This week’s episode of Fargo was a fairly lacklustre affair, especially coming straight after last week’s cliffhanger ending.
Despite being a weaker episode, the onus of this week was to deliver some much-needed exposition to the plot.
Grimly’s (Colin Hanks) position within this episode feels like he has been sidelined until the plot demands that he’s needed. The scene shared between him and his daughter (Joey King) is a nice little character building moment, as well as being something all parents and their children can relate to. The introduction of Grimly’s neighbour (a potentially short-lived character) suggests Hanks’ character will start his emotional development.
This episode definitely had less impact. The previous weeks showed strength of writing, and highly tense standoffs between various characters. In contrast, this week saw a lighter hand on the wheel, a necessity, to allow the audience a breather from the tension that had been building since the beginning. Allowing some of the pressure to ease off will be a great way for the show to remain at the top of its game. However, it would be worrying, were we to discover that the writers had shot their load prematurely, before we’d reached the halfway point of the series. It’s too soon to tell if this is a one off decline in quality, or a worrying downward trend, but there’s still plenty to enjoy with this series.