Fargo is without a doubt one of the greatest modern noir films, thanks to the Coen brothers' tightly wound script and an all-star cast giving outstanding performances. But one random Fargo scene stands out in particular. The part of the film in question is the Marge Gunderson date enigma where she meets up with Mike Yanagita. This scene has sparked some interesting Coen brothers theories, and when you begin to explore the possibilities you may realize that whatever you believed before may be completely wrong.
Because Mike only exists in one scene of the film, audiences are asked to draw their own conclusions about him. He’s essentially presented without context, beyond being mentioned as one of Marge’s old friends. The Fargo theories that Mike Yanagita has spawned cover everything from toxic masculinity to flipped detective narratives.
The most interesting thing about all of these Marge Gunderson conspiracy theories is that there’s not a right or wrong answer. Mike Yanagita can be everything to everyone while sobbing about his maybe dead wife. Whatever you think is the character's purpose, there's no doubt that he's a memorable character from this most memorable of '90s indie hits.
Mike Is Character Development For MargePhoto: Gramercy Pictures
Mike Represents The Selfish Motivations Of Each Character
Mike Forces Marge To Face Herself
Mike Is A Metaphor For Toxic MasculinityPhoto: Gramercy Pictures
The Scene Shows Marge's Flaws
Mike Is An Exercise In Audience Expectations