Fargo Season 5: 500 Years Earlier Flashback Explained

Who, or what, exactly is Ole Munch in Fargo season 5? Actor Sam Spruell explains …

"FARGO" -- "Trials and Tribulation" -- Year 5, Episode 2 (Airs November 21) Pictured: Sam Spruell as Ole Munch.
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This article contains spoilers for Fargo season 5 episode 3.

After a fourth season set in the 1950s, Fargo has returned to the present for season 5 … or at least as close to the present as Fargo can get.

Since every season of show is purported to be based on a true story (but not really), some narrative distance is necessary. Still, the 2019 of Fargo season 5 feels about as close to modern day as possible. How so? Well, everyone is angry, you see – even the normally calm and genteel Minnesotans and Montanans who give the franchise its Midwestern nice vibe. For one brief scene in episode 3, however, Fargo season 5 takes its plot a little further back in the past. Five hundred years back in the past to be precise.

Roughly 16 minutes in to “The Paradox of Intermediate Transactions,” Fargo catches up with injured assassin Ole Munch (Sam Spruell). After his close call with Dorothy Lyon (Juno Temple) and then the Tillman crew, Munch has holed up in an old woman’s home – seemingly for good as he tells her “I live here now.” Suddenly the scene cuts to a pastoral Welsh countryside with onscreen text reading “500 Years Earlier.” We then see Ole Munch, or someone who looks strikingly identical to Ole Munch, participating in a bizarre religious rite and eating food from a bowl placed on a cadaver in a coffin.


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