Fargo's Season 2 Finale: Who Will Live or Die?

Aubry D'Arminio
15-50-2112
FX

Fargo fans, rejoice—the show has been renewed for a third season, after a sophomore run that can be described in one word: killer. The 1979-set Midwestern noir’s turf war between the Gerhardts and Kansas City Syndicate has resulted in more corpses than you can shake a shiv at. And things are about to get even bloodier in the finale. “The surprise is not so much who’s going to die as who’s going to live,” says Patrick Wilson, who plays state trooper Lou Solverson, the decent, soulful lawman caught in the middle. “If major characters start going bye-bye by Episode 5, you’ve got to suspect they’re all going to start dropping eventually.”

Vietnam-vet Lou is sure to survive, however. (The character’s 2006 self was played by Keith Carradine in Season 1.) But he’s not going to have an easy time of it. Still, Wilson says, don’t assume that certain tragic events unveiled last season (e.g., Lou’s wounded hip or his wife’s eventual demise) will occur tonight. “Remember, there are several years between this chapter and the first,” Wilson says. “That’s a lot of room for stuff to happen.”

Instead, prepare to watch Lou do anything to halt the mayhem caused by the Gerhardts and the Syndicate, as well as by naive interlopers Ed and Peggy Blumquist (Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst). “Lou knows deep down that his wife’s cancer is a battle he is not going to win. He’s got to see something good happen. That’s why he’s so determined to see this case through at any cost,” Wilson says. “He’s a pretty successful cop. Mind you, he’s been a step behind for a bit of the series, but by this point, he’s definitely in the thick of it, and how it all goes down is very strange indeed.”

Fargo, Season finale, Monday, Dec. 14, 10/9c, FX