There’s always somebody trying to desperately get away with crimes in “Fargo,” often thanks to confusion, misunderstandings, and screw-ups. In Season 3, we’re already seeing characters losing control of their lives. Here’s every “Fargo” character in the show, ranked from least to most clueless. Spoilers beyond this point!
Paul Marrane (Ray Wise)
The interesting plane passenger Gloria meets on her way to Los Angeles just seemed like a nice guy. But his appearance in the bowling alley in Episode 8 suggests he’s something more. Is he a metaphysical interventionalist? A representative of a higher power? Whoever or whatever he is, Marrane is pulling some big strings.
V.M. Varga (David Thewlis)
Cool, collected, and creepy, V.M. Varga is the crime boss villain of “Fargo” Season 3. Already he’s got Emmit and Sy on the ropes, mostly by employing slick wordplay and bad teeth. He doesn’t have the level of malevolence to rival Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) in Season 1 or Hanzee Dent (Zahn McClarnon) in Season 2, but he seems like he has other faculties to employ.
Mr. Wrench (Russell Harvard)
Returning from Season 1, the hitman who went up against Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) and actually survived the encounter pops up by coincidence to team up with Nikki. It’s nice to have a singularly dangerous person on the side of the (relatively, kind of) good guys for once.
Gloria Burgle (Carrie Coon)
This season’s “Fargo” cop, Gloria can handle a shotgun even if she can’t handle automatic doors. That already puts a lot of points in her “under control” column. We’ll have to wait and see how she handles the actual police work that’s always central to the show, but it seems as though she’ll be one of the few characters in Minnesota to think things through. Contending with the Stussy brothers probably won’t be a problem, but who knows what sort of issue Varga will present.
Winnie Lopez (Olivia Sandoval)
It only took one conversation between Winnie and Gloria for Winnie to realize their two cases were related. Within a day, the pair could pretty much solve the case of Ray, Emmit, Maurice and Ennis. Despite a tendency to overshare, Winne’s just as on-the-ball as Gloria.
Meemo (Andy Yu)
He doesn’t have much to say, but compared to Yuri, Meemo’s an equally scary dude. His disaffected air about hurting people makes him generally creepy. But it’s his completely believable turn as a no-nonsense tax attorney who easily dismantles the IRS agent (Hamish Linklater) nosing around the Emmit Stussy that shows his real prowess.
Larue Dollard (Hamish Linklater)
The IRS agent investigating Emmit Stussy shows his skills in the finale of Season 3. With a huge room filled with information, he’s able to use forensic accounting to finally fill in the holes in Gloria’s investigation — the why of it all. Not bad for a guy who previously got schooled at his own game by a hitman.
Yuri Gurka (Goran Bogdan)
Varga’s enforcer has finally gotten a chance to say some scary stuff to the other characters, as is a “Fargo” tradition for hitmen. We finally know just how dangerous Yuri is, and what a big threat he poses to the bumblers who populate the rest of the cast of characters.
Nikki Swango (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
Nikki is surprisingly together for someone who’s pinning her future financial plans on winning a sponsorship to play bridge. She obviously the brains of her relationship with Ray and she’s calm and calculating in the face of a guy with a gun or the possibility that someone might muck up her plans.
Nathan Burgle (Graham Verchere)
Gloria’s son is great so far at sitting around his boring job at a convenience store. His key moment in the premiere is forgetting a gift his grandfather made him. All things considered, could have been a little more considerate, kid.
Grace Stussy (Caitlynne Medrek)
Marrying Emmit technically makes Grace the Parking Lot Queen, so it seems like she did well for herself there. She’s also on point in stopping Emmit from going out in the snow in his slippers. So far, so good.
Chief Moe Dammick (Shea Whigham)
Echoing Bob Odenkirk’s role as the chief who won’t get out of the way of good police work is Chief Dammick. He doesn’t seem like a dumb cop, just one much more concerned with politics, chain of command and putting people in their place than actually solving crimes. He seems to be making it his personal mission to get in Gloria’s way.
Buck Olander (Dan Willmot)
It’s not clear yet if Emmit and Sy’s contact Buck is a criminal con man or just as clueless as they are, but evidence so far seems to suggest it’s the latter. Buck seems like he has no idea what he’s into, what he’s getting other people into, or even who he works with. So that’s good.
Sy Feltz (Michael Stuhlbarg)
Sy comes off as a savvy businessman and a bit of a bruiser when he’s pushing Ray around or dealing with parking lots. The moment Varga shows up, though, it’s clear he’s in way over his head. Sy is obviously just as freaked out by Varga as Emmit — even kind of hiding from the guy when he shows up. That doesn’t bode well for dealing with his future criminal intentions.
Emmit Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
The Parking Lot King of Minnesota isn’t a completely terrible at business, since he seems to be successful. He’s still pretty inept, though. He and his partner Sy managed to bumble into giving away part of their business to a criminal enterprise. Between Varga and his ongoing issues with Ray, Emmit is definitely only going to make things worse.
Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor)
If the first episode of “Fargo” Season 3 is any indication, Ray is going to get into a lot of trouble. While the guy is smart about consequences when it comes to Nikki, he also hired one of his parolees to rob his own brother. And the parolee he picked was falling asleep drunk when Ray gave him the job. Ray seems like the guy in “Fargo” who will be responsible for a lot of accidental carnage.
Maurice LaFay (Scoot McNairy)
Maurice is definitely the biggest screw-up on “Fargo” Season 3 so far. He not only robs the wrong place, he bungles the job when he gets there. And while his deep thoughts are the highlight of the premiere, it’s kind of stunning how badly he bungles everything he touches.