Oh hi there! In case ya didn’t realize, this here post will be discussing the entirety of the season of Fargo on FX, especially the finale episode Morton’s Fork. So maybe you should steer clear if you’re not finished.
Ultimately, Lorne Malvo was not the devil.
Fargo’s villain was proven to be just a bad, bad man when he was shot by human-weasel hybrid Lester Nygaard near the end of the show’s finale. In the words of the Predator fighting Dutch, “If it bleeds, we can kill it.” Lester weakened Malvo, and meek Gus appropriately delivered the killing blow.
If Malvo wasn’t the devil, then what was he? He seemed supernatural at times, disappearing from Lester’s basement and delivering plagues upon poor, beleaguered Stavros. I’m sure off camera Malvo is awkwardly scrambling through a tiny window in that basement. He seems like the kind of guy to hide in a dumbwaiter for hours, just waiting for someone to say his name.
The point of Lorne Malvo though was to seem like an unstoppable force of nature. He was the kind of guy that didn’t give a damn about killing incompetent FBI agents or just marching into a building full of northern mafioso and shooting every last one of them. Lorne Malvo might ultimately be remembered as Billy Bob Thornton’s iconic role. That’s really saying something for a guy with an already stellar career. The character was a charming wolf in man’s clothing that deserved every slug that was pumped into him.
Whether that was a season finale or a series finale, that’s anyone’s guess. Fargo wrapped up its story in fairly neat fashion. Gus finally found his courage. Molly received the recognition she sought and deserved. Trusting old Bill realized that he was in the wrong line of business since he nearly fainted every time he saw a drop of blood. And Lester finally got his comeuppance, falling through some very on the nose thin ice.
Fargo ended up being a great 10 episode ride, despite initial reservations about bringing the Coen brothers film to television. The symbolism was a little heavy handed at times. There’s Lester falling through the thin ice he’s been walking on all season and Malvo alluding to the Garden of Eden. But it fits in with the style of the show, which ultimately ended up being a fairly black and white affair.
Lester might have started out as a sympathetic figure, but by the time he was urging Linda to put out his orange coat he was downright despicable. Malvo was the face of evil. Gus and Molly are about as gosh darn good hearted and likeable as characters get. It’s refreshing to see a show that can still go fairly straightforward with the premise of good and evil and be great. Murky characters are great, but sometimes you just need to see the righteous overcome difficult circumstances.