If there’s one rule to live by in Fargo, it’s that those who do wrong generally meet a grisly end and in their own unfortunate way Ed (Jesse Plemons) and Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) Blumquist have been very, very bad.
With wood chipper, meat grinder and asphalt grave all taken, as season two hits the homestretch we get creative predicting what scenarios – from the abstract to the more credible –will cause their demise. As Floyd Gerhardt (Jean Smart) says in this week’s episode, “Different roads. Same destination.”
Death by retro bus
After almost skipping town in episode five, Peggy decides to face the music returning on a retro bus with an ominous double streak of red paint on the rear window. As “Shambala”, Three Dog Night’s ode to paradise plays it seems she’s sacrificed her chance to be free of her stifling life and the bloody mess that she and Ed have created.
Peggy is felled by a retro bus while on the lamb from the Gerhardts and the police, her ticket out finally realised as the lyrics of “Shambala” play – “Wash away my trouble, wash away my pain…..” It’s the type of ironic death that Fargo’s storytellers might favour.
Death by brain ‘splosion
Mike Milligan (Bokeem Woodbine) is a quotidian quote master who confuses his prey with highfalutin literary mumbo jumbo. To paraphrase Simone Gerhardt (Rachel Keller), it’s like being verbally abused with a thesaurus.
Interrogating Ed as to why he’s masquerading as contract killer The Butcher of Luverne for his Kansas City mob, Mike goes too far reeling off a particularly curly philosophical line. Ed’s face is consumed with confusion then blankness as his brain explodes.
Death by a thousand paper cuts
We didn’t see Peggy in this week’s episode. In fact the last time we saw her she was tasering Dodd Gerhardt (Jeffrey Donovan) to oblivion in her basement surrounded by her beloved columns and columns of fashion and travel publications.
Dodd’s convulsing torso triggers a heaving shelving unit of books to topple them both. Peggy is lacerated and suffocated to death by the very source of her aspirations.
Death by split screen
Fargo’s makers are loving the split screen technique this season. A nod to ‘70’s cinema, it’s a technique that often contrasts and compares the trajectory of its characters.
On a snowy South Dakotan plain, Peggy and Ed run to each other, finally to be reunited after being in hiding. Neither can see the white line of the split screen that divides them, which on impact literally carves both in two. What a cutting blow.
Death by the hands of Hanzee… or Bear… or Floyd… Or Lou… or…
The time is looming as one plod puts it for a showdown of “tommy gun blood baths and heads rolling on the road.” Odds are Peggy and Ed will face their deaths at the hands of their considerable adversaries as they converge for the foretold Sioux Falls massacre. Sioux Falls ironically is the venue for Peggy’s Lifespring seminar.
Take your pick; a garroting by Hanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon), a bear hug by Bear Gerhardt (Angus Sampson), a meat cleaver slice and dice by Floyd, a bullet of mercy from Lou Solverson (Patrick Wilson).
The possibilities are endless.
Watch episode 7 here.
Fargo Season 2 continues Wednesdays 9.30pm on SBS.