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If "The House of Special Purpose" is any indication things are plenty agitated already, and we're guaranteed to hear the pain before we see the results. First the poooooft, and then whatever deflated mess is left in the oven.
It finally happened. After four weeks of relatively harmless fun - save for the comically killed Maurice LaFay (Scoot McNairy) - Fargo took us to the emotional woodshed.
"The House of Special Purpose" marks the mid-way point of Fargo's third season, and in many ways feels like a transitory episode, nodding towards the potential dark ends down the road for many of these characters.
God bless the silence, restraint, and deliberately painstaking pacing of crime shows like Better Call Saul and The Americans, but there's something cathartic about watching everything collapse as quickly as possible.
The various plots are beginning to condense and intertwine on Fargo Season 3 Episode 5, the midway point of the season.
Pressure is coming from all angles, and it makes this the most eventful episode of the season.
Aside from a few clunky moments, Fargo's third season improved greatly this week as things escalated to violent levels after the Stussy brothers' feud finally began to yield dire consequences for members of the main cast.
This episode does progress things in a positive way, adding the emotional stakes that have been mostly missing so far.
While it still suffers from some of the sluggishness that's been dragging down the season as a whole, "The House Of Special Purposes" takes steps toward bringing the larger thematic concerns of the tale of the Stussys and Gloria Burgle into clearer focus.
What Fargo seems to be poking at is the little compromises we all make with ourselves to justify our indiscretions.