executive producer Noah Hawley has said that he’s not sure anyone will
be redeemable by the end of the series, so with that in mind, in lieu of
a blow-by-blow recap each week, we’d like to bring you instead a look
at who’s in need of redemption, who’s trying to get it and who just
doesn’t seem to care.
But before we get there, let’s talk about what Hawley has said about a possible Season 2. In a call with the press, he acknowledges that in an industry like this, when a show does well, the network obviously wants it to continue. But the hold-up on renewal is about whether they can make a second season as good as or better than Season 1. Hawley knows we can’t just watch a season of Molly and Gus being happy and going about their simple lives.
So, here’s our suggestion — the Sioux Falls incident from when Lou Solverson was a state trooper. It would involve an entirely new cast, but could still include a lot of ties to this season. Think it over, FX.
The “Fargo” morality index, week ten:
1. Molly Solverson (last week No. 3): She’s the unsung hero of the piece, doing all the work and getting very little of the glory. But we all know who really put a stop to Lorne Malvo and Lester Nygaard.
2. Bill Oswalt (last week No. 4): Bill gets a shout-out here because it takes a big man to admit when he’s in over his head. Bill took a while to get there, but he finally saw what Vern said in episode one — Molly should be chief.
3. Gus Grimly (last week No. NA): Sure, Gus was the big hero by taking out Malvo, but it was a monumentally stupid decision to pursue Malvo on his own. That could have gone so poorly and honestly, until the last second when the light faded from Malvo’s eyes, we were still worried it might go south for Gus. It’s terrific that he got some closure from letting Malvo go during the traffic stop, we totally get that. But it wasn’t Gus’ smartest decision.
4. Lou Solverson (last week No. 1): Lou isn’t much of a factor this week, but we do love him protecting his granddaughter with the proverbial shotgun on the porch. Fingers crossed we see more of him in Season 2 because it focuses on Sioux Falls (though it most likely would have to be a different actor).
5. Agents Pepper and Budge (last week No. 2): We all saw it coming a mile away, but it was still a bummer to watch these two get mowed down by Malvo. We probably shouldn’t have expected much out of them after their monumental screw-up at the stakeout, though.
6. Lorne Malvo (last week No. 5): Gotta hand it to a guy who gets leg caught in a bear trap and still manages to (almost) make it out alive. You’re no match for Gus Grimly, though, sir.
7. Lester Nygaard (last week No. 6): You’re the worst, Lester. You deserve to die in a frozen lake, we’re just glad you didn’t take anyone else out.
What did you guys think of “Fargo” Season 1?