In less than 24 hours the riveting tale of ‘Fargo’ will finally come to a close — and boy-oh-boy, what a journey it’s been, yah? But just like any good series, there are still plenty of loose ends to tie up before these beloved characters take their final bow.
Luckily, TVRage had the chance to catch up with show stars Allison Tolman (Molly Solverson) and Colin Hanks (Gus Grimly) during a recent conference call to discuss their thoughts on that gosh darn season finale.
“I hope that fans will feel like the ending is satisfying and makes sense but also that they didn’t see it coming,” Tolman teases TVRage. “I don’t want it to feel like that they knew this is how it was going to end up, but I don’t want them to feel like they were left hanging at all.”
Though the actress was careful not to give too much away, she seemed more than happy with how things play out. “I think that all the ends are tied up properly and everything is where it should be.”
“I feel the same way,” Hanks chimes in. “I really think that it comes to a pretty great conclusion that I hope is satisfying to the viewers; that’s always the hope and you don’t want to alienate them, that’s for sure.”
But no matter what Episode 10 has in store, at least Molly now has the support of the FBI on her side — something that many dedicated fans have waited all season to see.
“We premiered that episode at a festival in Austin,” Tolman recalls. “So we watched the episode in a big theatre full of people and in that moment in the diner when [Molly] realizes that someone is going to finally listen to her, this huge cheer came up in the theatre, and I was like oh, that’s so cool. People are really, really —they’ve been sort of suffering with Molly for this whole time, and getting to see her have that breakthrough was like so cathartic for all the fans. It was really neat.”
Though, given this show’s background, it’s not going to be that simple. Let’s not forget that Molly now has one very big physical limitation now that could end up hindering her investigation.
“Molly is super pregnant, and you can obviously tell that this is going to come down to some final showdown of one kind or another in the finale,” Tolman hints. “But Molly's extreme pregnancy is also a huge hurdle for her, and then also, not just Gus but also her dad. There are a lot of people who are really worried about her involvement and not just her involvement but her determination to sort of see this thing through to the end.”
Then, of course, there’s good ole Gus, who once again is faced with a few very hard choices. Could some sort of redemption be in his future? “Possibly,” Hanks coyly replies. I guess that means we’re just going to have to wait and see.
Fans can also expect a few great scenes for Bob Odenkirk’s Bill Oswalt and Keith Carradine’s Lou Solverson (aka Molly’s father).
“I think my favorite scene with Bob is actually coming up,” Tolman reveals, adding that it will allow his character to “take off the clown makeup and really just play a really honest scene.” As for Carradine’s Lou, Tolman assures us that the character has some “great scenes in the finale” that we can all look forward to.
Speaking of things to look forward to, can viewers expect a Season 2 renewal on the horizon, and if so, would the two of them be in it?
“They haven’t really said either way what they're going to do,” Hanks divulges. “But Noah [Hawley] was pretty adamant that if we were lucky enough to be in that position that obviously the story would have to come first and I totally respect Noah to the utmost degree.”
He continues: “Whether Gus is involved in that or not is out of my control, but regardless, if he calls saying, ‘hey do you want to come back?’ I'd be there in a heartbeat.”
And while Tolman was just as in the dark about the show’s future as Hanks, she did have a few very interesting insights to add on the matter.
“Well, I can say that without giving any spoilers that if we have a second season or a second installment in the anthology, they’ve talked about skipping around in time either backwards or forwards, so we could be back or we could not be back. It's just depending upon what they want to do and if they want to go forward or backwards in time.”
But regardless, Tolman — like all of us — is sad to see the season come to an end. “My heart is breaking,” she admits. “I'm so sad for the series to be over…but I know how lucky I am to have been a part of this at all and to have it have been my first project is just such a blessing.”
‘Fargo’s season finale airs Tuesday, June 17 at 10/9c on FX.