Before The Law



Critic Consensus: "Before the Law" successfully juxtaposes Fargo's sweeping cinematography with intimate character studies that build tension between the various storylines.

Episode Info

The Gerhardts get an unexpected offer and two surprising murderers try to clean up their mess.


Kirsten Dunst
as Peggy Blomquist
Patrick Wilson
as Lou Solverson
Ted Danson
as Hank Larsson
Jean Smart
as Floyd Gerhardt
Angus Sampson
as Bear Gerhardt
Jesse Plemons
as Ed Blomquist
Zahn McClarnon
as Hanzee Dent
Brad Mann
as Gale Kitchen
Rachel Keller
as Simone Gerhardt
Bokeem Woodbine
as Mike Milligan
Nick Offerman
as Karl Weathers
Cristin Milioti
as Betsy Solverson
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Critic Reviews for Before The Law

The show's grandiose and dramatic pronunciations about monarchs and madness seem to emerge from careful character study rather than late-night Nietzche binges. That's how you build an empire: one body at a time.

Oct 21, 2015 | Full Review…

For all the reasons above and then some, Floyd [Jean Smart] is probably the character to watch in a sea of rich options.

Oct 21, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Lou Solverson may be getting closer in the murder investigation, and Ed Blomquist is stuck cleaning up the bloody mess, but we're way more interested in Floyd Gerhardt, Betsy Solverson and Peggy Blomquist.

Sep 1, 2018 | Full Review…

From stolen toilet paper to cancer, everything's either a lie about to be told or a promise about to be broken in this world.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Quick transitions between storylines, some of which intersect, create an entertaining follow-up to the phenomenal season premiere, even if by the end you feel as if nothing has changed.

Oct 21, 2015 | Full Review…

The relationship between Hank and Lou is wonderfully understated.

Oct 21, 2015 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

Like the Coen brothers, Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley revels in sprawling tales where each character sees themselves as a rational center amid a swirl of chaos.

Oct 21, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The weather may grow cooler as the autumn settles in, with October marching on toward Halloween, but ghosts are already all the rage in Fargo and the hauntings only look to get more severe.

Oct 21, 2015 | Full Review…

'Before the Law' did an excellent job of making Ed, played by Jesse Plemons, into one of season two's most intriguing characters.

Oct 21, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There's one Coens-specific idea that brings tonight's thrilling hour all the way back to their debut feature, Blood Simple: Crime isn't for amateurs. And a related lesson: Blood doesn't sop up easily.

Oct 21, 2015 | Full Review…