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FARGO FINALE: Kirsten Dunst Talks UFOs

FARGO FINALE: Kirsten Dunst Talks UFOs

By Yvonne Villarreal

“It’s just a flying saucer, hon.”


Show Tracker spoke to Dunst over the phone Monday afternoon about the fate of Peggy Blumquist, her thoughts on the UFO moment, acting next to hanging pigs and, naturally, her thoughts on her Saint West flub.


What did you make of the UFO moment from last week?

I mean, that was so weird, so crazy. I know that they had that in another Coen brothers’ movie. I didn’t know it was going to be that, though, significant. I thought it’d be lights, not like this big thing. I didn’t think that was going to happen.[…]

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‘Fargo’ Creator Noah Hawley Talks UFOs

Fargo Flying Saucer

By Michael O’Connell

“You want to create a story that plays into that other Coen Brothers theme — which is, ‘Accept the mystery,'” explains the Golden Globe nominee.


“It felt like that territory was open to me,” Hawley says of the UFO that appeared to hover over the hotel parking lot bloodbath in “The Castle.” “Last year, fish fell from the sky. The fun thing about having a show that starts out with ‘This is a true story,’ is that there’s this mindset where you get to play around with the fudge-ability of what’s real and what’s not. You also want to create a story that plays into that other Coen Brothers theme — which is, ‘Accept the mystery.'”

That particular mystery isn’t likely something that will be further explored in the Dec. 14 finale. (Hawley says that Dunst’s character Peggy summed it up best with her assessment of the situation: “It’s just a flying saucer, hon, we got to go.”) Either way, he says it’s something that fits thematically with the time period. “In the year or two after Star Wars and Close Encounters came out, and after Watergate, a lot that late-70s paranoia involved this feeling of being watched and not being able to even trust the skies,” he added. “At the same time, Joel and Ethan [Coen] included a bunch of that imagery in The Man Who Wasn’t There.” […]

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What Do Those Aliens On Fargo Really Mean?

     Yes, we have definitive proof that aliens exist. At least on Fargo.

Ever since those unearthly lights first descended upon the massacre at the waffle house near Luverne, Minnesota, Fargo fans have been wondering: Was that some kind of spaceship? And if so, would the show ever directly address the existence of alien life, or would it remain one of the many cosmic jokes in the Fargo world? In “The Castle” (read the recap here), we finally got our answer as Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) saw an actual UFO hovering above the shootout that she and her husband, Ed (Jesse Plemons), were escaping. “It’s just a flying saucer, Ed,” Peggy said, delivering one of the season’s best lines. “We’ve got to go.”

Of course, a flying saucer is never just a flying saucer. There are already a million great theories circulating about what that flying saucer really means. Is it a riff on a real-life close encounter that a Minnesota sheriff’s deputy claimed he experienced in 1979? […]

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‘Fargo’ Star Patrick Wilson Talks UFO Sightings

Fargo Flying Saucer

By Geoff Berkshire


Variety spoke with Wilson about Lou’s eventful episode, which included a touching exchange with Hank, a brutal face off with Bear, and the return of that mysterious UFO.


And in the midst of that fight with Bear, the UFO comes back. What does Lou make of that?

Lou’s a very practical guy. He seizes the moment and shoots Bear — he’s taking the task at hand. I don’t think he gives [the UFO] too much credence, until the next episode. At that moment he doesn’t have time to question it.

What about after Bear is shot and Lou lies back and stares at the UFO?

I remember thinking, “Am I dead?” There are those fleeting moments. “Do I walk to the light?” I think we’re more in that land. It’s the closest he’s gotten to death. I don’t think he’s too caught up in people from outer space at that point. We’ll address it in the way you can imagine Lou would address something.

Kirsten Dunst has that great line, “It’s just a flying saucer.”

That’s the kind of thing with this show. “Sure man, there’s a UFO. Why not?” They’ve seen everything else.

Did you embrace that feeling when you first read about the UFOs or did you ask (showrunner) Noah Hawley for an explanation?

In typical Noah fashion, you ask him about it and he’s like, “I don’t know, what do you think?” He’s not like, “Well, what it represents is…” I think that, yes, there’s this obsession with a phenomenon that seemed to be happening, and it was also the rise of “Close Encounters.” There was definitely a social awareness. But I remember when I read in episode one when it appears, I thought it was fantastic because it’s just so strange. There are just no answers to so much of this. And you’re not gonna get an answer. I think people like Peggy would go, “What? It’s a flying saucer.” Then again, she’s “touched” — which is my favorite line. […]

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The Real-Life UFO Story Behind This Season Of ‘Fargo’

UFOs On Fargo

By Tracy Mumford

“This is a true story.”

Those words kick off every episode of “Fargo” — they were also at the start of the 1996 movie.

Of course the Coen brothers, and now show creator Noah Hawley, are playing fast-and-loose with “truth.” But one of the most unbelievable, out-of-this-world parts of season two is, in fact, “a true story.”

(Stop reading now if you’re not caught up, Fargo watchers.)

We’re talking about the aliens.

So far, unexplained lights and UFO-talk have been in all three episodes of “Fargo,” which takes place in and around Luverne, Minn., in 1979.

For these supernatural allusions, Hawley may be pulling straight from the local history books. […]

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