‘Fargo’ Star Carrie Coon Talks Finale Cliffhanger: ‘I’m Captain Ambiguity’

“Are you an optimist or a pessimist?” actress asks TheWrap

Last Updated: July 14, 2017 @ 9:32 PM

Carrie Coon is aware that you want answers about the open-ended conclusion to the “Fargo” finale that aired last month.

The actress earned one of the FX drama’s 16 Emmy nominations on Thursday for her role as Gloria Burgle, the state’s most competent law enforcer who finds herself facing off against V.M. Varga (David Thewlis) in Season 3’s final scene. Varga claims he will be freed from the police station in a matter of minutes, but the season ends before viewers discover if he indeed gets his just desserts.

The actress told TheWrap that she’s gotten used to her projects wrapping up with head-scratching endings, given that HBO’s “The Leftovers,” which she also appeared on, left fans with questions following its series finale last month.

“Apparently, I’m captain ambiguity because I’m involved in these shows where the endings are ambiguous intentionally,” she explained. “They’re designed to reveal more about the viewer than they are about the creator or the actor.”

She continued about the “Fargo” season-capper, “For me, the most important question I can ask is, ‘What did you think? And are you an optimist or a pessimist?'”

Coon said she’s grateful that Burgle got to interact with both Ray and Emmit Stussy, the two characters played by Ewan McGregor.

“The most satisfying perk of playing the female sheriff on ‘Fargo’ is that inevitably your story intersects with the other characters’ stories,” she said. “I got to see Ewan play both parts — some characters only worked with Ewan as either Emmit or Ray. I got to work with him in both costumes, which is great.”

She also praised Thewlis for his transformation into the disturbing and teeth-obsessed villain.

“I’m very rarely intimidated by my scene partner,” she said of Thewlis. “He’s just created this indelible human being. And those teeth — I’ll never forget those teeth for as long as I live. They’re disgusting!”