It seems kinda telling nobody is really posting in this thread at all; personally, I'm finding this season to basically be Fargo spinning its wheels. It's not bad at all, but man, after the high point of last week, which really seemed to be pointing everything in a direction where everything is going to snowball, this latest episode really felt like everything is still stuck in neutral. So much of the characters and the story so far either just seem like retreads from the other seasons, or wrapped in Coen homages that are REALLY on the nose compared to how well that sort of thing was woven in in the first two seasons (the whole scene between Sy and Officer Gomez might as well have had a giant neon sign saying: "HEY, REMEMBER JERRY AND MARGE?!?!?").
Almost all of the characters seem completely separate from each other to the point that when everything, presumably comes crashing together, I don't know if it will work. As much as I like Ewan McGregor, I don't think he was a good casting choice, and definitely for this kind of dual role. He just seems so confused; not the characters, so much as the actor seems baffled by everything that is happening. Thewlis is a ton of fun as Varga, but that all of the characters seem so compartmentalized really limits him; compare him to characters like Malvo or Mulligan, who were really dynamic and encountering a bunch of the other characters we were following throughout the series, which really added to their menace. Varga is almost like a figment of Sy and Emmit's imagination; he's menacing and entertaining, but doesn't feel "real" at all (and trust me, I'm not wishing he was realistic; I'm saying not "real" in that he almost doesn't even seem like a character that's "real" within the context of the show. I'm all for the wonderful, stilted weirdness of this show, but until now even the oddest characters and moments still fit much better into that world than Varga has so far).
And for a show (and movie) that has had such great roles for women, Winstead and Coon both can't help but feel a bit wasted. Both characters so far really just feel like weak copies of Marge, Molly and Peggy.
I still want to keep watching; like I said, it's not BAD, and it still looks great and at its worst it's still a solid show...it's just not nearly as great (so far) as the first two seasons were. Fargo at its best is a really, really skillful slow burn, but this is REALLY heavy on the "slow" part so far.