Use Setting As A Character
The Midwest (at least the cinematic depiction of it) has a distinct identity. Fargo uses this identity to develop the personalities, morals, and traits of the series’ core characters. The landscape and Midwestern values drive the themes of each season. Characters like Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman), and Peggy (Kirsten Dunst) and Ed Blumquist (Jesse Plemons) feel weird, yet authentic, when placed in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Additionally, part of the fun of Fargo is watching these seemingly nice, normal Midwesterners turn into ruthless criminals.