Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Fargo’s second season is a crash course in existentialism

Over the course of Fargo‘s second season on FX, central characters Ed and Peggy Blomquist have seen their lives dramatically interrupted. They began this cycle of episodes as, respectively, a butcher and a hairdresser. In short order and through extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves disposing of dead bodies and dodging both cops and gangsters alike. What does it all mean in the grand scheme of things? In a fascinating blog post called “Fargo, Camus, And Existing In An Absurd World,” writer Lynn Cinnamon posits that Ed and Peggy are facing the main challenge posed by existentialism: living a meaningful, satisfying life while accepting that death is inevitable and that humans are powerless to stop it.

Although existentialism has always been a part of the Fargo franchise, going back to the 1996 film by Joel and Ethan Coen, this season of the television show has introduced philosophy to the mix …

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