Fargo season 2 is coming to an end soon … Last night, FX broadcast “The Castle”, episode 9, finally telling the famous massacre of Sioux Falls. Warning for spoilers.
Review of “The Castle”, episode 9 of season 2 of Fargo … Watch out for spoilers.
The Sioux Falls massacre, long awaited since this mention of Lou Solverson in season 1, has finally taken place. An almost unreal event as he had confided, and as the narrator with the English accent reminds us, strangely resembling the voice of Martin Freeman (spoiler: it’s him). A story told like a scary tale.
A massacre that bears its name well: a dozen police officers killed and a Gerhardt family and their men put six feet underground. A bloodbath simply orchestrated by the stupidity of a police captain and the betrayal of Hanzee. As the narrator explains to us, the latter’s turnaround is inexplicable, and the consequences are terrible. As terrible as that narrow-minded, hay-eating Captain Cheney’s plan to ambush Mike Milligan with the help of Ed and Peggy Blumquists. Obviously, he gets rid of Lou, the only character to feel the disaster has arrived.
Lou was, like many others, an amazing character in this season 2 of Fargo, who always knew how to keep his cool and his calm, even in the most extreme situations. But Cheney’s stupidity was, quite logically, too much for him. It arrives far too late at the scene of the massacre, time to face Bear and be close to death … Until the arrival of a flying saucer, which allows Lou to stick a bullet in the head of his enemy .
“It’s just a flying saucer, Ed!” like the point Peggy who runs away from that crime scene, for one of the best lines of the season. An astonishing arrival which could pass like an inappropriate Deus ex machina. And yet, this little plot has been particularly well constructed from the start, with some elements integrated into the episodes, like this silhouette observed by Betsy, or the mysterious symbols in Hank’s room. This saucer, if it remains surprising, fits logically into all this absurd “Coenienne” story constructed by Noah Hawley.
Mike Milligan, absent for a large part of the episode, will still have had the opportunity to show him at the end of the massacre before quickly disappearing to the sound of the sirens of approaching police. A scene full of humor after several minutes of nameless violence. With the escape of the latter, that of Ed, Peggy and Hanzee, the serious injury of Hank and Betsy who collapses in his kitchen under the horrified eyes of Molly, the final episode of season 2 of Fargo promises us another great hour of television. Is there still a lot to tell, and more deaths to be expected?
In France, the Fargo series is available on Netflix.