Peggy Blumquist

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Peggy Blumquist
Fargo character
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First appearance "Waiting for Dutch"
Last appearance "Palindrome"
Created by Noah Hawley
Portrayed by Kirsten Dunst
Information
Gender Female
Occupation Hairdresser
Spouse(s) Ed Blumquist

Peggy Blumquist is a fictional character in the second season of the FX television series Fargo and is portrayed by Kirsten Dunst. Dunst received widespread critical acclaim for her performance and was often considered one of the best performances of 2015,[1][2] She won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.[3][4]

Character overview[edit]

Peggy Blumquist is a hairdresser in Luverne, Minnesota who is married to her high school sweetheart, local butcher Ed Blumquist. One night, she accidentally runs over Rye Gerhardt after he wandered onto the road after spotting a UFO. Peggy brings Rye back to her house instead of calling the police. Unbeknownst to Peggy, Rye is a member of the Gerhardt crime family. The second season deals with the repercussions of her and Ed's actions in covering up the hit and run.

Production[edit]

Noah Hawley has stated that when he started writing season two, he initially planned the season out as being more focused on Ed and Peggy instead of being an ensemble drama, saying "this idea of a couple, played by Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst, who are caught between these two rival crime organizations, the Gerhardt family and the Kansas City mafia. Well, suddenly you have two rival crime organizations that need characters, and you also need your cops who are going to interject themselves between these people. So suddenly you have four or five huge moving pieces that have to be serviced."[5]

During filming, Dunst purposely did not read any of the non-Ed and Peggy related storylines, saying "Peggy's so in her own world, I didn't want to be influenced by anything else that was happening in the story. So I just would read things that were happening with Ed and Peg. She's so tunnel-visioned about her goals and what needs to happen that I didn't want to think about the whole show. It makes it more fun for me now, because I can watch and enjoy it myself and not know what everyone's going to say."[6]

Reception[edit]

Dunst received widespread critical acclaim for her performance and was often cited as one of the best performances of 2015.[1][2][7][8]

Accolades[edit]

For her performance, Dunst won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Best Performances of 2015". Screen Rant. January 2, 2016. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Jacobs, Matthew (December 21, 2015). "The 23 Best Performances Of 2015 Across Pop Culture". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ THR Staff (January 17, 2016). "Critics' Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (July 14, 2016). "The 68th Annual Emmy Nominations: The Complete List". Deadline. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Porter, Rick (October 12, 2015). "'Fargo' Boss Noah Hawley Explains Where Season 2 Goes From Here". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ Porter, Rick (October 19, 2015). "'Fargo' Star Kirsten Dunst: Peggy's "Mental Illness" Is Manifesting". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hale, Mike; Poniewozik, James; Genzlinger, Neil (December 7, 2015). "The Best TV Shows of 2015". The New York Times. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Best TV Actress". IGN. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kirsten Dunst Awards". Retrieved September 6, 2016.