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First, this was not a monotonous season at all. It wasn’t nearly as complex or rewarding as season two (the first season was not only too gimmicky, but it was also much too obvious with an ending that was preordained early on when we met the aw shucks, upstanding Molly, who you knew had to prevail over Malvo)— but it was wickedly funny . One of the blackest jokes is the final Stussy dinner scene. This season was much more ambiguous than the writer details. Hawley is one of the few writers willing to presume a Godless universe where life is utterly chaotic and nothing makes sense (a point he hammers home a bit too frequently sometimes. Gloria’s last speech to her son was a bit transparent). Varga was one of the great, great villains — a nihilistic misanthrope, who just might have prevailed, and Nikki’s arc was beautifully rendered. She is no hero for sure as she showed on the highway with the rifle, but she was smarter and steelier than anyone would have expected. Winstead was a revelation — both fierce and tender in a really difficult role. While the show does deal in binary forces, ultimately, malevolence always coexists with good. Its a reality we must live with, and there are no easy answers. People die senseless deaths. People do selfish , terrible things. Does the ending really matter as much when the journey is so dark and comically unsettling?Unlike season one, which ended all warm and fuzzy, the following seasons definitely muddied things up a bit. Of course, maybe it was too easy if Gloria to prevailed but maybe she did and yes, maybe she didn’t). Ultimately, the world is as rotten as Varga’s teeth and people can be petty, cruel, and murderous. If Gloria did arrest Varga, so what? There are millions of Vargas and they will continue to cause havoc. Even worse, so will your good next door neighbor, your upstanding businessmen, their wives, and maybe even you. Excellent show. We all need a Nikki Swango in our lives at some point to keep it interesting.

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