Critic Consensus: "Before the Law" successfully juxtaposes Fargo's sweeping cinematography with intimate character studies that build tension between the various storylines.
as Peggy Blomquist
as Lou Solverson
as Hank Larsson
as Floyd Gerhardt
as Bear Gerhardt
as Ed Blomquist
as Hanzee Dent
as Gale Kitchen
as Simone Gerhardt
as Mike Milligan
as Karl Weathers
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.
For all the reasons above and then some, Floyd [Jean Smart] is probably the character to watch in a sea of rich options.
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.
The relationship between Hank and Lou is wonderfully understated.
'Before the Law' did an excellent job of making Ed, played by Jesse Plemons, into one of season two's most intriguing characters.
As disgusting as it was, there is a kind of elegance to how the show portrays violence. It doesn't wallow in it. It is presented in an almost matter-of-fact style. Ed has to dispose of the body. What else is he going to do?
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