, I enjoyed it from the very first minute to the very last. It's an amazing story of a wolf meets a rabbit then turns a rabbit into a fox who then realizes it's been a monster its whole life. Could you really decide on who's the worse man? Malvo or Lester? They're both ruthless bastards, but at least Malvo is honest with himself. Lester on the other hand is a sneaky little... ugh, I can't find the right word to describe him. Killing his wife may have been a rash decision, something he did in anger that's been accumulating inside him for years. But what he did to his own brother... no excuses there. Some may say it was a desperate move and he was ready to do whatever it takes to save his own skin and get rid of his annoying brother (yeah, he was annoying, but he IS still his brother!). So how about what he did to Linda? Sending her to death just like that!? Lester, we all hated you after that episode and you got what you deserved.

The good guys win in Fargo and that is exactly what surprised me the most. I honestly expected something entirely different to happen and that's a big success for this show. Gus got some satisfaction for what's been bothering him for over a year. He was being ripped apart by guilt and he really needed to settle it down. One thing that bothers me is that he got away with murder, but I won't make a fuss about it. Molly also got what she wanted - she's a Chief and we have Bill to thank for it. Good old naive Bill realized who he is at the end and made the best move he could. Good job Saul! I mean Bill, sorry.

I cannot talk about Fargo without mentioning some fantastic acting by just about all the actors in it. Billy Bob was incredibly convincing as Lorne Malvo, his talent for transformation was used numerous times (remember how he pretended to be an innocent preacher?). Martin Freeman as Lester was fantastic (don't forget he's English and had to put an extra effort to do that northern accent), Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine as Lou, Colin Hanks as Gus... But one name stands above all: Allison Tolman as Molly. Allison has been, in my honest opinion, the BEST of them all. She did her role as deputy Solverson so well, she completely overshadowed her more famous colleagues and I hope we get to see more of this fantastic actress in the future.

Overall, Fargo is a fantastic piece of entertainment. The finale may have surprised or even disappointed some, but that's just a thing with finales. I hope they really do end it here and don't go for season 2. And if they do - please do it with a completely different set of characters. There's no need to risk and ruin what's been done.

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