[WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Tuesday's Fargo. If you haven't watched, turn back now or we'll sic our egg-laden pregnant spider on you.]
Don't be fooled by Fargo's "Minnesota nice." Lurking behind that polite veneer could be a killer or the cop who will bring that killer to justice.
On Tuesday's episode, Deputy Molly Solverson (Allison Tolman) maneuvers Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) into revealing that he recognizes suspected killer Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) from a surveillance photo she "accidentally" drops. Lester's stunned reaction to the picture is enough of a confirmation for Molly that the two men have a connection. "She knows that he's involved and that he could help her figure out what happened and so she's frustrated that he won't come forward," Tolman tells TVGuide.com. "I don't think that she realizes in the beginning that he is actually a murderer."
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When are we going to see Molly get the first big break in the case? Will she be working with Gus Grimley (Colin Hanks) more?
Tolman: After they meet up, things start rolling pretty quickly because they start comparing notes, and that's helpful. They have energies that complement each other really well. Molly is definitely undervalued, and Gus is not a natural cop. It's not really what he loves, but it is what she loves. She's discovering that she's a natural for investigation. It's hard work for him. But putting the two of them together is really useful. He's got all of this information, and she has the ability to look at the big picture.
What does Molly think of Gus?
Tolman: In the beginning, when he comes and confesses that he let this guy go, she's really frustrated. She just can't wrap her brain around why he would let him go. In a lot of ways, Molly's personal skills are sacrificed a lot of times by her drive. Seeing her with Gus and with Greta is really fun because you get to see her interact with humans and not just her co-workers and not just suspects. So I think she learns a lot through those relationships.
Is there anything romantic there?
Tolman: Yeah, maybe in the future. There's no smooching, but definitely there's a strong draw there, which I think is evident with the scene with the milkshakes. There's a romance budding, but there are these very understated Minnesota-North Dakota people, so their courtship is very stunted and funny. They don't say anything they're thinking of feeling.
She is one of the only female characters on the show, the only female on the force. Does that affect who Molly is?
Tolman: Yeah, I think it's a huge part of who she is. There's actually one woman from Canada who plays another female deputy who's got a couple of scenes later on. We decided almost instantly that these two women had a little bit of a rivalry and that Cindy did not like Molly very much. She doesn't have any allies really and is still pretty cheerful about it. They don't dislike her. They're just like, "Oh, Molly with your crazy theories and your evidence."
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