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‘Fargo’ Comes Full Circle – The Atlantic

‘Fargo’ Comes Full Circle – The Atlantic

This article contains spoilers through the Season 5 finale of Fargo. In the latest season of Fargo, one scene is re-created from the 1996 movie on which the show is based—but with a twist. The first episode finds Juno Temple’s character, Dorothy Lyon, known as Dot, watching TV and knitting on the couch when two masked kidnappers enter. It’s the same scenario that, in the Coen brothers’ original film, Jean Lundegaard (played by Kristin Rudrüd) finds herself in. But whereas a panicked Jean is quickly captured after she tumbles down the stairs, Dot fights back. Armed with household items, she burns the face of one of her potential captors. Although she eventually gets taken, she subsequently frees herself, booby-trapping the gas-station convenience store that she runs into for safety. At the end of the pilot, it’s unclear what this plot inversion represents, or how we’re supposed to feel about the vulnerable yet resilient Dot. Is she a brutal killer with a smiling facade? A villain disguised as a sweetie pie? Audiences have seen the “midwestern …