Fargo A Muddy Road (2014– ) Online
Malvo flips the script on the blackmail operation. Molly sets a trap, and Gus debates whether he should come clean. Lester's return to work has complicated repercussions.
|Episode cast overview, first billed only:|
|Billy Bob Thornton||-||Lorne Malvo|
|Allison Tolman||-||Molly Solverson|
|Colin Hanks||-||Gus Grimly|
|Martin Freeman||-||Lester Nygaard|
|Bob Odenkirk||-||Bill Oswalt|
|Keith Carradine||-||Lou Solverson|
|Kate Walsh||-||Gina Hess|
|Joshua Close||-||Chaz Nygaard (as Josh Close)|
|Adam Goldberg||-||Mr. Numbers|
|Russell Harvard||-||Mr. Wrench|
|Glenn Howerton||-||Don Chumph|
|Joey King||-||Greta Grimly|
|Tom Musgrave||-||Bo Munk|
|Susan Park||-||Linda Park|
|Barry Flatman||-||Wally Semenchko|
When Milos (Oliver Platt) is taking a shower, and the water turns to blood, Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is reading from Exodus 2, the story of Moses when he lived in Egypt. Later in the story of Exodus, God turns all the water in Egypt to blood.
The title refers to a Zen koan. Two monks are traveling together down a muddy road. They meet a beautiful young woman who is unable to cross the road. One monk lifts her across the road and the two monks return to the temple. The second monk then objects, saying that monks do not go near females, particularly if they are young and beautiful and asks why helped the girl. The first monk replies, "I left the girl by the road. Are you still carrying her?"
Title: A muddy road is the name of a Zen Buddhism parable/koan in which a monk helps carry a girl across a muddy road. Although it is forbidden for the monk to have anything to do with women, the monk's actions can be construed as an act of kindness rather than a breech of the rules. Muddy Road is one of 99 parables/koans from the Shaseki-shu (Collection of Stone and Sand), written late in the thirteenth century by the Japanese Zen teacher Muju.
Phil McCormick is finally named after being found dead two episodes ago.
Pearl Nygaard (Kelly Holden Bashar) and Vern Thurman (Shawn Doyle) have been demoted to co-stars, only appearing in flashbacks.
Billy Bob Thornton (Lorne Malvo) & Colin Hanks (Gus Grimly) also worked together on Парклэнд (2013) as Forrest Sorrels & Dr. Malcolm Perry respectively.
Martin Freeman (Lester Nygaard) & Billy Bob Thornton (Lorne Malvo) also worked together on Реальная любовь (2003) as John & The US President respectively.
When Gus (Colin Hanks) goes to tell his boss he could have picked up Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton), his boss mentions that "it's just like Sioux Falls all over again," a reference to the events in season two.