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The Law of Vacant Places



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.

Episode Info

In the Season 3 premiere, a petty sibling rivalry between two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community.


Carrie Coon
as Gloria Burgle
David Thewlis
as V.M. Vargas
Ewan McGregor
as Emmit Stussy; Ray Stussy
Mark Forward
as Donny Mashman
Scoot McNairy
as Maurice LeFay
Jim Gaffigan
as Donny Mashman
Shea Whigham
as Moe Dammick
Karan Soni
as Dr. Homer Gilruth
Fred Melamed
as Howard Zimmerman
Thomas Mann
as Thaddeus Mobley
Hamish Linklater
as Larue Dollars
Olivia Sandoval
as Winnie Lopez
Goran Bogdan
as Yuri Gurka
Graham Verchere
as Nathan Burgle
Andy Yu
as Meemo
Mary McDonnell
as Ruby Goldfarb
DJ Qualls
as Golem
Ray Wise
as Paul Marrane
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Critic reviews for The Law of Vacant Places

No matter how it shakes out, the 90-minute Fargo premiere did an expedient job setting up one helluva mystery.

April 20, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

April 20, 2017 | Full Review…

While not returning to screens with quite the same surging electricity of the two prior premieres, "The Law of Vacant Places" is nevertheless a rock solid introduction to Minnesota's latest batch of loveable low-lives.

August 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

December 20, 2017 | Full Review…

It's funny, it's dark, it's unpredictable and-best of all-it's unconventional and subverts our expectations again and again.

April 21, 2017 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

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."

April 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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