November 21, 2023
“Here’s what I know. It’s a beautiful day, and you know what they call a herd of lions? A pride. So think about that.”
That’s what Minnesota police officer Indira Olmstead (Richa Moorjani) mutters to the seemingly simple local wife and mom Dorothy “Dot” Lyon (Juno Temple) as she sits in the back of her cop car. Olmstead has just arrested Dot for tasing an officer during a school parent meeting that had erupted into a scuffle.
Indira’s line — and its allusion to the egos and vicious violence to come — is among the most prescient of the fifth installment of FX’s Fargo. Each season of the comedy-drama from Emmy-winner Noah Hawley, based on the Coen brothers’ 1996 Oscar-winning film of the same name, focuses on one story in which there are more to seemingly unconnected murders than meets the eye. This season, Fargo focuses on family — particularly, how women wield power in a country men think they run — and the debts they owe. This season’s stellar cast includes Juno Temple, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jon Hamm, Lamorne Morris, and Joe Keery. But it is Moorjani who gets to the heart of Fargo Season 5 and reflects the morality and kindness people are capable of — even in the frozen depths of Minnesota.