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The Law of Vacant Places
Season 3, Episode 1
Episode Information
Air Date:

April 19, 2017

Episode Chronology
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Next Episode:

The Principle of Restricted Choice


The Law of Vacant Places is the first of Season 3 of Fargo, as well as the twenty-first episode overall. It premiered on April 19, 2017.


A petty sibling rivalry between two brothers escalates and brings chaos to a small Minnesotan community.


At a compound in East Berlin in 1988, Colonel Horst Lagerfeld records a conversation with himself and a German citizen named Jakob Ungerleider, whom the former accuses of being "Yuri Gurka", a wanted man who had recently killed his girlfriend. Jakob tries to explain that it is a misunderstanding that both he and Yuri both have significant others named Helga, and that Yuri must have lived in the house previously before he had moved into it. Horst accuses Jakob of saying the state is wrong, and what Jakob is saying is only a story.

In 2010, in the small town of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Emmit Stussy and Stella Stussy celebrate their 25th anniversary with a large gathering at their estate.


Main cast

Recurring cast




  • First appearance of Emmit Stussy.
  • First appearance of Ray Stussy.
  • First appearance of Stella Stussy.
  • First appearance of Grace Stussy.
  • First appearance of Nikki Swango.
  • First appearance of V.M. Vargas.
  • First appearance of Gloria Burgle.
  • First appearance of Nathan Burgle.
  • First appearance of Ron Burgle.
  • First appearance of Dale.
  • First appearance of Buck Olander.

Season 3 episodes

01. "The Law of Vacant Places"
02. "The Principle of Restricted Choice"
03. "The Law of Non-Contradiction"
04. "The Narrow Escape Problem"
05. "The House of Special Purpose"

06. "The Lord of No Mercy"
07. "The Law of Inevitability"
08. "Who Rules the Land of Denial?"
09. "Aporia"
10. "Somebody to Love"

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