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In Fargo, Season 2, Episode 9, "The Castle", the police decide to maintain Ed Blumquist's meeting with Mike Milligan at the Motor Motel. This is after Hanzee Dent has already absconded with a car and driven away.

When the parade of police cars arrive at the motel midday to setup their sting operation, Hanzee appears to already be there, perched atop a building across the way, observing using his rifle scope.

Did Hanzee know they were going to the motel? I can only assume he trailed the police cars from a safe distance, then parked a block away and climbed a building to get a lookout post, but that seems like a bit much for him to put together on such a short notice, given the amount of time the police take arriving with the Blumquists, then taking rooms. Should I assume police had been at the motel earlier to establish rooms and Hanzee drew conclusions from having tracked them, or perhaps he was listening to a police radio?

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    Good question, I'll have to rewatch. I think the Blumquist's might have mentioned to him that they were supposed to meet Mike Milligan there but I don't recall. – sanpaco Dec 8 '15 at 19:23
  • I can't recall whether they said anything to him or in front of him about it or not. – JoshDM Dec 8 '15 at 19:24
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After rewatching both episodes, I didn't see any definite evidence that Hanzee knew ahead of time that they were going to the Motel. Between the cabin and the hotel we only see Hanzee four times.

  1. He enters the cabin and kills Dodd, spends some time there getting a "haircut", then flees when Lou and Hank show up.
  2. Next we see him return to the store, kill the owner, patch his wounds, and leave quickly in the stolen red sedan.
  3. We don't see him again until he is hidden on the roof of the Optometrist, spying on the troopers.
  4. He makes the phone call to Mrs. Gerhardt and lies, telling her that Kansas City has Dodd at the motel and they should come ambush them tonight.

The way I see it there are several likely explanations:

  1. He was already in town waiting for any sign of troopers, and happened to see them all pull in and park at the Motel.
  2. He followed them from somewhere near the cabin into town and got on the roof before they parked (this is somewhat thin because there's no way he would know they meant to stay there until they parked, but he was already on the roof when they arrived)
  3. Somehow he got word of their plans, over the radio or possibly he has been communicating with Kansas City and did some smart guessing that the police would attempt to wire Ed (also pretty thin)
  4. He overheard Ed mention to Dodd that he was going to give him over to Mike Milligan before he broke into the cabin, and guessed that they had a planned meeting place in town somewhere... (see number one)

I personally think that the most likely bet is number one, possibly combined with number four.

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    If they go straight from the cars to rooms, it is likely Hanzee got to town first and observed a police car arriving at the motel to make arrangements prior to the other cars arriving, tipping him off as to what will happen. Or, the optometrist is also across from the police station and Hanzee simply lucked out. – JoshDM Dec 9 '15 at 3:41
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He seems to have psychic abilities and perhaps that is how he knew they'd go there?

That was the impression I got from earlier episodes when he was piecing together what happened to Rye while at the Waffle Hut and the Bloomquist's garage. I could be wrong though, but it's the only thing that I can think of when trying to figure out how he knew about Motor Motel.

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    Please provide some evidence to back up your claim. – JoshDM Dec 11 '15 at 5:14
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    That was the impression I got from earlier episodes when he was piecing together what happened to Rye while at the Waffle Hut and the Bloomquist's garage. I could be wrong though, but it's the only thing that I can think of when trying to figure out how he knew about Motor Motel. Thoughts? – Jake Dec 11 '15 at 5:21

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