The truth is out there: The UFOs and aliens on FX's Fargo, explained

The key to understanding the FX drama's most offbeat motif lies in one of the Coen Brothers' most under-appreciated gems

Season two of Fargo
(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)

Okay, Fargo fans: Let's talk about aliens.

Fargo's second season — a dense, twisty, but otherwise earthbound story of crime in the Midwest — is haunted by the specter of extraterrestrial life. In last week's premiere, Rye Gerhardt (Kieran Culkin) stumbles out of a Waffle Hut, in which he's just committed a triple homicide, to see a trio of strange lights on the horizon. As he looks on in wonder, the lights rotate above him in a classic flying saucer shape, then zoom off across the horizon.

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Scott Meslow

Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor for TheWeek.com. He has written about film and television at publications including The Atlantic, POLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.