The following contains information about the final episode of Fargo Season 3.

In the final scene of Fargo Season 3 Varga has been detained by homeland security, and is being interviewed by Burgle. The two exchange some pleasantries, and Varga says:

No, that’s not what’s going to happen. In five minutes that door is going to open, and a man you can’t argue with will tell me I am free to go, and I’ll stand from this chair, and disappear into the world, so help me, god.

I'm certain this is a reference to another film, where a detective successfully detains the criminal, but is then told to let him go by a superior. What is the referenced film (series)?

  • I heard this recently in another TV show..at least along very similar lines of not verbatim. Not sure if it's a reference or just common dialogue.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 10:25
  • Well that sucks... I'm sure I've heard that sentence before (it kind of seems to be something recent) and I never watched Fargo. I hate myself for not remembering where... Seems to me that it was something from a powerful bad guy or something related to knowing the future. Maybe The Edge of Tomorrow that I watched recently... I would have to watch it again to be sure, though.
    – LeonX
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 15:31
  • Maybe on one of those super hero series: Gotham, Daredevil, and so on... Looks like something a villain who runs the prison would say to the good guy who caught him.
    – LeonX
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 15:36

2 Answers 2


I believe it's from the "Lord of War" movie (alternative link for the europeans).

  • could you tell us how you found this, and possibly provide a transcript of what's said in the clip?
    – DForck42
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 19:02

I think you're thinking of American Made with Tom Cruise. The trailer was released this year and there is a point where he is caught and he states something similar.

  • The trailer was released this year? I don't think Fargo would be referencing a film that isn't even out yet.
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 13:47
  • Since I have heard it also in a recent TV episode (which, unfortunately, I cannot recall), I'm pretty sure this verges on a trope.
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 13:53
  • @F1Krazy good point... didn't even think about this question in relation to Fargo. I just knew the quote sounded familiar and I remembered hearing something similar in the trailer of American Made.
    – Cole L
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 14:29
  • @ColeL afraid I've never seen it, so don't think it's that, thanks for trying though
    – Preston
    Commented Jun 23, 2017 at 15:41

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