It’s been quite the experience. Fargo, season 2, has come to an end. Not a conclusion, per se; an end. Last year, I wasn’t convinced yet. The first season was too much of a ‘Going Coen’ type of exercise. The tone was spot on, but the story as a whole felt too fragmental, and the reasoning of the characters was often hard to follow. This year, the cohesiveness is there. Understanding of the characters is there – no matter their goofiness. The tone has stayed. The absurdity has risen to great heights. The show deserves every Golden Globe nomination it received last week. It’s a pity it’s over now, with the finale ‘Palindrome’.
I love how Lou (Patrick Wilson) speaks the words that every episode of Fargo starts with. ‘This is a true story…’
I love the montage of all the casualties of the last few weeks, and the inclusion of Lou’s wife Betsy (Cristin Milioti), who then opens her eyes.
I love the flash forward to the Future Lou (Keith Carradine) and Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman).
I love the use of the song ‘War Pigs’ by Black Sabbath to kick things off again.
I love how Mike (Bokeem Woodbine) enters the house. Is he… an… alien..? No, it was just tongue-in-cheek, wasn’t it? Was it?
I love Peggy’s (Kirsten Dunst) ‘You’re going to be okay’, after seeing a pretty devastating wound. Relentless Blumquist optimism.
I love Peggy and Ed’s (Jesse Plemons) emotional moment (in a cold storage).
I love ‘You see the shotgun, right?’
I love the ticking clock in the background, during Mike’s speech about kings. And cruelty.
I love the cold, making Peggy hallucinate.
I love how Lou’s obnoxious colleague Ben ‘I don’t know how to write this up’ Schmidt (Keir O’Donnell) is almost overtaken by emotions.
I love Lou and Peggy’s car drive.
I love Peggy’s romantic idea of a Californian prison, overlooking the ocean.
I love Lou’s war story.
I love ‘They call it our burden, but it’s really our privilege’.
I love Peggy’s look in the backseat, like life has been drained from her face.
I love the car drive ending with ‘California Dreamin’’
I love how the makeup artists went all out on Hanzee’s (Zahn McClarnon) face.
I love that Mike’s done all his hard work, only to get offered a desk job. (Probably means he’s not an alien after all.)
I love that he has to get something grey, or pinstriped.
I love that the show’s quietly moved into the eighties. The end of an era. Everything’s different now. Everything’s just about the money.
I love how Mr. and Mrs. Solverson are such a believable couple, including inside marriage jokes.
I love that Hank (Ted Danson) is creating a new language. Based on boxes and triangles.
I love that he sees himself, not as a good man, but a man with good intentions.
I love that the season ends with Lou and Betsy in bed. Tomorrow’s just another day. No reason to let her die from cancer in the last scene. Everything’s fine at that exact moment. They turn off the light and go to sleep.