Peggy Blumquist (Kirsten Dunst)
Beautician Peggy and her butcher husband Ed live a typical life in the same town as the Solversons, but their already-rocky marriage is about to get rockier after the events of the first episode. "Peggy and Ed want different things in life," says Dunst. "I think part of Peggy is happy staying in Minnesota, because it's what she's used to, but then the other part says, "I want to get out," and go be, you know, a celebrity hairdresser in California. But she doesn't have the tools to do that."
Ed Blumquist (Jesse Plemons)
Let's let Plemons fill you in: "Ed wants what his father had. At the time, people were just trying to get back to the American Dream and get beyond the war and the whole Watergate fiasco. What I really like about Ed is… I come from a small town, and it really can be that simple—it is that simple for Ed: A good life is working hard, being your own boss, marrying the woman you love, starting a family. Which is why things with Peggy get a little askew, he thought that was what she wanted as well." Read more: Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons