The Fargo death counter got a serious workout this season, but whose death was the bloodiest? The most shocking? The coolest? We talked to all of the FX's drama's deceased to get their picks and some funny, bloody behind-the-scenes stories. And then, in the spirit of this morbid dark comedy, we turned them into Fargo death trading cards. Collect them all!
The show's creator and executive producer Noah Hawley told Yahoo TV he loved all the Season 1 deaths, although he did name-check a memorable favorite: "They're all epic in their own right. In some ways the first is always the most shocking, but there was something about dropping Lenny in the frozen lake that I think came out really well — maybe it was the marriage of that Eden Ahbez song with it, or the look on his face when he said, 'Wait.' And they dropped him in, and then the wide shot. I like the way that came out.
"What was important to me is that the violence that's in the Coen movies is never there for entertainment — it's always this sort of shocking, sudden, graphic violence, and nowhere more clearly so than in the movie Fargo when he shoots that state trooper. It really unsettles you and rocks you, and certainly that was my goal: To never go for the entertainment value of violence, but really just make it shocking and disturbing."
And what's more shocking and disturbing than collectible trading cards commemorating the gruesome goodbyes? Click into our gallery to see them all and to hear from the dearly departed, including one actor who was magically resurrected for a new role in the season finale and one who would've preferred a poodle stand-in for his death:
"Oh my god, that's so awesome," said Jordan Peele, aka the incompetent Agent Pepper, when we told him about the cards immortalizing his onscreen demise. "That's both fun and morose," Shawn Doyle agreed, before telling us why acting out Chief Vern Thurman's death kind of sucked. And Kelly Holden Bashar, who played Lester Nygaard's (Martin Freeman) first wife Pearl, said: "I love that! Oh god, that's better than any award you could ever get!" Maybe she thinks Pearl's death reigns supreme?
Keegan-Michael Key, who played Agent Budge, is as obsessed with the show as we've all been, and had a lot to say about the many awesome deaths: "Vern's death is the best death for grizzly factor — that was like six f---ing gallons of blood coming out of his back. It's gruesome. But, to be honest, when Lester's second wife Linda died… the jacket… that's the most horrifying death. And it's more about Lester than anything else, and about him finally crossing over to pure evil, being a pure sociopathic opportunist. That poor woman! She sees Malvo, and I'm sure she's confused and terrified, and then she gets killed, alone. That shook me the most."
Which death was your favorite? Watch them all again here:
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