Critic Consensus: While Fargo's third season borders on the familiar, "The Law of Vacant Places" includes commanding performances, fascinating characters, and a hilariously silly final death sequence, adding up to an entertaining premiere.
as Gloria Burgle
as Sy Feltz
as Nikki Swango
as V.M. Vargas
as Emmit Stussy; Ray Stussy
as Donny Mashman
as Maurice LeFay
as Donny Mashman
as Moe Dammick
as Dr. Homer Gilruth
as Howard Zimmerman
as Thaddeus Mobley
as Larue Dollars
as Winnie Lopez
as Yuri Gurka
as Nathan Burgle
as Ruby Goldfarb
as Paul Marrane
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No matter how it shakes out, the 90-minute Fargo premiere did an expedient job setting up one helluva mystery.
Hawley milked that death-by-AC for all it was worth, spinning and whirling its way from Nikki's apartment to Maurice's cranium, and I won't sit here and tell you the resulting Silly Putty-esque flattening wasn't worth the wait.
None of this feels like cheap heat from fanservice, mind you. It's just a deft demonstration of Hawley's understanding of the Coens' source material, and his ability to recombine its constituent elements in new forms like Legos.
It's funny, it's dark, it's unpredictable and-best of all-it's unconventional and subverts our expectations again and again.
It has been a long wait, but the spiritual successor to the Coen Brothers classic is back in the most delicious way as Season 3 of Fargo kicked off with "The Law of Vacant Places."
While "The Law of Vacant Places" isn't quite as gripping a start as either Fargo Season 2 Episode 1 or Fargo Season 1 Episode 1, I find myself invested in these characters and their stories, an wondering where this season will manage to spiral out to.
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