“This Is A True Story,” reads the opening credits of Fargo, "The events depicted took place in Minnesota in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred."
As the action opens, Lorne Malvo (Billy Bob Thornton) is driving down a snow-coated road in the middle of the night. When he crashes into a deer, his car flips off the side of the road. There, a man who’d been stuffed in the truck makes his getaway through the snow wearing nothing but a pair of boxers and boots. Leaving the car behind him, Lorne stares menacingly at the animal that ruined his plans.
At home, amiable but hapless husband Lester Nygaard (Martin Freeman) gets an earful