The Big Picture
- Fargo Season 5 introduces a complex and politically charged plot set in 2019 Minnesota, with Dorothy “Dot” Lyon getting into trouble and ultimately being kidnapped.
- The plot centers around Dot trying to escape and hide her previous identity from her family, while Sheriff Tillman plots against her due to their past relationship.
- While there are fewer blood-soaked scenes this season, the mix of dark humor and suspense keeps the narrative engaging, with more intense moments potentially on the horizon.
FX’s Fargo directed by Noah Hawley, and based on the 1996 film of the same name helmed by the Coen Brothers, is back for Season 5 and has released two episodes so far. FX has released a new teaser following the second episode, offering a sneak peek into what’s coming next. A lot has already happened — including Dot’s arrest and her escape from her kidnappers, Lorraine speculating about Dot faking her kidnapping, and Tillman referring to Dot as his wife.
While there are fewer blood-soaked scenes in Season 5 so far, the plot is still psychologically stimulating as Dorothy is constantly being ping-ponged between her family and her mysterious past, becoming unhinged in the process. Although the anthology series carries similar signature Hawley elements in Season 5, things are different and less intense this time around. The season took off with two episodes back-to-back and just like in the 1996 film, two masked men were seen breaking into a house to kidnap a housewife.
Moving forward, we’re likely to see more of Tillman’s pawns trying to kidnap Dorothy as she tries to escape and hide her previous identity from the Lyon family, causing chaos in the town. Jennifer Jason Leigh plays the matriarch of the Lyon family and is the one with “deep pockets.”
What Happened in the First Two Episodes of ‘Fargo’ Season 5?
In the first two episodes of Fargo Season 5, Hawley has introduced a complex and politically charged plot set in 2019 Minnesota. The story begins with Dorothy “Dot” Lyon (Juno Temple) getting into trouble at a school board meeting, leading to her arrest. Dot, living under a new identity with her husband Wayne and daughter Scotty, is then kidnapped by Ole Munch and his associate Donald, under orders from her estranged husband, Sheriff Roy Tillman (played by Jon Hamm). She manages to escape in a dramatic showdown at a gas station.
Meanwhile, in the second episode, Sheriff Tillman, a misogynistic lawman, is revealed to be plotting against Dot, whom he considers indebted to him. Indebted how? He refers to Dot as his wife — making sense of all the teasers released so far and why he was so desperately after Dorothy. Indira Olmstead (played by Richa Moorjani), a deputy, investigates the case but faces obstacles, including Dot’s reluctance to reveal her past as Tillman’s wife.
The two episodes, so far, mix dark humor with suspense. The intense murders, while usually driving the narrative of the anthology series each season, seem to be secondary in Season 5 — but it looks like that might change moving forward.
Fargo airs every Tuesday on FX, will run through the next whole month, and is available to stream on Hulu. Check out the new teaser of Fargo Season 5 below.
Various chronicles of deception, intrigue, and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. All of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.
- Release Date
- April 15, 2014
- Juno Temple, Jon Hamm, Joe Keery, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Rysdahl, Lamorne Morris, Richa Moorjani, Dave Foley
- Crime, Drama, Thriller
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