The good and not-so-good people of “Fargo” spent Episode 7 in mourning, but a symbolic final scene painted a contrasting picture of the future.
[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 7, “The Law of Inevitability.”]
Ben Travers writes: Who the heck is that dude wearing a wolf head?
Pardon our lapse in Minnesotan manners, but the ending of a brief but slow-moving “Fargo” threw us for a bit of a loop. It looks like Yui (Goran Bogdan), Varga’s henchman, but the dark lighting of our computer monitors isn’t the only reason we’re not 100 percent certain. If we hadn’t seen the face of the man who dropped into Nikki Swango’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) overturned prisoner transport bus, we would’ve left things at this: The wolf is a symbol repeatedly used for Varga (David Thewlis) throughout Season 5. In Episode 4, Billy Bob Thornton narrated a “symphonic fairy tale” where Varga played the wolf. Episode 5 ended with an ominous shot of a wolf’s head, meant to encapsulate Varga’s looming power as much as it foreshadows what’s to come.
With that in mind, this man is clearly one of Varga’s thugs — likely Yuri — sent to wrench Swango from the arms of the law. Why? Varga’s plan involved Swango getting arrested and accused of killing Ray (Ewan McGregor), which is exactly what’s happened. The fake police officer sent to kill her, played by “Road Trip’s” D.J. Qualls, was likely insurance — if Nikki’s dead, she can’t contradict the story as easily as if she’s alive, and the simple version of Ray’s death plays out as cleanly as Sheriff Moe (Shea Whigham) wants to pretend it actually is.
The wolf-adorned man could then very well be an emergency clause. We saw Meemo (Andy Yu) watching events unfold from his car, as he always does, and he could have easily orchestrated the “accident.” But the scene’s score made it feel more hopeful — romantic, even — than tragic. And if we trace the wolf back to its symbolic origins in Episode 4, the tale of “Peter and the Wolf” ends with a dead duck (Ray) as the cat (Nikki) escapes. More importantly to “Fargo,” this allegory emphasized that we’re supposed to be taking our cues from the music … (read more)