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Set in January 2006, the season follows drifter Lorne Malvo (Thornton) who stops at a hospital in Bemidji, Minnesota following a car accident and influences local mild-mannered insurance salesman Lester Nygaard (Freeman) with his violent and deceptive ways. Their meeting sets forth a series of murders throughout the city. Meanwhile, Deputy Molly Solverson (Tolman) and Officer Gus Grimly (Hanks) of Duluth, Minnesota attempt to solve several crimes across the state they believe may be linked to Malvo and Nygaard.
A prequel to the events in its first season, season two of Fargo takes place in the Midwestern United States in March 1979. It follows the lives of a young couple—Peggy (Dunst) and Ed Blumquist (Plemons)—as they attempt to cover up the hit and run and murder of Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin), the son of Floyd Gerhardt (Smart), matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family. During this time, Minnesota state trooper Lou Solverson (Wilson), and Rock County sheriff Hank Larsson (Danson), investigate three murders linked to Rye.
Set in December 2010, this new story focuses on twin brothers Ray and Emmit Stussy (both McGregor), a parole officer and parking lot businessman respectively. Ray and his wife Nikki (Winstead) plot to rob Emmit, but one failed attempt ends up attracting the attention of policewoman Gloria Burgle (Coon) through the accidental murder of her stepfather. As she investigates his past, Emmit and his business partner Sy (Stuhlbarg) try cutting ties with the mysterious V.M. Varga (Thewlis) and his shady organization from which the two borrowed money from under the impression of a loan.<<|Recap|>>