The Principle of Restricted Choice



Critic Consensus: "The Principles of Restricted Choice" quickly builds on the framework of Fargo's season 3 premiere, shaking up the central characters while advancing a major conflict.

Episode Info

Gloria deals with the aftermath of a crime; Vargas makes a move; and Ray and Nikki move on to Plan B.


Ewan McGregor
as Emmit Stussy; Ray Stussy
Carrie Coon
as Gloria Burgle
David Thewlis
as V.M. Vargas
Mark Forward
as Donny Mashman
Scoot McNairy
as Maurice LeFay
Jim Gaffigan
as Donny Mashman
Shea Whigham
as Moe Dammick
Brad Mann
as Gale Kitchen
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
Ray Wise
as Paul Marrane
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Critic Reviews for The Principle of Restricted Choice

I am fascinated by the presence of Yuri-who with his partner, Nemo, dropped Emmit's lawyer Irv Blumkin off a parking deck-because of what it means for the increasingly widespread tale Noah Hawley is telling in season 3.

Apr 27, 2017 | Full Review…

The driving conflict of Fargo often boils down to forceful determination and unflinching manners... It's enough to drive the more pushy among us mad, as we sit back and watch good people get taken advantage of, again and again.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This is very much the lethargic second episode the show has essentially made its signature at this point.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

We live in a world run by racist monsters who would gladly murder your children in front of you if it meant an extra zero for their net worth, so you have to take your pleasure where you can get it, and I get it from Shea Whigham.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

I'm guessing we'll all be able to enjoy this season without taking up bridge, but as an avid player, my Granny will enjoy the layers of it more than me.

Oct 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Most excitingly, this episode sets up the war brewing between Emmit and Sy vs. Ray and Nikki. Things are moving faster and faster in this slow Midwestern town. There is bound to be much more pinheadery in future episodes.

Apr 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Back to identity: Everybody here is pretty sure of who they are, but "The Principle of Restricted Choice" shakes them out of that complacency.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

"Principle" gives time to all the major players of the season so far, but its primary interest is in pushing the feud between Emmit and Ray to the next level.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

In what has become typical Fargo fashion, last week's premiere opened with a curveball and then set the machinations of its larger crime story into motion.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The crime through-line feels a touch flimsy at this point, but the characters are all still really fun and engaging and they keep the heart of the season pumping.

Apr 27, 2017 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

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