Things heat up as Fargo season 3 deals with its first major casualty. We have all the information you need on this week’s episode.
R.I.P., Ray Stussy. The earnest, bumbling parole officer seemed doomed from the start; as with many noir protagonists, his ambition surpassed his wit. Still, we were invested in his and Nikki’s relationship. For all their personal shortcomings, they were one of the few Fargo couples who displayed genuine affection for one another. Even the Solversons had a habit of using civility as a front.
Plus, we’re going to miss watching Ewan McGregor act opposite himself.
But more than halfway through the season, there’s plenty to keep us occupied. Here’s the official synopsis for this week’s Fargo, via Spoiler TV:
"Gloria tries to work around the system, Nikki finds herself in a familiar place, Varga comes up with an alternative plan and Emmit goes to dinner."
Since she returned from Los Angeles, Gloria has mostly stayed on the sidelines, showing up for the occasional interview but otherwise not doing a whole lot. We look forward her taking on a more active role. During her meeting with Varga last week, she revealed a hint of brashness that distinguishes her from previous Fargo detectives, and we hope to get more of that.
The “familiar place” in which Nikki finds herself is presumably jail. So far, she’s been playing second fiddle to Ray, so it will be interesting to see how she fares on her own. We know that she is savvy, but can she outwit Varga? And is it wrong to say that, of all the plots mentioned above, Emmit going to dinner sounds the most exciting?
The episode title, “The Law of Inevitability”, comes from math professor David J. Hand’s book The Improbability Principle, which asserts that unusual events happen every day. This season of Fargo is highly concerned with the coincidence/fate dichotomy, so this certainly seems relevant.
Here’s how to watch the episode:
Date: Wednesday, May 31
Start time: 10 p.m. EST
Episode: “The Law of Inevitability”
TV Channel: FX
Mike Barker directs from a script by Noah Hawley, Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi.