During the dialogue between Emmit Stussy and V.M. Varga in Emmit's study in the Fargo season 3 episode "The Narrow Escape Problem", Varga lectures him on wealth and says something like

It's a banker in Wyoming and another in Gstaad.

I also searched online for transcripts and the one I was able to find confirms this.

However, I don't quite understand this dialogue. It seems to me like that should actually say "bunker" instead of "banker", since Varga also mentions "There's an accounting coming, Mr.Stussy" and "Mongol hordes descending" and "Now what are you doing to insulate yourself and your family?" right before that.

Could someone who has access to the official transcripts or subtitles (DVD/BluRay) confirm that he really says "banker" and explain what he actually wants to say with that line in this case?

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    Since they are talking about stockpiling money...why wouldn't they be talking about bankers?
    – Paulie_D
    Commented Nov 25, 2018 at 21:29
  • Thank you. I refined it a little further into more of a dialogue explanation question rather than just a transcript lookup, since that seems to be what you're actually confused about to begin with. Seems like a reasonable question now. In general, please try to ask the actual question you're really interested in, since that often makes for a more engaging and fruitful experience for everyone involved, especially you as the asker.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Nov 26, 2018 at 15:20

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It is confirmed by the French subtitles of Netflix:

C'est un banquier dans le Wyoming et un autre à Gstaad.

And by the French dubs from Netflix:

C'est un banquier ...

and by the English subtitles

It's a banker in Wyoming and another in Gstaad.


  • Gstaad is a well known snow resort in Switzerland where highly rich people like to go. Switzerland is also known as a tax heaven.

  • Wyoming his considered as a tax heaven and it has been revealed by Panama Papers that rich people might hide money.

Being a banker working at these two places means that not only being probably rich, a banker would also be working with a lot amounts of rich people's money, and be talented in managing it and protect it from Money Enforcement.

Varga is warning Stussy about the incoming of Money Enforcement and as a "small rich", Emmit is not used to deal with them and doesn't have the backup to manage this situation.

  • Those are valid points. But the overall theme of Varga's speech was about being guarded. In addition to the quotes in my original post, he also says things like "... accumulation of wealth, not money, ... and using that wealth to become invisible" and "Rich is a fleet of private planes filled with decoys to mask your scent". Given such a context, I believe, bunker would be more fitting than banker.
    – Vectorizer
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 16:18
  • @Vectorizer, yes being guarded against Money Enforcement, since when you earn a lot of money, you'll attract attention of Money Enforcement services. A banker will help you manage this money, and turn it into wealth (investments, companies, real estate, etc) instead of just staking money in a bank account. Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 9:32
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    @Vectorizer If you're so intent on sticking to your incorrect interpretation, why do you even bother asking here? Your comment here even contradicts your own question, in which you state: "Varga lectures him on wealth". Now you claim "Varga's speech was about being guarded", simply because you don't like the answer. The fact is that the word he used is "banker", and it perfectly fits because he is saying that being wealthy means you can afford bankers in multiple known tax havens.
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 10:00
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    @Vectorizer Here's a famous routine by Chris Rock on the same topic of being rich vs being wealthy: youtube.com/watch?v=EeOUty4SWvI
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 10:03
  • @BCdotWEB: While I appreciate the contributions, I have asked "Could someone who has access to the official transcripts or subtitles (DVD/BluRay) confirm...". So far I have not received this.
    – Vectorizer
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 17:27

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