Fargo The Law of Inevitability Review
Fargo, The Law of Inevitability places the fate of two pivotal characters in the air and focuses on perception versus truth.
Written by Noah Hawley, Matt Wolpert, Ben Nedivi
Directed By Mike Barker
Emmit Stussy/Ray Stussy: Ewan McGregor
Gloria Burgle: Carrie Coon
VM Varga: David Thewlis
Nicki Swango: Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Meemo: Andy Yu
Yuri: Goran Bogdan
Chief Dammick: Shea Whigham
Officer Lopez: Olivia Sandoval
Sy Feltz: Michael Stuhlbarg
Maurice LeFay: Scoot McNairy
Donny Mashman: Mark Forward
Ruby Goldfarb: Mary McDonnell
Assassin: DJ Qualls
Muderlack: David Sparrow
The Law of Inevitability refers to one single possible outcome for a given random event. In other words something must happen. In The Lord of No Mercy, the episode ends with Gloria speeding back to Ray’s home, which Meemo and Varga are “fixing” to tell a story. The Law of Inevitability begins with Gloria hovering over Ray’s lifeless body. Varga’s obsession with perceived narratives works as Nicki is arrested for Ray’s murder. A lowlife, deadbeat who beats his girlfriend is finally killed by said abused girlfriend. That narrative fits with Nicki’s bruised body and her willingness to engage in a relationship with the man who can help with her probation.
Chief Dammick sees Nicki as guilty, refusing Gloria’s more plausible story and timeline of events. Yet, even when her job is threatened Gloria refuses to leave Saint Cloud Metro and even sends Officer Lopez to gauge Emmit’s reaction to the announcement of Ray’s death.
Muderlack, who shrugs off Gloria’s story at first is the least bit convinced after a failed attempt at Nicki’s life. With an opportunity to explain everything, Nicki’s only advice to Gloria is “follow the money,” a vague statement and one that may reintroduce Larue Dollars and his encounter with Meemo. Chief Dammick’s timeline of events, for apprehending Nicki makes little sense. Ray is seen purchasing the room for him and Nicki. How can Dammick explain the timeline without rearranging the events?
An Alert Officer Lopez
Emmit’s reaction to hearing about Ray’s death is placing doubt on himself. Officer Lopez’s reaction to hearing him blurt out “I was here since six,” doubts his credibility and his accusation of Nicki having to play apart in his death before hearing it was foul play further pushes Lopez to that conclusion. There’s little room for Emmit’s alibi with Lopez asking Goldfarb some questions.
Sy may very well be the fall guy for this situation. As he states, “his world is falling apart,” a sentiment that may carry more weight as the season progresses. With Varga looming overhead watching Emmit and Sy conversing, Sy leaves thinking his time is nearly up. Emmit’s accusations of double crossing him leaves Sy knowing there’s a target on his back and seeing Varga blankly stare at him pushes that agenda further. Sy’s fearing death to him and his family. However, Varga’s need to change the narrative may make Sy a fall guy for nearly everything.
Sy crashed his car into Ray’s, Sy called Nicki the day she was beaten, and Sy lied to police. Whether it was intentional or not, Sy’s truth is less credible than his “story.”
The truth is less credible than the story for everybody involved. How is anyone going to believe Emmit received a $1 million loan during one of the most difficult financial times in the US? Who’s going to believe a “ghost” took over Stussy Lots for criminal activity? Varga doesn’t exist and in a world where nearly everyone is online that’s a rarity.
Mashman, in all his dimwittedness, stumbles upon Yuri in an intense scene. His stupidity may have caused Gloria’s son to be in danger but also presents an opportunity to help solve the case. Yuri made his presence known to Mashman. Outside of Nicki, Yuri is nearly invisible and little people about his existence – those who have come in contact with him have been killed. Mashman could help corroborate Nicki’s story, if she ever talks to Gloria again.
Mr. Wrench and Sy’s Fate
The biggest surprise comes at the tail end of the episode with the reintroduction of Mr. Wrench, played by Russell Harvard, from Fargo season one. Fans speculated on message boards about his connection to Nicki but it’s unclear whether his presence is there to bridge the gap between all three seasons or if he’s there as a vital part of the story. The season is at the point where if Nicki lives or dies, the investigation will continue, though her death may fast track the outcome.
The Crooked Man poem isn’t wedged into the story to have Varga commiserate with a broken Emmit. The poem, which many believe stems from King Charles I’s reign in England, is about the English and Scots ceasing from further acts of animosity due to a shared border. This could speak to Emmit’s broken agreement with Ray, causing his death and creating faux peace for himself and his company. It could even speak on Sy, forcing Sy to cooperate and creating a peace from that. Or, it could mean killing Nicki and creating peace from that deed.
Gauging Sy’s reaction when he returns to his wife and the juxtaposition of hearing the final line of the rhyme, “And they all lived together in a crooked house,” leads me to believe Sy might be in danger. Nothing Noah Hawley does is accidental.
With a small cameo from DJ Qualls as the assassin, the world Varga brought with him is expanding. Up to this point, Meemo and Yuri have been the only villains we met and seeing locals take part in criminal activity engrains the show back in with its roots: the criminal underground world found in Minnesota and the Dakotas.